MS in Electrical Engineering
Electrical and electronics engineers work on components, devices, and systems that use electricity and magnetism. Electrical engineering is a wide discipline that provides society with many critical utilities. Electrical Engineering has an impact on public welfare and safety, as well as on health and healthcare, the environment, quality of life, transportation, computing, and leisure. The ECE Department prepares students to make contributions in these areas by providing advanced studies as part of the Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering degree program, which can be completed on campus or online.
The MS in Electrical Engineering curriculum encompasses completion of a minimum of 45 or 48 (with the two-term graduate co-op participation option) approved graduate quarter credit hours, chosen in accordance with the following requirements and a program plan arranged with the graduate advisors in consultation with the student's supervising professor, if applicable.
A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken from among the graduate course offerings of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. These core courses must be broken down in the following manner:
|EE coursework*(ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET)
|General ECE coursework(ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET)
*Research-intensive courses (ECEx 697, ECEx 898, ECEx 997, & ECEx 998) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
The remaining courses needed to reach the minimum credit hour requirement for the degree program are considered elective courses. Elective courses can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE, ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET); other departments within the College of Engineering (AE, CHE, CIVE, CMGT, EGEO, EGMT, ENGR, ENVE, ET, MATE, MEM, PROJ, PRMT, SYSE); the School of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Health Systems (BMES); the Department of Mathematics (MATH); the Department of Physics (PHYS); the Department of Chemistry (CHEM) and the Department of Biology (BIO). Operations Research graduate-level coursework in the Department of Decision Sciences (OPR) and Computer Science graduate-level coursework in the College of Computing & Informatics (CS) may also be taken towards completion of this requirement.
In order to have courses outside of the departments, schools, and subjects listed above count towards degree completion, they must be approved by the graduate advisors prior to registration for said courses.
Please note that ECEC 500 (Fundamentals of Computer Hardware) and ECEC 600 (Fundamentals of Computer Networks) do not count towards the credit requirements needed to complete this MS degree program.
Master's Thesis & Independent Research
Although not required, students pursuing an MS degree, especially those interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. or entering a research-intensive career, are encouraged to complete a Master's Thesis as part of their MS studies. For more information regarding the Master's Thesis process, please visit the thesis information page.
It is also possible for MS students to engage in research for academic credit outside of the scope of the thesis option. This research is still performed under the supervision of a faculty member; however, the end result is not submission of a Master's Thesis. This option is best suited for those students interested in gaining exposure to the research process and environment without the commitment to writing a thesis or for those students interested in delving deeper into a topic that is outside the scope of the normal graduate course offerings. Students interested in engaging in research for academic credit should read more about their options on the graduate student-initiated courses information page.
Regardless of whether or not a Master's Thesis is being completed, a total of 9 credits of research-intensive coursework (ECEx 697, ECEx 898, ECEx 997, & ECEx 998) may be counted towards the minimum credit hour requirement for the MS degree program. These credits are counted as core courses.
Graduate Co-op Program
Students pursuing an MS degree may choose to participate in the graduate co-op program, where up to 6 credit hours can be earned for up to two terms of full-time co-operative education experience in industry, working on curriculum related projects. Students participating in a single-term full-time co-op experience will earn 3 credits, which are considered an elective course. Students engaging in a two-term full-time co-op experience will earn 6 credits, 3 credits of which are considered an elective course; the other 3 credits are considered as an additional course, increasing the total minimum credit requirement for graduation from the MS degree program with a two-term full-time graduate co-op to 48 credits. For more information regarding the graduate co-op program, please visit the graduate co-op information page.
All approved transfer credits are considered elective courses, regardless of content equivalency. If a transfer credit request is approved for one of the required core courses, the student is exempt from taking said core course but must make up the credits by taking a different course from among the graduate course offerings of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. More information about the transfer credit process can be found on the transfer credit information page.
Every MS student is required to construct a program plan in consultation with the graduate advisors and the student's supervising professor, if applicable. This program plan will outline the student's path to degree completion, including at minimum all courses the student plans to take and the term in which those courses are to be taken.
For more information about the planning, submission and approval process for program plans, please visit the Constructing an MS Program Plan page.