Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Accelerated Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program

Accelerated degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the accelerated degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The accelerated degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and may lead to additional career opportunities and success. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. 

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers a five-year accelerated program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Science degree.  The combined five-year program provides students with the opportunity to obtain these degrees in less time than would be required when pursuing them independently. The five-year program offers a simplified process for admission to the graduate school.

Students typically apply to the accelerated Master’s degree program at the end of their third year.  Students follow the standard undergraduate curriculum for the first three years, and then complete the baccalaureate degree requirements during their fourth year while taking up to two graduate courses. Up to six graduate course credits taken during the fourth year may be applied towards both the undergraduate and master’s degree requirements.  After receiving the baccalaureate degree, students will take an additional eight courses (for a total of ten courses) to complete the MS degree requirements in the fifth year. This accelerated degree may be completed in five years without interruption.   

Students accepted in this program are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and receive approval of the faculty advisor.  Students will be awarded the BS in Electrical Engineering when all requirements are met, usually at the end of the fourth year. The MS degree will be awarded when all graduate requirements of the combined degree curricula have been satisfied, usually at the end of the fifth year.

Accelerated Degree Curriculum

Students must develop a plan of study for the MS portion of the degree with approval of their academic advisor, including the following:

Thesis Option

All Requirements for BS in Electrical Engineering 1128
ECEG 5415Engineering Applications of Numerical Methods3
ECEG 6971Thesis I3
ECEG 6972Thesis II3
Select two elective courses from ECE6
Select three electives courses from approved Engineering, Math, or Business graduate courses9
Total Credits152

Non-Thesis Option 

All Requirements for BS in Electrical Engineering 1128
ECEG 5415Engineering Applications of Numerical Methods3
Select four elective courses from ECE12
Select three elective courses from approved Engineering, Math, or Business graduate courses9
Total Credits152

Note: A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the graduate level.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Electives

Possible electives may include any courses from the ECE Elective Domains:

Power and Energy
ECEG 5361Green Power Generation3
ECEG 5377Power Security and Reliability3
ECEG 5385Power Generation and Distribution3
ECEG 5386 Fault Analysis in Power Systems3
ECEG 5505Advanced Power Electronics3
Communications Systems
ECEG 5379Communication Systems3
ECEG 5480Wireless Systems I3
Electronic Systems
ECEG 5315Nanoelectronics I3
ECEG 5323Thermal Management of Microdevices3
ECEG 5335Microelectronics3
ECEG 5355Sensor Design and Application3
ECEG 5378Electromagnetic Compatibility3
ECEG 5405Electronic Materials3
ECEG 5510LProduct Design Lab1
ECEG 5520LSystem Design Lab1
Computer Engineering
ECEG 5303Industrial Automation3
ECEG 5325Computer Graphics3
ECEG 5346Computer Systems Architecture3
ECEG 5406Advanced Digital Design3
ECEG 5460Network Programming3
ECEG 5470Network Embedded Systems3
Biomedical Engineering
ECEG 5309Biosensors3
ECEG 5311Biomaterials3
ECEG 5314Introduction to Molecular Modeling3
ECEG 5331Biomedical Signal Processing3
ECEG 5332Biomedical Imaging3
ECEG 5333Biomedical Visualization3
ECEG 5375Bioelectronics3
ECEG 5387Instrumental Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
ECEG 5407Computational Genomics3