MS in Electrical Engineering

General

Program Description

With over 50 years of engineering experience, Florida Tech is a leader in science and engineering education and research. The master’s in electrical engineering program prepares graduates to meet the technological challenges of the 21st century. Electrical and computer engineering graduates are sought by every major industry in the economy from aerospace, automotive, medical, and nuclear companies to electronic, computer, power, and communications organizations.

Employers need electrical engineers to design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power equipment. Graduates with a master’s in electrical engineering work primarily in research and development, engineering services, manufacturing, and the federal government.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

As a leading research university, every student at Florida Tech participates in hands-on research in addition to coursework. Graduate students earning a master’s in electrical engineering pursue projects that align with their interests and career goals. Students’ benefit from small class sizes and collaboration with department professors on research topics including:

  • Speech processing
  • Machine learning
  • Image processing
  • Semiconductor modeling
  • Wireless communication
  • Fiber optics

Using the latest body of knowledge in the industry, Florida Tech professors cover all aspects of electrical and computer engineering including development, design, operation of electrical systems, and software. Specialization in the master’s in electrical engineering degree is offered in wireless communication, photonics, spacecraft systems, systems and information processing, and wireless systems and technology.

Why Pursue A Master's In Electrical Engineering At Florida Tech?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is Florida Tech’s second-largest engineering program, with an exciting climate of technical innovation. The program allows students interested in an electrical engineering master’s degree to push the boundaries in unique research topics and advanced technological solutions.

Five unique areas of specialization are offered in the electrical engineering master’s program. Depending on their career goals, students can customize their curriculum to align with their interests in electromagnetics, photonics, spacecraft systems, systems, and information processing, or wireless systems and technology.

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Low Student-To-Faculty Ratio, With A Culture Of Innovation

Florida Tech is a top choice for an electrical engineering master’s degree. Students experience an intimate, focused environment where professors mentor students, class sizes are small, and there is an opportunity for students to work with faculty on research topics such as speech processing, machine learning, wireless communication, and image processor and semiconductor modeling.

Florida Tech’s highly distinguished faculty is advancing the industry through cutting-edge research. Each faculty member is a professional engineer who has experience in real-world design and research. As one of the top electrical engineering schools in the country, Florida Tech’s culture of innovation and hands-on learning prepares graduates to enter a variety of competitive fields in electrical engineering.

High Tech Laboratories And Facilities

Excellent facilities are vital to all top electrical engineering schools and Florida Tech does not disappoint: the university is home to a number of centers and institutes where faculty members and students conduct research. Students earning an electrical engineering master’s degree have access to the F. W. Olin Engineering Complex, a state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar facility providing an outstanding learning environment that is outfitted with the instruments and equipment students will encounter in the workplace. In addition, the Harris Center for Science and Engineering, the Applied Research Laboratory, and the Wireless Center of Excellence are equipped with 21st-century technology and facilities to support electrical engineering master’s degree study and research.

Located In The Heart Of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor

Florida Tech’s 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us). The area has one of the largest high-tech workforces in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.

Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.

Degree Specializations

Electrical engineering internships and research can also be tailored to these specializations:

  • Electromagnetics: Students develop the analytical and computational tools needed to understand and solve complex field interactions including radiating structures, radar, field and wave propagation, scattering, and interaction with materials.
  • Photonics: This specialization is oriented to both devices and systems including fiber-optic communication and sensing, lasers and laser system applications, and optical computing and signal processing.
  • Spacecraft Systems: This interdisciplinary specialization combines both electrical and systems engineering, offering a unique opportunity to learn advanced collaborative system design to meet the challenges of the aerospace industry.
  • Systems and Information Processing: The systems and information processing specialization focuses on systems, digital signal and image processing, neural networks, and controls.
  • Wireless Systems and Technology: This specialization is focused on technologies surrounding wireless communication on both the system level, (such as wireless sensor networks and multimedia communication) and at the component level (such as electronics and antenna design).

Students also collaborate with numerous organizations for civil engineering internships, research projects and even employment including:

  • The National Science Foundation
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

Curriculum

To earn a master of science degree, the student must complete an approved program plan for a total of 30 credit hours. The program may be tailored to a specific area of study or it may follow the requirements for one of the available specialization areas.

