Electrical Engineering (MSE)

Electrical Engineering (MSE)

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The Master of Science in Engineering: Electrical Engineering degree has a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Coursework is offered in areas including computer engineering, systems and controls, communications, digital systems, and electronics. Research opportunities are offered in computer architecture and performance evaluation, multimedia processors. VLSI design and implementation, microwave and antenna engineering, control systems and robotics, networks, and signal and image processing.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or similarly named program with content equivalent to an ABET – accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Letter of Intent detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Resume.
    • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Paul Choi

    Phone: (956) 665-7822

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EENGR 3251

    E-Mail: paul.choi@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

  • Tuition Estimate

    Electrical Engineering (MSE) Thesis Option
    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $13,592.90
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $26,252.90
    Electrical Engineering (MSE) Non Thesis
    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $16,311.48
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $31,503.48


    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

    Thesis Option
     
    Elective Courses in Electrical Engineering 18
    18 credit hours of graduate level standard courses in electrical engineering, with approval of graduate advisor. (Standard courses do not include independent study, thesis, internships, transfer courses, or courses in other disciplines)
     
    Elective Courses in a Science or Engineering Discipline 6
    6 credit hours of graduate level courses in a science or engineering discipline, with approval of graduate advisor. (May include standard electrical engineering courses as well as independent study, internships, transfer courses, or courses in other disciplines. Does not include thesis.)
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Thesis 6
    ELEE 7300: Thesis I 3
    ELEE 7301: Thesis II 3
    Once taken, must be repeated each semester until thesis is successfully defended.
    Oral Comprehensive Exam
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 30
     
    Non-Thesis Option
     
    Elective Courses in Electrical Engineering 30
    30 credit hours of graduate level standard courses in electrical engineering, with approval of graduate advisor. (Standard courses do not include independent study, thesis, internships, transfer courses, or courses in other disciplines)
     
    Elective Courses in a Science or Engineering Discipline 6
    6 credit hours of graduate level courses in a science or engineering discipline, with approval of graduate advisor. (May include standard electrical engineering courses as well as independent study, internships, transfer courses, or courses in other disciplines. Does not include thesis.)
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Written Comprehensive Exam in three subject areas selected by candidate
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
     

    Course Descriptions

    ELEE 6310: Radio Communication Circuits and Systems               [3‐0]

    Principles, analysis, and design of radio frequency and microwave circuits and systems. Subjects include s‐parameters, noise generation and noise figure, harmonic and intermodulation distortion, and high frequency active devices; with applications to amplifiers, oscillators and frequency synthesis.

    ELEE 6315: Applied Electromagnetics              [3‐0]

    Applications of electromagnetic fields and waves, with subjects varying from semester to semester. Topics could include: electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetics in satellite and wireless communications, and electromagnetic measurements. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

    ELEE 6320: Semiconductor Devices              [3‐0]

    Theory and application of advanced semiconductor devices including heterostructures, integrated circuits, semiconductor memories, charge transfer devices and microwave devices.

    ELEE 6330: Linear Dynamic Systems              [3‐0]

    Introduction to linear dynamic systems; state‐ space analysis; stability theory; applications to feedback control; elements of optimal control.

    ELEE 6331: Nonlinear Systems              [3‐0]

    Introduction to analysis of nonlinear systems. Lyapunov stability analysis. Advanced stability analysis. Input‐Output stability. Analysis of feedback systems. Analysis of singular perturbation models. Nonlinear feedback control. Feedback linearization. Lyapunov‐based design.

    ELEE 6332: Optimization              [3‐0]

    Introduction to linear and nonlinear optimization. Simplex and non‐simplex methods. Nonlinear constrained optimization methods. Genetic algorithms. Engineering Optimization applications. Numerical methods for optimization of engineering systems.

    ELEE 6335: Advanced Computer Architecture              [3‐0]

    Covers trends and measuring and reporting of improvements in computer technology; instruction set principles, hardware techniques for instruction level parallelism (ILP) as applied to reduced instruction set architecture (RISC) such as dynamic scheduling and thread‐level parallelism; loop unrolling and enhancing loop level parallelism; memory hierarchy mapping and miss rate reduction techniques and performance calculations; and interconnection networks and clusters related issues. This course is equivalent to CSCI 6335.

