MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM OPTIONS AND CREDIT-HOUR REQUIREMENTS:

                The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program consists of three options: (a) Thesis Option (b) Project Option and (c) Course Only Option.  The Thesis Option requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, at least 1 hour of ELEN792, and 6 credit hours of master’s thesis ELEN797 (Master’s thesis). The Project Option requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, at least 1 hour of 792, and 3 hours of ELEN796. The Course Only Option requires 33 hours of coursework and at least 1 hour of ELEN792.  At least 12 credit hours for the thesis option and 15 credit hours for the project and course only options must be at or above the 700 level.  A maximum of 6 hours of coursework may be taken outside the department, subject to approval by the student Advisory Committee. 

SELECTION OF ADVISOR:

                At the beginning of the first semester, the student meets with the Graduate Coordinator to obtain information about the Graduate Program. The Graduate Coordinator assists the student with registration and course selection until the student selects a permanent advisor by mutual consent. The student must select his/her permanent advisor by the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester.

THE PLAN OF GRADUATE STUDY FOR THE MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM:

                By the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester., the student and his/her advisor must establish the Plan of Graduate Study for the student’s chosen master’s program and submit the original document including signatures of all members of the Advisory Committee to the Graduate Coordinator. Copies of the Plan of Graduate Study must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and all committee members. Also, a copy of the Plan of Graduate Study must be filed in the department. The Plan of Graduate Study must show the committee chairperson, other committee members, and a chronological list of courses approved by the student’s advisor. A committee member’s signature on the Plan of Graduate Study denotes his/her approval of the plan for the student’s Master’s program. After approval by the Graduate Coordinator, the Plan of Graduate Study becomes the student’s official guideline for the completion of his/her Master’s degree program.

CHANGE OF ADVISOR AND STUDY PLAN:

A student may change his/her advisor at any time through a mutual consent. When a student changes his/her advisor, the student must submit a revised Plan of Graduate Study including signatures by the new advisor and all committee members, along with the consent of the previous advisor. After the submission of a Plan of Graduate Study, a student must resubmit a revised Plan of Graduate Study to the Graduate Coordinator indicating  that the plan has been “REVISED” and including  the signatures of his/her advisor and all committee members.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

                The advisor and the student form the Advisory Committee for the student’s thesis/project by the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester.  The advisory committee will have a minimum of three members for the thesis option and two members for the project option including the student’s advisor. The advisor serves as a chairperson of the advisory committee. For the course only option, only the student’s advisor guides and advises the student’s graduate program. The advisor must be a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Only one member of the committee may be selected from outside of the department. A co-advisor may be selected from outside of the department for the student Advisory Committee. This co-advisor is responsible for the student’s research work and financial support in a spirit of cooperation with the main advisor in the department. A co-advisor from outside of department must apply in writing and be approved by the Graduate Curriculum Development (GCD) Committee in the department. The main advisor is responsible for advising the overall plan of the student’s degree program.

TIMING FOR TRANSFERRING TO DIRECT-PhD PROGRAM WITHOUT A MS DEGREE:

                A MS student with GPA 3.8 or better after 18 graded course credit hours taken may request to change his/her graduate program from MS to Direct-PhD on recommendation of two faculty members in the department. Such a student who enters the Ph.D. program must take the Qualifying Examination in one and a half year after entering Ph.D. program. A prior research experience is required for the research area in pursuit.

RESEARCH TITLE AND SCOPE APPROVAL FOR THESIS/PROJECT:

                A research title and scope must be approved by the student’s advisory committee for the MS thesis and project options. The thesis/project proposal and the approval must be done at least one semester before the date of the oral defense examination. Therefore, the student’s advisor must call a proposal meeting where the student presents his/her research proposal with the title and scope. The approval form in Appendix must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator with all committee members’ signature.

THESIS/PROJECT ORAL EXAMINATION:

                The student must present his/her thesis/project work to the Advisory Committee for the thesis or project Oral Examination. In order to schedule the thesis/project Oral Examination, the student must submit an Application for Oral Examination including signatures of all members of the Advisory Committee to the Graduate Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the date of the Oral Examination. This notification must include the date, time and place of the Oral Examination. The student requesting his/her Oral Examination must distribute a copy of the thesis/project to all members of his/her committee two weeks prior to the date of the Oral Examination. The copy of the application form for the Oral Examination, as approved by the Graduate Coordinator, must be sent to the members of the committee to confirm the approval, date and place. If any committee member cannot attend the scheduled Oral Examination, it must be rescheduled. The location of a thesis/project Oral Examination must be on-campus so that the presentation is accessible to faculty, staff and students.

SUBMISSION OF THESIS/PROJECT:

                Upon passing the thesis/project Oral Examination, the student must have the thesis approved by the advisor and the Chairperson of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The thesis must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline given in the academic calendar, and must conform to the Guide for Preparation of a Thesis. A copy of this document may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies. The student’s project report for the project option must be submitted to the departmental office.

SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES FOR THE MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAM:

  1. Apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

        (a)   The application and all supporting documentation are sent to the School of Graduate Studies.

        (b)   The application material includes the following items:

- The signed application form, application processing fee, letters of recommendation, N.C. residency form (if applicable), acknowledgement card, letter of intent, official transcripts, and other supporting documents

  1. Student receives admission decision from the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Student submits the enrollment intention card to the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. Student meets with the Graduate Coordinator to obtain information about graduate programs.
  4. Student prepares course schedule and registers for classes under the supervision of the Graduate Coordinator.
  5. Graduate Coordinator may assign a temporary advisor until a permanent advisor is found.
  6. Student selects a permanent advisor by the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester.
  7. Student completes the Plan of Study for the Master’s program in consultation with his/her advisor by the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester including the following:

-          Selection of the Program Option (Thesis, Project, and Course Only)

-          Selection of the advisory committee members according to the program option

-          Course list according to the coursework requirement

-          Signatures of all members of the advisory committee

  1. Student must submit the original Plan of Study to the Graduate Coordinator with all signatures of the committee members and the Plan of Study will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and all committee members. Also, the copy of the Plan of Study must be file in the department.
  2. This Plan of Study becomes the student’s official guideline for the student’s master’s degree program.
  3. If a student decides to change his/her Plan of Study, the student must restart from Step 7 above.

-          The revised Plan of Study must include the word “REVISED”.

  1. Student completes all the coursework.
  2. For the Thesis/Project options, the student must present the research scope to the committee members in the proposal meeting which is called by the student’s advisor. The committee members must approve these items at least one semester before the Final Oral Examination. The Thesis/Project Title and Research Scope Approval must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator with all signatures by the committee members.
  3. For the Thesis/Project options, the student schedules the Thesis/Project presentation and defense in consultation with his/her advisor, and submits the Application for Oral Examination to the Graduate Coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies with all signatures from the advisory committee. Upon approval of the request, the student submits the written report for the Project Option or the draft of the thesis for the Thesis Option to all committee members for review at least two weeks prior to the suggested date.  The student completes the Thesis/Project presentation and defense.
  4. The examination result must be sent to the Graduate Coordinator with signatures of all committee members, and it will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies within 48 hours.
  5. Student submits Application for Graduation to the Graduate Coordinator, and then the Graduate Coordinator submits Final Graduate Clearance Checklist to the School of Graduate Studies.
  6. All of the required documentation is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department Office.
  7. The student graduates.