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Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering

M.S. Program


The master’s degree will be granted to degree candidates who complete a program of studies approved by a faculty advisor. The degree does not require a thesis, but students may include a thesis in their program with up to nine units for their thesis work. The program must include no less than 45 units. In addition, a 3.0 GPA (B average) must be earned in all coursework taken at Santa Clara University. Residence requirements are met by completing 36 units of the graduate program at Santa Clara University. A maximum of nine quarter units (six semester units) of graduate level coursework may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the student’s advisor. All units applied toward the degree, including those transferred from other institutions, must be earned within a six-year period.

Students must develop a program of studies with an academic advisor and file the approved program during their first term of enrollment at Santa Clara University. The program of studies must contain a minimum of 45 or more units of graduate-level engineering courses which include at least 27 units of electrical engineering courses and no more than four units of engineering management courses.

Each MSEE student must belong to one of the three focus areas: Circuits and Systems, Electronics, or Microwave and Communication. See the list of courses under each area below. The program of study must include the following:

General Core

  1. Graduate Core (minimum 6 units): See descriptions in Chapter 4, Academic Information
  2. Applied Mathematics (4 units)
  3. Electrical Engineering Core - focus area (6 units). Students must select and meet the requirements of one of the three primary focus areas (Systems, Electronics, or Microwave and Communication)

    Systems: ELEN 211, 236, and one course selected from ELEN 233, 233E, or BIOE 250

    Electronics: Choose one course from each of these three groups: ELEN 252 or 387, ELEN 261 or 264, ELEN 500 or 603

    Microwave and Communication: ELEN 201, 241, 701

  4. Electrical Engineering Core – breadth: (4 units) One course must be taken from each of the two areas not selected as the primary focus area. These courses may be selected from the focus area core lists above or, with the approval of the graduate program advisor, from an extended list included in the program of studies form.

Additional graduate courses may be recommended and approved by the graduate program advisor. Up to 15 units of electives may be selected from the following upper-division undergraduate courses: 112, 118, 127, 130, 133, 160 (Systems); 116, 117, 151, 152, 153, 156, 164 (Electronics); 105, 141, 144 (Communication and Microwave).

These M.S. degree requirements may be adjusted by the advisor based on the student’s previous graduate work. Alterations in the approved program, consistent with the above departmental requirements, may be requested at any time by a petition initiated by the student and approved by the advisor.

Students with relevant technical backgrounds may be admitted to the MSEE program without a BSEE from an accredited program. In order to guarantee prerequisites for graduate courses, those students must take sufficient additional courses beyond the 45-unit minimum to ensure coverage of all areas of the undergraduate EE core requirements. A student who has earned a Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Certificate will have satisfied these background requirements.

Undergraduate Core Courses

  • ELEN 21: Introduction to Logic Design
  • ELEN 33: Introduction to Digital Systems Architectures
  • ELEN 50: Electric Circuits I
  • ELEN 100: Electric Circuits II
  • ELEN 104: Electromagnetics I
  • ELEN 110: Linear Systems
  • ELEN 115: Electronic Circuits I

The advisor will determine which courses must be taken to meet these requirements. Undergraduate core courses will not be included in the 45 units required for the MSEE.

Please Note: In general, no credit will be allowed for courses that duplicate prior coursework, including courses listed above as degree requirements. (However, a graduate-level treatment of a topic is more advanced than an undergraduate course with a similar title.) Students should discuss any adjustments of these requirements with their academic advisor before they file their program of studies. In all cases, prerequisite requirements should be interpreted to mean the course specified or an equivalent course taken elsewhere.

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Chair: Shoba Krishnan

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