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Master of Control Engineering

The MCE degree (Master of Control Engineering) is a terminal professional degree designed for students interested in an industrial career.

1. The MCE degree requires 30 units, which may include optionally 6 units for thesis or independent study.

2. Required courses (15 units) for the MCE degree include:

  • ESE 441 Control Systems
  • ESE 543 Control Systems Design by State Space Methods
  • ESE 520 Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • and at least two of the following five courses:

  • ESE 415 Optimization
  • ESE 425 Random Processes and Kalman Filtering
  • ESE 551 Linear Dynamic Systems I
  • ESE 552 Linear Dynamic Systems II
  • ESE 553 Nonlinear Dynamic Systems
  • ESE 547 Robust and Adaptive Control

3. Elective Courses (15 units) The fifteen units of electives should be courses of technical nature at the senior and graduate levels approved by the Program Director.

4. It is allowed to transfer 6 units of courses from another school as electives provided that the courses were not needed for the student’s Bachelor’s degree.

5. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 out of a possible 4.0 over all courses applied toward the degree. (effective fall 2016)

6.ESE 590 Electrical & Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester. A passing grade is required for each semester of enrollment and is received by attendance at regularly scheduled ESE seminars. Students must attend at least 3 seminars per semester. Part-time students are exempt except during their year of residency. Seminars missed in a given semester may be made up during the subsequent semester.

7. The degree program must be consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Either a thesis option or a course option may be selected. The special requirements for these options are as follows:

Course Option

This option is intended for those employed in local industry who wish to pursue a graduate degree on a part-time basis, or for full-time students who do not seek careers in research. Under the course option, students may not take ESE 599, Master's Research, and with faculty permission may take up to 3 units of ESE 500, Independent Study.

Thesis Option

This option is intended for those pursuing full-time study and engaged in research projects. Candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course instruction and six (6) credit hours of thesis research (ESE 599). These six (6) credit hours of thesis research can be counted as part of the 15 graduate-level electrical engineering credit hours specified above. The student must write a master's thesis and defend it in an oral examination.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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