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Master of Science Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree is offered in Electrical and Computer Engineering with two options: research track (thesis) and project track (non-thesis). A minimum of 30 Graduate credit hours is required to earn a master’s degree. A student must be registered for at least three (3) graduate credit hours the semester in which graduation is expected. Students also must submit an advisor-approved MS plan of study to the ECE program coordinator by the end of their first semester.

Summary Requirements for Project Path Option

The Non-Thesis Project Path requires at least 30 hours of graduate credit with an average grade point average of 3.0 or better. Requirements include at least 30 credits and of these 30 credits:

  • At least 24 credits must be letter-graded (no S/U), of which
    • At least 15 credits must be ECE courses, one of which is ECE 6070 (Project Management)
    • At least 6 credits must be ECE 6000 level and above completed at OSU. ECE 6070 (Project Management) does not count as an advanced requirement.
    • 1 credit of ECE 7080, Ethics and Professionalism. Mandatory for those admitted autumn 2015 or after. OSU grads that have passed ECE 3080 are automatically exempt and the individual study maximum increases by 1 credit.
    • A maximum of 5 credits of Individual Studies credit (ECE 6193) is permitted.
    • A maximum of 9 credits are allowed in a related field such as engineering, biological sciences, physics, math, chemistry, business, economics, ACCAD and statistics with advisor approval.

The non-thesis path also requires satisfactory performance on the M.S. Non-Thesis Exam. The Non-Thesis Exam is evlauted by the M.S. committee, consisting of the the student's advisor and at least one other faculty member.

Important: Note that before starting the Non-Thesis Exam projects, students need advisor approval. In addition, students may be required to submit a one-page project proposal to their advisor for approval.

**Students who earned a BS in ECE from OSU and successfully completed ECE 3080 are exempt from taking ECE 7080. In that situation, students can take an additional credit of Individual Studies (ECE 6193).

Summary Requirements for the Thesis Option

The Thesis Path requires at least 30 hours of graduate credit with an average grade of 3.0 or better.

Requirements include:

1. A satisfactory thesis represented by at least 10 credits of ECE 6999 thesis research credits.

2. At least 20 credits exclusive of thesis research credits (ECE 6999). Of these 20 credits:

  • At least 18 credits must be letter-graded (no S/U), of which
    • At least 9 credits must be ECE courses
    • At least 6 credits must be ECE 6000 level and above completed at OSU.  ECE 6070 does not count as advanced level.
    • A maximum of 9 credits in a related field (engineering, biological sciences, physics, math, chemistry, business, economics, ACCAD, statistics) with advisor approval.
    • 1 credit ECE 7080 Ethics and Professionalism. Mandatory for those admitted autumn 2015 or after. OSU grads that have passed ECE 3080 are automatically exempt and the individual study maximum increases by 1 credit.
    • A maximum of 1 credit of individual studies (ECE 6193)

The thesis path also requires satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (Master’s Examination) which is a defense of the thesis, and approval of the thesis document. The thesis approval and the oral examination are conducted by the student’s M.S. committee, consisting of the faculty advisor and at least one other faculty member.

**Students who earned a BS in ECE at OSU and successfully completed ECE 3080 are exempt from taking ECE 7080. In that situation, students can take an additional credit of Individual Studies (ECE 6193).

Additional information

Time Limit

Both the thesis and non-thesis M.S. programs have a six (6) year time limit for completion.

Satisfactory Performance

For graduation clearance, students are required by the Graduate School and ECE to be in good standing and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Requirement of Advanced ECE Courses for M.S. Degree

Six credits of letter-graded advanced ECE courses are required for the M.S. degree. Advanced courses in semesters are defined as ECE 6000 level and above, excluding ECE 6070.

Transfer Credit

Not more than six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another institution.