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Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S.

Course Description


TTU's ECE Graduate Program is important in realizing the University’s Mission. It helps the University attract and retain quality faculty and students. It brings substantial value to the research infrastructure of the University, State, and Nation. The graduates and research results produced by this program raise the quality of life by stimulating economic development and adding high-paying jobs. Our graduate program goals are:
1. To provide industry, academia, and society with highly-qualified graduate Electrical and Computer engineers who possess state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of ECE, as well as the research, critical-thinking, and leadership skills necessary to be globally competitive.
2. To inspire students to pursue a high level of education and research experience, and to make a lifelong commitment to continuous learning and personal contribution in their chosen field of research, teaching, and/or industry.
3. To establish and foster a culture of curiosity, excitement, collaboration, and engagement in the global research community, with a commitment to quality and academic integrity, thereby gaining national and international recognition for TTU’s ECE program.
4. To train students in the techniques, methods, and disciplines of collaborative research, including problem identification, literature search, design of experiments, hands-on experimentation, data collection and analysis, simulation, both independent work and teamwork, authoring journal papers, and presenting conference papers.
5. To improve the written and oral communication skills of students to the level required for effective international research dissemination and quality academic teaching.
6. To instill in students strong principles of professionalism, integrity, and ethics.


The M.S. program has both thesis and nonthesis options. There is also a fast-track option for current TTU undergraduates which allows the MS program to be completed in one additional year after the undergraduate degree.


Program Objectives

1. Graduates of the MSECE program will have the technical competence to be successful in the chosen area of study in electrical and computer engineering professional practice or research.
2. Graduates of the MSECE program will have the skills to undertake technically sound analysis independently and present their work at professional meetings or publish their work in scholarly journals.
3. Graduates of the MSECE program will have the technical competence to successfully undertake further advanced study at the doctoral level in electrical and computer engineering or a related area, and pursue lifelong learning through professional education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students of the MSECE program at the time of graduation will be able to:
1. Demonstrate clear understanding of the chosen area of emphasis in electrical and computer engineering covered in course material in the graduate program.
2. Apply advanced methods in the development of solutions in the chosen area of emphasis in electrical and computer engineering.
3. Give professional presentation or write scholarly manuscripts worthy of publication in peer reviewed journals.


The Fast-Track BS-MS five-year program is designed to attract exceptional TTU ECE seniors to stay at Tech for one additional year to obtain the MSECE degree. During their senior year, Fast-Track students are permitted to take two 5000 or 6000 level ECE courses, which count both as their BS senior electives and as their first two MSECE courses. They are also able to begin working with an MS faculty research advisors during their senior year, thus getting an early start on their masters research project. Fast-Track students are required to apply for admission to the MSECE program during their senior year in the normal fashion. The summer between the senior and graduate years is devoted to research, and the student takes three classes in each semester of the graduate year. In order to be admitted and to remain in the Fast-Track program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. Fast-Track students receive normal undergraduate financial aid and tuition during their senior year and a normal graduate teaching or research assistantship and graduate tuition waiver during their graduate (fifth) year. Fast-Track students who do not succeed (B grade or better) in their first two graduate courses during their senior year will be advised to complete their BS degree, and withdraw from the Fast-Track program.


The thesis option MSECE is recommended for students who are planning a career in corporate or academic research, design, and development and who may pursue a Ph.D. in the future. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), eight graduate courses (24 credits), 6 credits of research, an approved thesis, and an oral thesis defense (comprehensive exam) are required for graduation.


The non-thesis option MSECE is recommended for students who desire an industry-oriented degree, and who may be attending school part-time while working. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), eleven graduate courses including a design project course (33 credits), and a written final comprehensive exam are required for graduation.

Research Areas

The electrical and computer engineering department is organized into several areas related to technical and research specialties. These include:
• Computer engineering
• Communications and signal processing
• Devices and electromagnetics
• Digital systems
• Power
• Robotics, automation and controls
• Mechatronics

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantship positions may be available. Both include paid tuition and fees, along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting faculty with grading, teaching labs and providing help sessions for students.
A limited number of research assistantships may be available, contingent upon funding. Research assistants are expected to conduct specific research as directed by the funding grant and supervising faculty members.

Visit the Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the ECE MS Program with Full Standing are: Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field from an accredited institution; GPA 3.25; GRE General Test: verbal reasoning 147, quantitive reasoning 157, analytical writing 3.0; TOEFL: IBT 79 for international applicants (or appropriate score for other tests). International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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