Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E.

Total Semester Credit Hours = 30

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program are expected to have a background equivalent to that of students graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program offered at The University of Texas at Tyler, or to obtain such background through specified prerequisite coursework.

To be admitted to the MSEE program a student must meet the following admission requirements.

  1. Satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Satisfactory grade point average on the student’s last four semesters of academic study and last 60 semester credit hours of upper division undergraduate or graduate courses.
  3. A bachelor’s degree in an Electrical Engineering program accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. Students who have not earned such a degree will be required to complete prerequisite (leveling) coursework before starting the MSEE program as determined by the MSEE Program Coordinator.
  4. A demonstrated proficiency in the use of the English language, both spoken and written.
  5. Resume.
  6. Approval of the MSEE Program Coordinator and the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program will also be given to one or more of the following: the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Graduation Requirements

There are three options to earning the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE): (1) Thesis option, (2) Non-thesis option and (3) BSEE/MSEE Straight-through option

To graduate the student must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average on all course work attempted toward the MSEE degree, while enrolled in the MSEE program, with the exception of courses from which the student has withdrawn and courses subsequently retaken for grade replacement. Courses not recognized under the MSEE degree plan and transfer courses are not counted in the computation of GPA. No more than three credit hours each, of independent study courses, graduate internship or graduate project (EENG 5393), may be applied towards the degree. The program options and additional degree requirements are as follows:

Thesis Option (30 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 24 semester credit hours of graduate coursework, successfully complete at least six credit hours of graduate thesis research, successfully prepare a research thesis, and pass a final oral examination that is primarily focused on the research thesis but may also address coursework. The final examination will be administered by the student’s graduate academic committee. The coursework requirements are 15 credits in core electrical engineering subjects, 3 credits in advanced mathematics, and 6 credits of approved electives. This program option is intended primarily for students who wish to conduct research and expand electrical engineering knowledge. Students considering a doctoral program in engineering are strongly encouraged to pursue the thesis option.

Non-Thesis Option (30 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 30 semester credit hours of graduate coursework. Twenty one credit hours are devoted to a core of electrical engineering graduate coursework and 3 credits are in advanced engineering mathematics. Six credits are in approved electives. This degree option is intended primarily for students in practice who want to enhance their technical skills.

BSEE / MSEE Straight-through option (30 SCH):  This option is available only to UT-Tyler undergraduate students. This option is intended as a “straight-through” BSEE-MSEE program; students must go directly from the BSEE program into the MSEE program and complete the MSEE portion of the program without interruption. Students will be provisionally admitted to and must start the straight-through program in the fall of their senior year.  Students will be fully admitted upon satisfactory completion of all BSEE graduation requirements and the MSEE program admission requirements. Students admitted into the program are allowed to take nine credits of graduate course work during their senior year. Students admitted into the program must also take one credit of undergraduate research seminar (EENG 4105). Graduate course work successfully completed during senior year may be counted toward the technical-elective requirements of the BSEE degree. Students must obtain a grade of B or higher in all graduate courses attempted during their senior year. The coursework requirements are 21 credits in core electrical engineering subjects, 3 credits in advanced mathematics, and 6 credits of approved electives. Students who do not satisfy the above conditions will not be allowed to continue in the BSEE/MSEE straight-through program.

MSEE Program Outcomes

The Program Outcomes of the MSEE program represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities that graduates are expected to have at the time of completion of their program.

  1. Breadth and Depth: Students will be able to apply knowledge at a graduate level in two of the following areas: electronics, power systems, controls, advanced engineering mathematics, signal processing, communications, real-time systems, computer systems, electromagnetic and power electronics.
  2. Modern Engineering Tools: Students will be able to use modern engineering tools for analysis and design as applied to engineering problems.
  3. Advanced Engineering Mathematics: Students will be able to apply principles of advanced engineering mathematics including probability and statistics to engineering problems.
  4. Systems Design: Students will be able to apply systems design approaches including modeling and simulation of interacting sub-systems to complex engineering problems.
  5. Design Methods: Students will be able to demonstrate application of design methodology by comparing and evaluating solutions to engineering problems.
  6. Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective oral, visual and written communication skills from a technical perspective.

Transfer of Credit

A student may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of "B" or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit will be  subject to the approval of the MSEE Program Coordinator or approval of the Department chair.