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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 must submit an advisor-approved MS Plan of Study within the first semester. The deadlines are spread throughout the semester based on the first letter of your last/family name. See deadlines in chart below. To submit your Faculty Advisor approved MS Plan of Study, schedule an appointment online with the Masters Program Coordinator for a check-in meeting during the assigned time frame or your due date.

Summary Requirements for Project Path Option

The Non-Thesis Project Path requires at least 30 graduate credits with an average grade point average of 3.0 or better andsatisfactory evaluation by a faculty committee of a non-thesis project submitted in the semester of graduation.

Requirements include at least 30 graduate credits and non-thesis project submission:

  1. 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) for 3 credits plus at least 6 credits of ECE 6000 level or above, completed at OSU. ECE 6070 (Project Management) does not count as an advanced requirement
    • 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
    • ECE 6070 is mandatory within the first two semesters of beginning the graduate program
  2. One (1) credit of ECE or PHILOS 7080, Ethics and Professionalism: S/U or non-letter graded
  3. A maximum of five (5) credits of Individual Studies credit (ECE 6193) is permitted S/U or non-letter graded. OSU BS grads that have passed ECE 3080 or PHILOS 1332 are automatically exempt and the individual study maximum increases by one (1) credit
  4. Satisfactory performance of a non-thesis project submitted in the semester of graduation
*ENGR 5901 and 5902 will count toward ECE 6193 individual studies only
 

The non-thesis project evaluation are conducted by the student’s M.S. committee, consisting of the faculty advisor and at least one other faculty member. Consult your faculty advisor regarding submission format.

Important: Note that before starting the non-thesis projects, students need advisor approval. In addition, some students may be required to submit a one-page project proposal to their advisor for approval. Consult with your faculty advisor for requirements.

Submit the MS Graduation Checkout form in the final semester.

Summary Requirements for the Thesis Option

The Thesis Path requires at least 30 graduate credits with an average grade of 3.0 or better, satisfactory evaluation by a faculty committee of the oral defense of the thesis, and final thesis document.

Requirements include:

  1. A satisfactory thesis represented by at least 10 credits of ECE 6999 thesis research credits
  2. At least 18 credits must be letter-graded (no S/U), of which
    • At least 9 credits must be ECE courses with at least 6 credits of ECE 6000 level or 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
  3. One (1) credit ECE or PHILOS 7080 Ethics and Professionalism: S/U or non-letter graded
  4. A maximum of one (1) credit of non-letter-graded graduate credits Individual Studies (ECE 6193) is permitted: S/U or non-letter graded. OSU BS grads that have passed ECE 3080 or PHILOS 1332 are automatically exempt from ECE/PHILOS 7080 and the individual study maximum increases by 1 credit.
  5. Satisfactory performance on an oral defense of the thesis, and approval of the final thesis document in the graduation semester

*ENGR 5901 and 5902 will count toward ECE 6193 individual studies only

The thesis approval and the oral defense evaluation are conducted by the student’s M.S. committee, consisting of the faculty advisor and at least one other faculty member.

Submit the MS Graduation Checkout form in the final semester.

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.