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MS Degree Program

Two Master's degree options are available to students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

MSEE (Traditional Thesis Path)     Plan I:*     30 Hours
MSEE (Professional Path)     Plan III:*     33 Hours

*  Plan I, Plan III, etc., refers to Graduate College designation.

Students in the Professional Path (Plan III) are required to take courses in at least four areas of ECEN at the 5000 level (designated by second digit of course number). Students in the Traditional Thesis Path (Plan I) are required to take courses in at least two areas of ECEN at the 5000 level (designated by the second digit of course number). A summary of the two degree program requirements is given in the following table:

  Traditional Path
MSEE (30 hrs.)
Plan I*
Professional Path
MSEE (33 hrs.)
Plan III*
(Outside Dept., 4000 level or above)
3 hours 3 hours
(Must be Graduate approved courses. May include non-ECEN graduate level courses with approval of the students's graduate advisory committee)
  6 hours
THESIS 6 hours  
ECEN 5070 or ECEN Grad. Level Course 3 hours  

Note:  For Professional Path option (Plan III), a 3-hour ECEN 5000+ course (with a term   project) is designated as the creative component.  Or, a 3 hour ECEN 5070 may be completed, under the supervision of an ECEN professor.

For the Traditional Path option (Plan I), the optional 3 hours of ECEN 5070 should be completed with the thesis advisor.

ENGL4893 RESEARCH WRITING FOR INTL GRAD (3 credit hours) cannot be used toward the degree.

Additional Master’s degree requirements are:

  1. Professional Path students MUST take at least 6 hours from ECEN 5513, 5613, 5713, 5763 and any remedial courses at the first enrollment opportunity after entrance into the MS program.
  2. Traditional Path students MUST take at least 3 hours from ECEN 5513, 5613, 5713, 5763 and any remedial courses at the first enrollment opportunity after entrance into the MS program.
  3. Up to two (2) 4000 level ECEN courses that have been approved for graduate credit within the ECEN program may be included on the Master’s plan of study. The list of approved courses is included at the end of this bulletin.
  4. No course required for the BSEE degree at OSU may appear on a study plan for the Master’s degree.
  5. No course that was applied to BSEE credit may be included on a graduate plan of study.
  6. The minimum requirement of 18 hours of graduate-level courses in ECEN MAY NOT include the following courses: ECEN 5000, 5030 and 6050.
  7. CS 4113 IS NOT appropriate for M.S. Plans of Study in this department.
  8. Graduate College regulations REQUIRE a minimum of 21 hours of 5000-level courses on all Master’s plans.
  9. Students who do not have a BSEE degree CAN include only one “outside” course on their Master’s Plan of Study. All students MUST have at least one course “outside” ECEN.
  10. For the technical elective (3 hours), courses that are cross-listed with ECEN must be approved by the student’s advisor.


  1. 3.0 GPA in an accredited BSEE program is the usual standard for admission to the MSEE program. However, applicants with lower GPA, to about 2.7, may be granted probationary admission. Students who have BS degrees in other engineering fields may be admitted to the MSEE program, subject to the same GPA requirements. These candidates will be expected to take enough prerequisite courses (from undergraduate ECEN courses, and perhaps some Math, CS and Physics) to accomplish two ends: (a) to assure a reasonable basis for success in the graduate courses to be taken for the MSEE degree; and, (b) to assure that when the candidate goes into practice with the MSEE degree, there will be no potentially “embarrassing holes” in the candidate’s technical background. This may well require some prerequisite courses in areas of  study in which the student has little interest and in which he/she has no intention of practicing after graduation. Students are sometimes admitted to an MSEE program with a grade of “C” in one or two junior or senior courses. Students may be required, as a condition of admission to the MSEE program; to repeat such courses, or take another undergraduate –level course in the same or closely-related area of study. A grade of “B” MUST be attained in such prescribed prerequisites.
  2. Students admitted unconditionally to the program are assumed competent to take the required M.S. courses. If the student feels unprepared for one of the required classes, he/she may enroll in the appropriate prerequisites.
  3. Students admitted conditionally should enroll in the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as a first priority. Graduate courses may be taken concurrently with prerequisite courses in other areas. The student need not necessarily complete all prerequisite courses before taking the first 5000-level courses.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION:  Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam must be submitted with the application. Applicants scoring 500 and higher on the verbal section and 700 and higher on the quantitative section of the GRE have proven to be competitive within the ECE graduate program.

RETENTION STANDARDS:  The Graduate College bulletin sets forth certain minimum grade standards for retention:  The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering expects all candidates to attain grades of “B” in all courses taken as graduate students, whether prerequisite courses or courses listed as part of the Plan of Study. A grade below “B” in a prerequisite course is cause for suspension. A 3.0 or above GPA in graduate courses must be maintained. A grade below “C”, or more than two (2) “C’s” in graduate courses will result in suspension.


Graduate College credit requirements for the Master of Science degree may be satisfied by one of the following alternatives:

  1. A thesis of 6 credit hours, plus 24 (or more) hours of course work for a total of 30 hours. ( Graduate College Plan I)
  2. 33 hours of approved course work which MUST include a three-hour creative component (course or independent study). (Graduate College Plan III)

Note that Graduate College Plan II, the report option IS NOT available to ECEN students.

A preliminary Plan of Study for the Master’s Degree should be worked out by the student and his/her advisor. This plan should include a listing of course work contemplated, and an estimate of the time schedule. All Master of Science degree students must satisfy the creative component requirement of the Graduate College. For students electing the Plan III option, at least 3 hours must be designated with the advisor’s approval, as the creative component ( which may include independent study ). The initiative for proposing a plan of study lies with the student; the student should note the Graduate College requirement that a Master’s plan be filed BEFORE the student registers for his/her 17th hour of graduate credit. A creative component proposal MUST ALSO BE approved and filed.

The approval of the student’s advisor and two other faculty members as well as that of the Dean of the Graduate College is required on all Master’s Plans of Study. The student should work out his proposed plan of study with his advisor and arrange for typing and submission of the final version to the graduate college.

Study plans may be revised from time to time; the revision is accomplished by submitting a new plan as outlined above. The Graduate College REQUIRES that the final plan be filed before registration for the semester in which the necessary work for the degree will be completed.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering waives the foreign-language requirement for Master’s Degree.