Jun 13, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E.

Applications are considered on an individual basis. Candidates can be admitted on a regular or provisional status. Qualified applicants who are not admitted on either status can take graduate courses as a non degree student but not completing all of the M.S.E.E. degree requirements. Only 15 credits taken as a UNLV non degree student will count for an M.S.E.E. degree.

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. program, an applicant must:

  1. Have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or a closely related discipline. (Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, may be admitted on provisional status. These students will be required to complete certain undergraduate courses before they can attain regular status. The graduate committee determines these courses on an individual basis. Graduates with  degrees in engineering technology ordinarily have an inadequate background to be admitted to the graduate program.)
  2. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (A=4.00) for their bachelor’s degree. (Applicants who have an overall GPA below 3.00 must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the department. These applicants may be admitted subject to the discretion of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Committee. Applicants who want to be considered for an assistantship, or who feel that their GRE scores will enhance their chances for admission, are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores.)
  3. Submit GRE scores if the applicant did not obtain his bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution. (An applicant possessing a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution is not required to submit GRE scores.)
  4. Submit a completed application form and official transcripts of all college-level work to the Graduate College. In addition, submit a one page written statement of purpose indicating the applicant’s research interests, motivations and objectives, three dated letters of recommendation concerning the applicant’s potential for succeeding in the graduate program and an additional set of transcripts of all college-level work directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  5. For international applicants to be considered for admission, the Graduate College requires that they take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a minimum score of 80 on the internet based examination. Students whose first language is not English may be required to take the English as a Second Language Placement Test upon arrival at UNLV. If necessary, they will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at UNLV. These courses will not count towards their graduate degree.

Degree Requirements

All M.S.E.E. candidates must maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B) and a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester. Students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 (B) and a GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate committee and the Graduate College will determine the terms of the student’s probation in accordance with the Graduate College and department policy. All regular status graduate students must file an approved program before the completion of their second semester. The student’s advisor, the graduate coordinator, and the Graduate College Dean must approve this program.

All regular and provisional status graduate students must show satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree by completing at least six credits of their approved program per calendar year. If progress towards their degree program is not satisfactory, students will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program.

Specific requirements

  1. Satisfy the M.S.E.E. degree program admission requirements and be admitted to the M.S.E.E. program on a regular status.
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate-level courses with an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) and a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B-) in each class applied towards the 30 credits. Grades below B- are not counted towards the M.S.E.E. degree and must be repeated or replaced. Continued enrollment of a student who earns more than one grade below B- is contingent upon the approval of the committee.
    Thesis Option: A total of 30 credits is required for the Thesis Option. Of the 30 required credits, a minimum of 18 credits must be in electrical engineering courses, a minimum of 15 credits must be excluding ECG 796 and
    ECG 797, and no more than three credits may be from:
    ECG 791 - Independent Study in Electrical Engineering  Graduate Independent Study. Students opting for the Thesis Option must complete at least six credits of:
    ECG 797 - Electrical Engineering Thesis  (Electrical Engineering Thesis). Although ECG 797 can be taken repeatedly, no more than six credits can be applied towards the M.S.E.E. degree.
    Course Only Option: A total of 33 credits is required for the Course Only Option. Of the 33 required credits, a minimum of 18 credits must be in electrical engineering courses, a minimum of 15 credits must be in 700-level electrical engineering courses and no more than three credits may be from ECG 791 (Graduate Independent Study). The Course Only Option is a terminal degree.
  3. Successfully complete a minimum of three credits in at least three of the following areas:
    1. Computer Engineering
    2. Communications
    3. Control Systems
    4. Electromagnetics and Optics
    5. Electronics
    6. Power Systems
    7. Signal Processing
    8. Solid State Electronics, Materials and Devices
  4. Thesis Option Only: Complete a thesis. Before beginning a thesis, students must have their thesis topic approved by their advisor, and the necessary paper work must be filed with the Graduate College. The student must complete a thesis containing original research and defend it before his/her advisory committee at the Thesis Exam. The student can receive no more than six credits of ECG 797 (Electrical Engineering Thesis) for the work associated with the thesis. Students who plan to continue their studies beyond the M.S.E.E. degree program are strongly encouraged to select this option.
    Thesis Exam: Prior to the student’s defense of the thesis before his/her advisory committee, the student must submit a complete copy of the thesis to each member of his/her advisory committee of the date, time and location of the oral defense of the thesis or project at least two weeks in advance.

Time Limits

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires that the M.S.E.E. degree be finished within a period of six years. Courses taken more than six years prior to graduation may not be applied toward the M.S.E.E. degree.

No Risk Ph.D. Pre-Qualifying Exams

A full graduate standing master’s degree candidate who is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree may be allowed to take the Ph.D. qualifying exam without penalty during his/her period as an M.S. student. The exam may be taken as many times as desired but no more than once a semester. Those areas that the student passes will count towards his/ her qualifying exam requirement upon entering the Ph.D. program. The candidate must complete an M.S. degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Once the student receives an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, the student must abide by the requirements outlined in the Ph.D. program. This option is not available to nondegree students.