MASTERS PROGRAM FAQS

What are the differences between the thesis and non-thesis options?

The table below summaries similarities and differences in the thesis and non-thesis options.
 

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

What are the ECE Areas?
The eight possible Primary or Related Areas and the core course associated with each are listed in the following table.
 

Research Area Core Course
Automatic Control (AC) EE602
Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (BE) EE600
Communications, Networking, Signal and Image Processing (CS) EE600
Computer Engineering (CE) EE608
Energy Sources and Systems (ES) EE610
Fields and Optics (FO) EE604
Microelectronics and Nanotechnology(MN) EE606
VLSI and Circuit Design (VC) EE606/608

I’m confused about Primary Area and Related Area. Please explain.

Primary Area
Each Area Committee in ECE designates those courses in ECE that are acceptable Primary Area courses for its own students. Check the Area's web site for a current listing of Primary Area courses.

Related Area
Related Area coursework are those courses covering topics outside the Primary Area. If consistent with ECE Primary-Area policies, all non-ECE courses and ECE courses associated with a different ECE area (including courses administered by more than one area) may serve as Related Area courses. Related Area courses may be, but are not required to be, from the same ECE area.

Mathematics Requirement
The ECE School requires that all Master's students include three (thesis option) or six (non-thesis option) hours of mathematics to be included as a related area on their plans of study. See Appendix A of the Master's Program Handbook for a listing of acceptable Mathematics courses, including a select set of Computer Science, Statistics, and Physics courses that can also be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Although students in the ECE program must identify a Primary Area, the ECE School does not specify the combination of Primary and ECE Related Area courses you must have. Your advisory committee will help you determine the right combination for you.

Please note that your major professor should be a member of your declared Primary Area. Also, at least one member of the advisory committee must be from your Primary Area, and another member must be from your Related Area.

Can I change my plan of study?
Yes, you may change courses as well as committee members on your plan of study.

How do I change courses on my plan of study?
Submit requests to change the plan of study through myPurdue. The approval of all the members of your committee is required. To obtain the approval of all your committee members, print the currect plan, make revisions on the hard copy (mark through courses being deleted, write in courses being added), gain the signatures of the members of the committee and bring that copy to the Graduate Office. The Chair of your committee does not need to sign this copy. He/she will sign the electronic request to change the plan of study.

I would like to apply to the ECE PhD program. What do I do?
Application forms for the ECE PhD program are available in the ECE Graduate Office and should be filed at the beginning of the final semester of your Master's program. Admission is based on evaluation of a student's potential for success at the PhD level. The grade point average (GPA) of a typical successful applicant is 3.6 or higher. At a minimum, the student must have a GPA of 3.3 and the positive recommendation of advisory committee members.