The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering with a specialization in electrical and computer engineering. The M.S. program is available in three variants: traditional (with thesis), non-thesis, and five-year fast track BS/MS. The Ph.D.program normally requires a master’s degree but students with a bachelor’s degree and a record of excellent academic performance may be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program.
TTU's ECE Graduate Program is important in realizing the University’s Mission. It helps the University attract and retain quality faculty and students. It brings substantial value to the research infrastructure of the University, State, and Nation. The graduates and research results produced by this program raise the quality of life by stimulating economic development and adding high-paying jobs. Our graduate program goals are:
The new Fast-Track BS-MS five-year program is designed to attract exceptional TTU ECE seniors to stay at Tech for one additional year to obtain the MSECE degree. During their senior year, Fast-Track students are permitted to take two 5000 or 6000 level ECE courses, which count both as their BS senior electives and as their first two MSECE courses. They are also able to begin working with an MS faculty research advisors during their senior year, thus getting an early start on their masters research project. Fast-Track students are required to apply for admission to the MSECE program during their senior year in the normal fashion. The summer between the senior and graduate years is devoted to research, and the student takes three classes in each semester of the graduate year. In order to be admitted and to remain in the Fast-Track program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. Fast-Track students receive normal undergraduate financial aid and tuition during their senior year and a normal graduate teaching or research assistantship and graduate tuition waiver during their graduate (fifth) year. Fast-Track students who do not succeed (B grade or better) in their first two graduate courses during their senior year will be advised to complete their BS degree, and withdraw from the Fast-Track program.
The nonthesis track MSECE is available to students who desire an industry-oriented degree, and who may be attending school part-time while working. Only 7 of the 103 MS degrees awarded during the past five years have been nonthesis. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), eleven graduate courses (33 credits), and a written final comprehensive exam are required for graduation.
The thesis track MSECE is recommended for students who are planning a career in corporate or academic research, design, and development and who may pursue a Ph.D. in the future. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), eight graduate courses (24 credits), 6 credits of research, an approved thesis, and an oral thesis defense (comprehensive exam) are required for graduation.
A program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the departments participating in this program. More information can be found on the College of Engineering Graduate Programs page.