The ECE Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is a professional master’s degree intended for students interested in extending the depth and/or breadth of their technical knowledge in Electrical and Computer Engineering or in a subfield thereof. The MEng is a coursework-only degree that requires 32 hours of coursework, including at least four hours of professional development coursework. The MEng is most appropriate for students who intend to enter the professional workforce after completing the degree. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in research or in academia should consider the research-oriented Master of Science (MS) program instead.
Students applying to the MEng degree program are expected to have a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or in a related field. Students in the MEng program are not eligible to hold research or teaching assistantships, and are expected to be self-supported.
CREDIT REQUIREMENTS Thirty-two hours of credit, which must include at least 4 hours of Professional Development coursework and 18 credit hours of ECE coursework, are required. The ECE coursework must include at least 12 hours of 500-level ECE coursework and 15 hours from no more than two different focus areas. Up to 4 hours of credit in one of the following CS courses may be counted as 500-level ECE coursework for the purpose of fulfilling the 500-level ECE coursework requirement: CS 511, CS 512, CS 522, CS 523, CS 524, CS 525, CS 526, CS 546, and CS 576.
In addition to 4 hours of Professional Development and 18 hours of ECE coursework, there are 32-18-4=10 remaining hours to complete the MEng program. These remaining hours may include virtually any 400-level or 500-level courses from any department, subject to the following restrictions. Credit in ECE 590, ECE 597, ECE 599, or any other reading or independent study courses or group seminars in other departments may not be used. At most, four hours of ECE 596 credit are allowed. Credit from courses listed in the Credit Restrictions section cannot be used. Questions concerning allowable courses should be directed to the ECE Graduate Adviser.
Credit Hours: Total Credit for the Degree: 32 Course Work: 32 ECE 500 – registration (0 hours) every term while in residence: 0 500-level ECE courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below): 12 Professional Development: 4
ECE 596, Master’s Project, supervised by ECE (or affiliate) graduate faculty Course(s) in leadership, entrepreneurship, or other business-related topic from approved list or as approved by the ECE Director of Graduate Studies
Elective courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below) 16
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):* A minimum of 12 credit hours of ECE course work at 500-level must be applied toward the degree. Up to 4 hours of ECE 596 and/or ECE 597 (or other individual study) may be applied toward this degree requirement. Course work must include at least 18 credit hours of ECE course work; 15 of these hours must be from no more than 2 different focus areas. The ECE Graduate Committee maintains the focus area course lists. Credit in ECE 415, 445, 590, PHYS 404, 405, 435, 436 and STAT 400 do not count toward the degree. No course used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the "Credit/No Credit" option. This degree option is non-thesis only. Maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.0.
CREDIT RESTRICTIONS Credit in ECE 415, 445, 590, PHYS 404, 405, 435, 436, and STAT 400 do not count toward the degree.
No course used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the "Credit/No Credit" option.
TIME LIMITATIONS The Graduate College requires candidates for the MEng degree to complete all requirements for the degree within five calendar years after first registration in the Graduate College. However, the Department expects that most full-time candidates for the MEng degree will be able to complete all of the requirements in two to three semesters.
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Recipient: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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