Five-Year Fast Track BS/MS
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.
Admission requirements and procedures are on the Graduate Admission page.
Core courses are listed on the graduate courses page.