Electrical Engineering Department
MS - Electrical Engineering
The graduate program in Electrical Engineering is one of the the largest graduate programs in the University with more than 600 graduate students and over 20 full time faculty members. The curriculum is continually updated to keep abreast of advances in the engineering profession and industry. Along with the traditional emphasis on fundamental scientific knowledge, the current engineering practice using computer design tools is integrated into the curriculum. Information about MSEE program can be found at http://ee.sjsu.edu/
General information about university admission requirements and process can be found at admission requirements and is outlined as below:
Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing
To be admitted to classified standing, a student must possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in electrical engineering and a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 units, from a U.S. University with an ABET accredited electrical engineering program.
Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing
Some applicants who do not qualify for Classified standing may be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Students. They must petition for admission to the Classified Status after completing the common core graduate courses. A maximum of 15 units earned before the student attains the Classified Status may be counted towards the MSEE degree requirements.
Student with a BSEE Degree from an Accredited University in the USA:
An applicant with a BS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an accredited university within the United States, whose GPA in the last 60 units is 3.0 or above, will be admitted as Classified Standing (GRE is not required). An applicant with GPA in the last 60 units is less than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 is required to submit his/her general GRE scores with the application. If accepted, student will be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Student. Such a student may petition for admission to classified standing after successfully completing two (2) of the following three (3) courses: EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250 with "B" or better grade in each course. Information about GRE score requirements can be found at Graduate Program Test Requirement
Student with a BS Degree in Other Branch of Engineering from an Accredited University in the USA:
An applicant who possesses a baccalaureate degree in another branch of Engineering or in Physics, Mathematics with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units, is required to submit his/her general GRE score with the application. If accepted, the student will be admitted as a Conditionally Classified Graduate Student. Such a student may be required to complete four undergraduate courses. The four undergraduate courses are specified in the admission letter and are selected from EE 110 (Network Analysis), EE 112 (Linear Systems), EE 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design), EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design), EE 122 (Electronic Design I), EE 124 (Electronic Design II) and EE 140 (Principles of Electromagnetic Fields). Following the undergraduate courses, student must successfully complete two (2) of the three (3) graduate core courses, EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250 with "B" or better grade in each course. He/ she may not enroll in more than two other graduate courses before completing these requirements. Units for the undergraduate courses are not counted for the MSEE degree unit requirements. Information about GRE score requirements can be found at Graduate Program Test Requirement.
Student with Undergraduate Degrees from Foreign Universities
A student with a baccalaureate degree in Electrical or Electronics or Telecommunications or Computer Engineering with a minimum computed GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 on a 0 to 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester units is eligible to apply. Applicants are required to have English proficiency test (TOEFL or equivalent) and general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Information about minimum score requirements for English proficiency test and GRE can be found at Graduate Program Test Requirement. In general, there are no hard cut-offs on the GRE scores but the scores will be used with applicants' degree and GPA to rank the candidates for admission.
Applicants satisfying these requirements may be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Students with the condition that they must complete two (2) of the three (3) core graduate courses EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250 with "B" or better grade in each before enrolling in any other graduate course. However, a student with a high GPA and GRE may be admitted as Classified Standing.
Students from Other Graduate Programs within the University
A graduate student who has been admitted to another department in San José State University has to complete at least one semester of work in that department before asking for transfer to the Electrical Engineering Department. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units and general GRE score are required. There are no hard cut-offs on the GRE scores but the scores will be used with applicants' degree and GPA to rank the candidates for admission.
A "Change of Major Form" has to be first approved by GAPE office and the file transferred to the Electrical Engineering Department before the student may be considered for transferring into the Electrical Engineering program.%09
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy
Matriculated graduate students must submit a Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy a minimum of one semester prior to graduating. Information about this requirement can be found at advancement to candidacy.
Students also must fulfill Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) before advancement to candidacy. Information about GWAR requirements can be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The list of graduate courses that meet GWAR requirements is at GWAR Course List.
Requirements for Graduation
University Graduation Requirements
Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.
To meet the requirements for the MS - Electrical Engineering, a student must complete 30 units (and satisfaction of GWAR requirement) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The program provides three options (two plans): MS thesis (Plan A), MS Project (Plan B), or courses only followed by a comprehensive exam (Plan B).
|Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement|
|At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.|
|Requirements of the Masters||30|
|Complete two courses from:|
|EE 210. Linear System Theory||3|
|EE 221. Semiconductor Devices I||3|
|EE 250. Probabilities, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes||3|
|Area of Specialization||9|
|Plan A- Thesis||15|
|EE 299A. MSEE Thesis Proposal||3|
|EE 299B. MSEE Thesis||3|
|Plan B- Project||15|
|EE 297A. MSEE Project Proposal||3|
|EE 297B. MSEE Project||3|
|Plan B- Courses Only||15|
A coherent plan of study must be approved on the prescribed form by the area advisor and the graduate advisor. Engineering or science courses outside of the area of specialization may be approved if they form coherent plan of study.
In special circumstances, a maximum of six units of approved courses taken outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be applied toward the MS - Electrical Engineering degree. Students that want to take courses outside of the Electrical Engineering Department must have pre-approval by the Graduate Advisor.
Students opting for the courses-only option must also pass the required Comprehensive Exam (given once a semester) to earn the MSEE degree.
In addition to the above requirements, students must satisfy all university requirements and procedures as stated in this catalog.
Areas of Specialization
- Logic/Digital/Embedded System Design
- ASIC/VLSI Circuits
- Analog/Mixed-Signal IC
- Communications/Signal Processing/Machine Learning
- Power Electronics and Control
Students desiring to pursue an area of specialization not listed above should consult his/her area advisor. A coherent plan of study must be approved on the prescribed form by the area advisor and the graduate coordinator. Engineering or science courses outside of the area of specialization may be approved if they form coherent plan of study. In special circumstances, a maximum of three units of approved courses taken outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be applied toward the MS - Electrical Engineering degree. Students that want to take courses outside of the Electrical Engineering Department must have pre-approval by the Graduate Coordinator.