The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a combined degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science open to electrical engineering majors with an approved grade point average of at least 3.0 in electrical engineering, mathematics, and physics courses. Under the combined degree program, an undergraduate student begins taking courses required for a master’s degree before completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree and typically completes the requirements for a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering within a year of obtaining the bachelor’s degree.
Undergraduate students admitted to the combined degree program are required to enroll in the program between February of their junior year and December of their senior year. Students in this program will receive their bachelor’s degree after satisfying the standard undergraduate degree requirements. To earn the master’s degree, students must fulfill all the requirements for the degree, including the completion of 45 units of coursework beyond that applied to their bachelor’s degree.
No course can be used to satisfy requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Completion of 10 or more units of coursework in electrical engineering taken for the master’s degree satisfies the Professional Development requirement of the undergraduate program.
Candidates are required to file a regular MSEE program of studies, which must be approved and signed by the advisor. The program of studies for the master’s degree may include up to 20 units of elective coursework from ELEN 112, 116, 117, 118, 127, 130, 133, 134, 141, 143, 144, 152, 153, 156, 160, 161, 162, 164, 200, and above. These undergraduate units can count toward a master’s degree only if a grade of B or better is earned. Students who do not complete the combined degree program within six years of entering the University will automatically be transferred to the regular master’s degree program. Although six years is the maximal timeframe for completing the combined degree, full-time students enrolling in February of their junior year normally complete both degrees within five years.
Senior Courses Eligible for Graduate Credit
|Undergraduate Course||Number of Units||Satisfies M.S. Core Requirement||Excludes Graduate Course|
|ELEN 112||5||None||ELEN 216|
|ELEN 118||5||Networks||ELEN 219|
|ELEN 130||5||None||ELEN 230|
|ELEN 133||5||None||ELEN 233|
|ELEN 141||5||None||ELEN 241|
|ELEN 143||5||None||ELEN 446|
|ELEN 145||5||None||ELEN 447|
|ELEN 152||5||Electronics||ELEN 274|
|ELEN 153||5||Electronics||ELEN 387|
|ELEN 156||5||None||ENGR 260|
|ELEN 160||5||None||ELEN 217|