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MS in Electrical Engineering

Students pursuing the degree Master of Science in Electrical Engineering must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of study consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and subject to the following departmental requirements.

1. A minimum of 15 of these credit hours must be at the graduate level in electrical engineering subjects taught by the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE). The list of courses that may be used to satisfy the 15-credit graduate-level course requirement is:

  • ESE 513 Convex Optimization and Duality Theory
  • ESE 415 Optimization
  • ESE 516 Optimization in Function Space
  • ESE 520-529 Applied probability category
  • ESE 530-539 Applied physics and electronics category
  • ESE 540-549 Control category
  • ESE 550-559 Systems category
  • ESE 560-569 Computer engineering category
  • ESE 570-579 Communications category
  • ESE 580-589 Signal and image processing category
  • ESE 599 Master’s Research (thesis option only, max 6 units)

2. The remaining courses in the program may be selected from senior- or graduate-level courses in ESE or elsewhere in the University. Courses outside of ESE must be in technical subjects relevant to electrical engineering and require the department's approval. Only one CSE graduate course which does not carry CSE graduate credit may be used to satisfy the MSEE degree.

3. A maximum of one 500-level cross-listed ESE course, whose home department is outside of ESE, may be applied toward the 15-credit graduate-level requirement.

4. At least 15 units of the 30 total units applied toward the MSEE degree must be in ESE courses which, if cross-listed, have ESE as the home department.

5. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from another institution and applied toward the MSEE degree. Regardless of subject or level, all transfer courses are treated as electives and do not count toward the requirement of 15 credit hours of graduate-level electrical engineering courses.

6. 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.

7. ESE 590 Electrical & Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar must be taken each semester. This satisfactory/unsatisfactory course is required for the M.Sc., D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Systems Engineering. A passing grade is required for each semester of enrollment and is received by attendance at regularly scheduled ESE seminars. M.Sc. students must attend at least 3 seminars per semester. D.Sc. and Ph.D. students must attend at least 5 seminars per semester. Part-time students are exempt except during their year of residency. Any student under continuing status is also exempt. Seminars missed in a given semester may be made up during the subsequent semester.

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.

ELP English Placement Exams: These exams are taken by new international graduate students upon arrival. Students may be placed into E60 510A or E60 510B, courses customized to the needs of Engineering students and offered only in the spring, or they may be placed into one or more of the ELP’s University College courses. Supported students do not pay tuition for enrollment in Engineering courses, but may be responsible for the cost of enrollment in a University College course. The English classes, E60 510A and E60 510B are free and are offered in the Spring. The English classes offered by U-College during the Fall are not free and the student has to pay for them.

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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