MASTERS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course and Credit-Hour Requirements

Total and ECE Graduate-Level Credit Hours

All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours selected by the student and approved by the advisory committee. At least 15 of the credit hours must be graduate-level ECE credit hours.

Undergraduate Credit Hours

A maximum of 6 credit hours of two advanced-level (300- or 400-level) undergraduate courses taken in the first calendar year of a student's program are allowed on the plan of study.

  • Students must request permission to include undergraduate courses on their Master's POS. They are required to provide a short written academic justification for the inclusion of the undergraduate courses.
  • Undergraduate courses on the POS must be specifically approved by the student's Advisory Committee and the ECE Graduate Coordinator.
  • Credit for undergraduate courses may not be transferred from another institution. The Graduate School requires that the course(s) be taken while the student is enrolled in the Graduate Program, and that the student must earn a grade of “B” or better in these courses to fulfill graduation requirements.
  • The computation of a student's GPA will include the grades earned in these undergraduate level courses.

Core Course Requirement

The area core courses cover introductory material essential to the respective ECE research area. Students must successfully complete a minimum of two core courses to ensure at least a limited breadth of knowledge within the program. Regional campus courses or transfer courses may not be used toward the core course requirement.

Math Requirement

A minimum of 6 approved math credit hours is required when electing the non-thesis option and three approved math credit hours when electing the thesis option. The approved mathematics, statistics, computer science, and physics courses meeting the math requirement are given in Appendix A of the Master's Program Handbook.

Research Credit Requirement

Research credit hours are not required for students on the MS-only track and pursuing the non-thesis option. However, a maximum of 3 credit hours of ECE 696 (Advanced Projects) and/or ECE 697 (Directed Reading) are allowed on their POS.

Students on the MS/PhD track pursuing the non-thesis option are required to register for at least one credit hour of research credit, either ECE 692 (Introduction to Graduate Research), ECE 696 (Advanced Projects) or ECE 697 (Directed Reading), during their first three sessions of enrollment, completing a total of at least 6 credit hours during their program. A maximum of 6 ECE 692, ECE 696 and/or ECE 697 credit hours is allowed on their POS, but only 3 of the credit hours can be counted toward the graduate-level ECE 15 credit-hour requirement.

Students pursuing the thesis option, whether on the MS-only or MS/PhD track, are required to register for ECE 698 research (thesis) credit. Up to 12 hours of ECE 698 are allowed on the POS. Students should check with their major professor to determine the number of ECE 698 hours appropriate for their program. ECE 698 hours qualify as ECE graduate-level credit hours and may be used to satisfy the ECE graduate-level 15 credit-hour requirement. ECE 696 and ECE 697 credit hours are not allowed on the POS of students pursuing the thesis option.

Summary of Course and Credit-Hour Requirements

Tables below summarize the preceding course and credit-hour requirements.

Summary of Course and Credit-Hour Requirements

MS Only
  Non-Thesis Thesis
Required Core Courses 2 2
Required Math Courses 2 1
Allowed 696/697 Credit Hours 3 hrs 0
Allowed Undergrad
Credit Hours
6 hrs 6 hrs
Total Required
Graduate-Level ECE Credit Hours
15 hours
Can include 3 hrs
696/697
15 hours
Includes 698
Required Cr. Hrs. on Plan of Study 30 hrs 30 hrs
Min of 18 hrs
non-thesis


 

MS/PhD Track
 
  PhD Prep Non-Thesis Thesis
Required Core Courses 2 2
Required Math Courses 2 1
Allowed 696/697 Credit Hours 6 hrs 0
Allowed Undergrad
Credit Hours
6 hrs 6 hrs
Total Required
Graduate-Level ECE Credit Hours
15 hours
Include 3 hrs
696/697
15 hours
Includes 698
Required Cr. Hrs. on Plan of Study 30 hrs
Includes 6 hrs
692/696/697
30 hrs
Min of 18 hrs
non-thesis

Other Requirements

English Requirement

All ECE graduate students must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in written English before graduating. Master's students will not be allowed to graduate until this requirement has been met. We strongly recommend that students fulfill the English requirement as early as possible (first semester) in their academic program. Methods that may be used to fulfill the English requirement are detailed in Appendix B of the Master's Program Handbook.

Graduate Seminar Requirement

All ECE graduate students must satisfactorily complete one semester of the ECE Seminar, ECE 694. This course carries no credit but a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory is assigned at the end of the semester. ECE 694 should not be listed on the plan of study. Also, it is strongly recommended that students take EE 694 during their first semester.

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement for a master's degree is 30 hours of academic credit. Academic credit includes all course credit hours that appear on the plan of study, other graduate course credit hours with grades of “C” or better that appear on the Purdue transcript, and research hours with grades of “S” that appear on the Purdue transcript. At least one-half of the total credit hours used to satisfy degree requirements must be earned in residence on the Purdue campus where the degree is to be granted. Course credits obtained via televised instruction are considered to have been obtained in residence on the campus from which the course was broadcast.