M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering

The MSECE degree is offered with the following options:

  • a research degree requiring a thesis
  • a courses-only degree
  • a courses-only degree online

The thesis option is designed for individuals seeking an in-depth research experience in addition to coursework, and it is the ideal choice for students who are interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D degree. The course-based degree is designed for working engineers or recent graduates who want to broaden their knowledge base.

Please see the official Department Graduate Policy for the detailed degree requirements in both options.

MSECE with Thesis Option

Coursework

The master’s degree requires 30 credit hours including at least 24 graduate course credits and at least 6 credits for master’s thesis (ELEG 869). The 24-credit course program for each students must include:

  • Six (6) credits of electrical and computer engineering foundation courses.
  • Eighteen (18) credits of advanced technical courses (level 600 or above) related to the student’s area of interest. At least three (3) credits must be of 800 level electrical and computer engineering courses and at most twelve (12) credits can bear non-ELEG/CPEG numbers.

Courses should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor and be related to the student’s area of research interests.

Thesis

Six credit hours of thesis work must be completed and approved by a research advisor and Department Chairperson. Note that students in the thesis option degree are expected to carry out original, publishable research in collaboration with their advisor. The thesis reports the results of this research.

 MSECE with Thesis: Forms & Resources

Master's Degree Requirement Check Sheet

Please utilize this information when planning your program.

Exit Procedure Form for Graduate Students & Visiting Scholars

Should be completed by each graduate student, post doc, and visiting scholar before leaving UD.
Steps to complete the Master's Thesis Degree
Complete the Application for Advanced Degree. The deadline for this application is:

September 15 for December degree conferral

December 15 for winter degree conferral

February 15 for May degree conferral

May 15 for August degree conferral

Please complete the form, have your advisor sign it, and bring the form to Gwen Looby, she will get the other required signatures and email you when this has been done. Bring the completed form to the Office of Graduate & Professional Education with your check.

Please follow the Office of Graduate & Professional Education Step by Step Guide to Graduation.

  • Be sure to make an appointment with Eileen Burget in the Office of Graduate and Professional Education on or before the deadline to submit the required documents for your master’s thesis. Check the website above to see what you need to bring to the meeting. Deadline dates are provided on the OGS web page above.

Please complete steps 2-5 about one week prior to your meeting with OGS.

In addition to the OGS requirements, our department requires that you provide the following materials:

  • One copy on plain white paper (to be read by those providing signatures – this can be printed double-sided).
  • Four copies (or more – 1 for our dept.; 3 for the Office of Graduate & Professional Education) of the signature pages printed on bond paper. These must be signed by your advisor. Also, please be sure to include Dr. Barner’s middle initial, E. (Kenneth E. Barner, Ph.D.)

After obtaining the signature of your advisor:

  • Bring the above to Gwen Looby to check the format and get Dr. Barner to sign your thesis. Gwen will take your thesis to the Dean’s office for his signature. She will email you when this is complete.
  • When you pick up your completed signature pages, pick up a Request for a Copy of Signature Pages Form from Gwen Looby (blue paper – bring this form to your meeting in OGS with Eileen Burget).

After your thesis has been approved by the Graduate Office, please submit the following to Gwen Looby:

  • One copy on bond/watermark paper (to be bound for our Dept’s. library – this must be printed single-sided).
  • Email a PDF copy of your thesis to her at glooby@udel.edu

If you are finishing your degree and will be leaving the University of Delaware, please be sure to do the following:

  • If you have a department credit card please return it to Karen DiStefano, room 136 Evans Hall.
  • Return all keys for the refund of your deposit to Wendy Scott, room 201 Evans Hall.
  • Email your new address to me so we can forward important mail to you.
  • Please complete Exit Procedures Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Looby in Room 140, Evans Hall, email to glooby@udel.edu or at telephone ext. 2406.

MSECE non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis master’s degree requires 30 credits (or ten 3-credit courses) of graduate coursework. This coursework must include:

  • 6 credits of electrical and computer engineering Foundation courses.
  • 24 credits of advanced technical courses (level 600 or above) including at least six (6) credits of these must be 800 level electrical and computer engineering courses and at most twelve (12) credits can bear non-ELEG/CPEG numbers.

Courses should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor and be related to the student’s area of interests.

 MSECE with Thesis: Forms & Resources

Master's Non-Thesis Degree Requirement Check Sheet

Please utilize this information when planning your program.

Exit Procedure Form for Graduate Students & Visiting Scholars

Should be completed by each graduate student, post doc, and visiting scholar before leaving UD.
Steps to complete the Master's Degree (Non-Thesis)
Complete the Application for Advanced Degree. The deadline for this application is:

September 15 for December degree conferral

December 15 for winter degree conferral

February 15 for May degree conferral

May 15 for August degree conferral

 

Have your advisor sign it, and bring the form to Gwen Looby, she will get the other required signatures and email you when this has been done. Then bring the completed form to the Office of Graduate & Professional Education with your check.

If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Looby in Room 140, Evans Hall, email to glooby@udel.edu or at telephone ext. 2406.

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