Five-Year Fast Track BS/MS

The 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.

Thesis Option

The thesis option 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.

Non-thesis Option

The non-thesis option 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.


Admission requirements and procedures are on the Graduate Admission page.

Degree Requirements

See the Graduate Catalog for University, College, Departmental (I) and Departmental (II) requirements.

Breadth Courses (effective Fall 2014): ECE 6040, ECE 6170, ECE 6200, and ECE 6510.

Core Courses (prior to Fall 2014): ECE 6040, ECE 6110, ECE 6120, ECE 6170, ECE 6200, ECE 6250, ECE 6510, ECE 6580, ECE 6600, ECE 6620, ECE 6640, and ECE 6750.


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