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M.S. in Electrical Engineering Program Requirements

 

M.S. Program Requirements

ucla-fig5The curriculum incorporates uniform requirements for the M.S. program that apply to all students in the department regardless of their area of study. The curriculum allows flexibility in the selection of courses by students and their faculty advisers, in an effort to promote and encourage multi-disciplinary education and research.

M.S. students may select either the thesis plan or the non-thesis (or comprehensive examination) plan. The selection of courses is tailored to the student's professional objectives and must meet the requirements stated below. The courses should be selected and approved in consultation with the student's faculty adviser. Departures from the stated requirements are considered only in exceptional cases and must be approved by the Department's Vice-Chair of Graduate Advisor. The minimal requirements for the M.S. Program are as follows:

Course Requirements

The selection of courses for the master's degree program is tailored to the student's professional objectives and  must meet the requirements outlined below. The courses should be selected and approved in consultation with the student's faculty adviser. Changes from the stated requirements are considered only in exceptional cases and must be approved by the Vice-Chair of Graduate Affairs.

The minimum standards and course requirements for the master's degree program are:

Prerequisite. B.S. degree in engineering or a related field.

Time-to degree. All master's degree course requirements must be completed within two academic years from admission into the program.

Academic standards. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 each quarter and a grade of B or better in all graduate courses.

Comprehensive Examination Plan:

Six formal graduate courses to fulfill the student's major field of study
Two formal courses to fulfill the student's minor field of study
Five of the formal graduate courses must be in Electrical Engineering
One graduate seminar series course (Electrical Engineering 297)
One individual study course (Electrical Engineering 299) to cover the comprehensive examination or one additional formal graduate course
Electrical Engineering 296, 375, and 500-series courses may not be applied to course requirements.

Thesis Plan:

Five formal graduate courses to fulfill the student's major field of study
Two formal graduate courses to fulfill the student's minor field of study
Four of the formal graduate courses must be in Electrical Engineering
One graduate seminar series course (Electrical Engineering 297)
Two (8 units) Electrical Engineering 598 courses to cover thesis work

Both plans:

Student must select a number of formal graduate courses to serve as their major and minor fields of study according to requirements for the master's comprehensive plan (eight courses) and thesis plan (seven courses). The selection of the major and minor course sequences must be from different established tracks, or according to ad hoc tracks, or combinations of the two. The selected courses must be approved by the student's faculty adviser.

A formal graduate course is defined as any 200-level course, excluding seminar or tutorial courses.

A maximum of one upper division courses may replace one of the formal graduate courses covering the student's major and minor fields of study provided that (1) the undergraduate course is not required of undergraduate students in the department, and (2) the undergraduate course is approved by the student's faculty adviser.

 

Time-to-Degree

The average length of time for students in the M.S. program is five quarters. The maximum time allowed for completing of the degree is two academic years from the time of admission into the M.S. program.

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