Electromagnetics

This area of specialization provides a background in applied and computational electromagnetics. Students develop analytical and computational tools needed to understand and solve complex field interactions including antennas and radiating structures, radar, field and wave propagation, scattering, and interaction with materials. The curriculum requirements are provided as follows:

  • ECE 5410 Electrodynamics 1
  • ECE 5425 Antennas 1
  • ECE 5431 Computational Electromagnetics
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 21

Photonics

Recent advances in optical communications and sensing have been largely due to the development of photonic devices and systems. This specialization is oriented to both devices and systems encompassing a wide range of areas including fiber-optic communication and sensing, lasers and laser system applications, and optical computing and signal processing. The study and research of these advanced devices and systems comprise the direction of this program.

Students are highly recommended to take the following three introductory courses:

  • ECE 5301 Semiconductor Device Theory
  • ECE 5350 Optical Electronics
  • ECE 5351 Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 21

Recommended Electives

  • ECE 5259 Medical Imaging
  • ECE 5311 Microelectronics Fabrication Lab
  • ECE 5352 Fiber-Optic Sensor Systems
  • ECE 5355 Electrooptics Laboratory
  • ECE 5410 Electrodynamics 1
  • ECE 5418 Field Theory of Guided Waves 1
  • MTH 5201 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering 1
  • MTH 5202 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering 2
  • PHY 5020 Optics

Systems and Information Processing

Within this area of specialization, courses are selected to allow concentrations in areas that include systems, digital signal and image processing, neural networks, and controls. Each student plans a program of study with a member of the faculty whose professional field is related to the student’s interests.

The curriculum requirements for this area are provided as follows:

  • ECE 5201 Linear Systems 1
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
  • MTH 5425 Theory of Stochastic Signals
  • Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 15
  • ECE 5223 Digital Communications

or

  • ECE 5234 Communications Theory

Wireless Systems and Technology

This area is focused on technologies surrounding wireless communication. It covers a wide range of topics both on the system level and the component level. On the system level, some of the studied areas include 2G and 3G cellular communication systems, wireless sensor networks, radars systems, smart antenna, and MIMO communication systems, multimedia communication, radars, WLAN, and WiMAX. On the component level, this specialization covers topics in electronics, electromagnetic, and antenna design. Additionally, enabling signal processing, linear system theory, and radio propagation topics are covered.

The curriculum requirements are separated into two parts as follows:

  • All courses from the core curriculum list Credit Hours: 15
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 15
  • ECE 5111 Radio Frequency Propagation
  • ECE 5201 Linear Systems 1
  • ECE 5234 Communications Theory
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
  • MTH 5425 Theory of Stochastic Signals

Recommended Electives

  • ECE 5113 Wireless Local Area Networks
  • ECE 5115 Modern Wireless Design Concepts
  • ECE 5118 Wireless Sensor Networks
  • ECE 5221 Personal Communication Systems
  • ECE 5223 Digital Communications
  • ECE 5238 Error Control Coding
  • ECE 5248 Advanced Filtering
  • ECE 5251 Radar Systems
  • ECE 5418 Field Theory of Guided Waves 1
  • ECE 5425 Antennas 1
  • ECE 5426 Antennas 2

With the approval of the student’s advisor, other 5000-level courses may be added to the list of the approved electives.

Program for Graduates from Other Fields

A student admitted to this program is expected to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent, with an undergraduate major in an engineering discipline, mathematics or the physical sciences, and an academic and/or professional record indicating a high probability of success in graduate work. Preparatory courses may be required to provide a student with the background necessary for successful graduate study. Depending on the individual’s background, other courses (e.g., differential equations and linear algebra) may also be required. Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated by either successful course completion or by passing an equivalency examination. When possible, a student will be notified of deficiencies at the time of acceptance. In addition to the preparatory work described, all degree requirements listed above must be fulfilled.

Total Credits Required: 30

Career Options

Electrical engineering careers include such varied jobs as:

  • Electrical and electronic engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Electrical instrumentation engineer
  • Process instrumentation engineer
  • Avionics engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technician
  • Electrical and electronics installers and repairer
  • Electromechanical technician

Careers are also found in such unique career subfields as systems engineering, nuclear technology, and energy engineering.

Last updated Aug 2020

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