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Electrical Engineering Department

MS - Electrical Engineering

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 an ABET accredited electrical engineering program.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

Conditionally Classified Graduate Students

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 BSEE degree from an accredited university within the United States, whose 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.

Student with a BS degree in a field related to Electrical Engineering from an Accredited University in the USA:

An applicant who possesses a baccalaureate degree in a field related to Electrical Engineering, such as Physics, Mathematics, or another branch of Engineering 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 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 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design), EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design), and EE 110 (Network Analysis), EE 112 (Linear Systems), 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.

Students with Undergraduate Degrees from Foreign Universities

  • A minimum score of 550 (or 213 if computer based, or 80 if Internet-based) in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
  • General GRE score. 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 baccalaureate degree in Electrical 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. The university from which the transcripts were submitted computes the GPA.

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.

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 the other department and the file transferred to the Electrical Engineering Department before the student may be considered for transferring into the Electrical Engineering program.

Credit for Courses Completed as an Undergraduate Student

A student in senior standing in Electrical Engineering may request award of Graduate Credit for courses taken as an undergraduate if all of the following apply:

  • fewer than 14 units are still needed to complete the BSEE degree at San José State University.
  • none of the courses to be taken for graduate credit is required for the BSEE degree.
  • the student has a GPA of at least 2.5 on all work completed in upper-division standing at San José State University.
  • the student does not enroll in more than 15 units for the term in which this work is taken.
  • the student has completed the graduation check (Registrar's Office).
  • the student agrees not to take letter-graded courses as CR/NC.
  • the student agrees that not more than 6 units of graduate credit earned by this process be applied towards the Master's degree program.
  • the student submits a "Request for Award of Graduate Credit for Units Completed as an Undergraduate" form and the Graduate Studies Office approves it at the beginning of the term in which the units concerned will be earned.

Requirements for the MSEE Degree

To meet the requirements for the MS - Electrical Engineering, a student must complete 30 units with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. At least 24 of these units must be 200-level courses. The program provides two options: one taking MS project or thesis, and the other taking courses only followed by a comprehensive exam.


Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses6
Complete two courses from:
EE 210. Linear System Theory3
EE 221. Semiconductor Devices I3
EE 250. Probabilities, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes3
Area of Specialization12
Culminating Experience12
Project Option12
EE 297A. MSEE Project Proposal3
EE 297B. MSEE Project3
Approved Electives6
Thesis Option12
EE 299A. MSEE Thesis Proposal3
EE 299B. MSEE Thesis3
Approved Electives6
Courses Only Option12
Approved Electives12
Comprehensive Exam0

Total Units:30

Competency in Written English

The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Competency in Written English" for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Areas of Specialization

  • Logic/Digital Systems Design
  • ASIC/VLSI Circuits
  • Analog/Mixed-Signal IC
  • Communications/Digital Signal Processing
  • Networking

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.

A maximum of six units of approved courses taken outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be applied toward the MS - Electrical Engineering degree.

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.

Practical Training for MSEE Students

Students are expected to gain professional experience to prepare for and to support their culminating experience, e.g., by including 0-6 units of internship (EE 298I) in their plan of study.