M.S. Electrical Engineering

University of Rochester

Program Description

M.S. Electrical Engineering

University of Rochester

M.S. Electrical Engineering

The MS degree requires at least 30 credit hours of graduate courses. In addition, each MS candidate must: (a) write a master's thesis and include from 6 to 12 credit hours of research in the 30-hour program or (b) take an MS exam.


At least 24 credit hours of the overall 30 must be at the 400 level or higher; and at least 12 of these credit hours must be in Electrical and Computer Engineering, exclusive of research or reading courses.


At least 18 credit hours must be earned in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the 200 level or higher.


To be successful in the graduate program, the student must have a strong background in mathematics. If you think that you need more mathematics work, please consult with an ECE faculty member before proceeding with the formal program of study.


All thesis option Plan A MS students must successfully defend a thesis. The exam must be conducted by a committee of no less than two ECE faculty members and one outside faculty member. This thesis defense must be completed the MS exam by the end of November for Fall graduation or by the end of April for Spring graduation. Check with the Department about specific dates -- the deadlines vary each year. These deadlines are clearly stated on the Graduate Calendar.


All part-time and non-thesis option full-time students must pass a Plan B - MS exam, which can be a term project OR an essay OR an oral exam. The exam must be conducted by a committee of no less than two ECE faculty members. Make sure to complete the MS exam by the end of November for Fall graduation or by the end of April for Spring graduation. Check with the Department about specific dates -- the deadlines vary each year. These deadlines are clearly stated on the Graduate Calendar.


MS students should view the ECE Exam Flowchart for exam requirements.


Each MS candidate, including students who plan to pursue a PhD, must also declare a concentration of study. Concentrations are organized as three-course sequences. The goal is to provide depth in the MS education, as opposed to a random sampling of courses, with the expectation that students are able to follow the literature in at least one research concentration upon graduation. The areas of concentration are: Signal/Image Processing, Biomedical/Ultrasound, Superconducting Electronics, Solid-State Electronics, Optoelectronics, VLSI/IC Microelectronics Design, Computer Design, Fields and Waves, and the new MSEE with a Concentration in Musical Acoustics and Signal Processing.


At the bottom of this page is the list of approved courses required for the successful completion of each concentration. We recommend that you also refer to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Bulletin or ask your advisor for the latest information.


Areas of Concentration and Research


The Department's graduate research is partitioned roughly into a few categories, many of which overlap depending on the type of research that the student undertakes. As examples, signal and image processing projects are important in biomedical ultrasound and implemented in VLSI technology, and opto-electronics and solid-state electronics often overlap.

  • MSEE with a Concentration in Musical Acoustics and Signal Processing
  • MSEE with a Concentration in Power / Smart Grid
  • Biomedical Ultrasound and Biomedical Engineering
  • Signal and Image Processing and Communications
  • Integrated Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • Superconductivity and Solid-State Electronics
  • Opto-Electronics


Last updated August 12, 2015
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