    ELEE 6345: Digital Signal Processing I              [3‐0]

    Properties of discrete signals and systems. Reconstruction of continuous waveforms from discrete signals. FFT, DFT, and Z transforms. Digital filter design for noisy deterministic and stochastic signals.

    ELEE 6347: Image Processing              [3‐0]

    This course covers topics in image processing. The course covers vision strategies, perception, color image processing, image segmentation, morphology and texture analysis.

    ELEE 6350: Microprocessor System Design and Applications              [3‐0]

    Microprocessor design fundamentals, design methods, interfacing, bus architectures, peripherals, embedded applications, development systems, software.

    ELEE 6360: High Speed Networks              [3‐0]

    Introduction to networking concepts, latest networking architecture and protocols for high‐ speed communications. Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), IP/ATM, SONET.

    ELEE 6361: Broadband Communications              [3‐0]

    Introduction to broadband networking concepts, latest broadband networking technologies and protocols. Broadband backbone and access networks, DSL networks, Fiber‐to‐the‐Curb (FTTC) networks, broadband switching architecture and protocols. Traffic management, congestion control, buffering issues, quality of service for broadband networks.

    ELEE 6362: Internet Protocols              [3‐0]

    This course introduces students to the architecture and the protocols of the Internet. This course focuses on the protocols used by the Internet and investigates how the Internet works and where it will possibly go. Some of the important topics include application protocols, transport protocols, routing protocols, management protocols, quality of service, domain name services and mail services. Basic knowledge of computer networks is required for students taking this course.

    ELEE 6372: Parallel and Distributed Systems              [3‐0]

    Study of parallel and distributed computing, including models algorithms, languages, compilers, interconnection networks and architectures. Distributed data, formal models of concurrency, protection and security in computer networks.

    Prerequisites: ELEE 6335 or equivalent.

    ELEE 6374: Advanced Digital System Design              [3‐0]

    Modern logic design methodologies of large digital systems with standard SSI, MSI and LSI, including CPLD’s and microprocessors. Multilevel digital simulation and hardware language description; principles and techniques of testability design and testing of digital logic circuits.

    ELEE 6375: VLSI System Design              [3‐0]

    Fundamentals of VLSI design, VLSI design strategies. Chip design options, design methods, design capture tools and design verification tools. Topics include area‐optimization, floor‐ plan and functional block placement, routing and functional testing for large systems, subsystem design and system design examples.

    ELEE 6385: Independent Study              [3‐0]

    Individual research, design, or analysis in advanced topics in electrical and computer engineering, conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

    ELEE 6399: Topics in Electrical Engineering              [3‐0]

    Advanced topics of contemporary interest in electrical or computer engineering. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

    ELEE 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    First part of two course sequence.

    ELEE 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    Second part of two course sequence.

    Prerequisite: ELEE 7300

  • Testimonials

    ganesh-reddy-gunnam

    "I am very happy that I chose the Masters in Electrical Engineering (EE) program at UTRGV. In the EE department, all the professors were very friendly and helpful. I got wonderful financial support as an international student throughout the entire program in the form of scholarships and assistantships. My research at UTRGV inspired me to go further in my studies. I totally enjoyed my stay at UTRGV during my degree."

    - Ganesh Reddy Gunnam, '17, PhD. Student-UTSA

    gerika-prado-geraldina

    "During my time in the Electrical Engineering Master's Program, I felt more connected with my professors. They were so helpful in my development as an individual and as a scholar especially when approaching problems, they were always there to help. As with any master’s program, the journey is not easy but it is definitely rewarding in that you will feel accomplished in your field of study and pride in your school."

    - Gerika Prado Geraldina, '17, Texas Instruments

    jorge-castillo

    "The best part of being in the Electrical Engineering Master’s Program is the fact that the professors get to know their students on a deeper level. They are always looking for ways to help their students succeed academically and in the research area of your choice. Being part of the program has been one of the most rewarding experiences since you get to learn how to be an independent researcher in your field."

    - Jorge Castillo, '17, Phd. Student-UTSA

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