Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree with a major in Electrical Engineering offers an education in the advanced aspects of electrical engineering with the following areas of concentration: electronic communication systems, control systems, VLSI, computer engineering, and power systems.

Degree Conferred: M. Eng.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA

An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Exceptions to this will be based on professional experience and other factors such as GRE scores.

In addition, a student who does not meet the overall 3.0 GPA may be considered for admission if the student has a 3.0 junior/senior GPA.

Education A B.S. in electrical engineering or its equivalent from a regionally-accredited institution; for U.S. applicants, the institution must be accredited by ABET.
Supporting Materials

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, that is, no specific deadline. Note that it may take 4-6 weeks to receive transcripts and process an application.

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

Degree Requirements

As soon as possible after admission, students should develop a tentative plan of study including all courses that are deemed desirable before completion of the program. This plan will be prepared with the help of an adviser and may include specific courses necessary to remove any background deficiencies.

Those applying for admission as a master of engineering candidate without an electrical engineering degree may be admitted with the stipulation that deficiencies in background, if any, will be remedied early in the program and that these courses will be in addition to the required number of credits for the degree.

The prerequisite courses for students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering are: Calculus I, Calculus II, Control System Design, Differential Equations, Physics I, Physics II, Physics III, Chemistry, Statics, Computer Progamming, Dynamics, Electrical Circuits I, Electrical Circuits II, Thermodynamics, and Electronic Circuits.

A total of 33 credits is required for a Master of Engineering degree, of which at least 24 must be taken through Penn State Harrisburg engineering graduate programs. At least 18 credits must be at the 500 level, which includes 3 credits of ENGR 594.

Generally, students enrolled in the program for the Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering must earn 12 credits in the required prescribed core courses (i.e., courses with the E E prefix).

The Master of Engineering Paper: A candidate for the degree must write a scholarly report or engineering paper and defend it before three faculty members. The paper is intended to be a relatively short document compared with a thesis. A published paper may be used to meet this requirement. The paper should be written according to the standards set for an IEEE publication.

The engineering paper may be initiated by taking the 1-credit ENGR 594 (Master’s Paper Research) course. This should be done approximately halfway through the program. After the proposal is approved and the work is well under way, the student should register for ENGR 594 with his/her paper adviser. Work will proceed as planned under the direction of the paper adviser, though changes may be made with the consent of the master’s paper committee.

Degree Requirements: The program’s 33 credits are distributed in two groups of courses: Prescribed Courses and Supporting Courses.

Up to 9 credits of graduate work may be transferred from other institutions provided (a) credits are suitable for the particular engineering discipline, and (b) students have earned a grade of B or better.

Students must have a 3.00 grade-point average in both prescribed and supporting courses approved by the program to graduate. Students pursue the program on a part-time basis. A student can complete the program within two years, based on completion of two courses a semester.

Courses

Prescribed Courses (12 Credits)

  • E E 441 Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology (3) Prerequisites: E E 310, E SC 314.
    or
    E E 488 Power Systems Analysis I (3) Prerequisite: E E 387 or E E 485
  • E E 480 Linear Systems: Time Domain & Transformation Analysis (3) Prerequisite: graduate standing
  • E E 460 Communication Systems II (3) Prerequisite: E E 360
  • E E 594 Research Projects (1-3; 3 credits total)

Supporting Courses (21 Credits)

  • 400- or 500-level mathematics, computer science, or engineering course (6)
  • 500-level mathematics, computer science, or engineering course (3)
  • 500-level E E courses (12)

M. Eng. E E Courses

  • E E 410 - Linear Electronic Design (3) Prerequisite: E E 311
  • E E 413 - Power Electronics (3) Prerequisites: E E 310, E E 350
  • E E 420 - Electro-optics: Principles and Devices (3) Prerequisite: E E 320
  • E E 421 - Optical Fiber Communications (3) Prerequisites: E E 350, E E 320, E SC 314
  • E E 430 - Principles of Electromagnetic Fields (3) Prerequisite: E E 330
  • E E 432 - UHF and Microwave Engineering (3) Prerequisites: E E 330, E E 310
  • E E 438 - Antenna Engineering (3) Prerequisite: E E 330
  • E E 441 - Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology (3) Prerequisite: E E 310, E SC 314
  • E E 442 - Solid State Devices (3) Prerequisites: E E 310, E SC 314
  • E E 453 - Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (3) Prerequisite: E E 351 or E E 352 or E E 353
  • E E 456 - Introduction to Neural Networks (3) Prerequisite: CMPSC 201 or CMPSC 202; MATH 220
  • E E 458 - Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision (3) Prerequisite: E E 352
  • E E 460 - Communication Systems II (3) Prerequisite: E E 360
  • E E 480 - Linear Systems: Time Domain and Transform Analysis (3) Prerequisite: graduate standing 
  • E E 481 - Control Systems (4) Prerequisite: E MCH 211; PHYS 211; E E 352
  • E E 483 – Introduction to Automation and Robotics Systems (3) Prerequisite: E E 481
  • E E 484 - Control System Design (3) Prerequisite: E E 481
  • E E 488 - Power Systems Analysis I (3) Prerequisite: E E 387 or E E 485
  • E E 489 - Power Systems Analysis II (3) Prerequisite: E E 488
  • E E 496 – Independent Studies (1-18)
  • E E 497 - Special Topics (courses vary from semester to semester; see ON-LINE SCHEDULE for current offerings)
  • MATH 414 (STAT 414) - Introduction to Probability Theory (3)  Prerequisite: MATH 230 or MATH 231
  • MATH 430 - Linear Algebra and Discrete Models I (3) Prerequisite: MATH 220
  • E E 500 - Colloquium (1)
  • E E 510 - Linear Integrated Circuits (3) Prerequisite: E E 441, E E 410
  • E E 520 - Electro Optics--Systems and Computing (3) Prerequisite: E E 420
  • E E 521 - Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics (3) Prerequisite: E E 421
  • E E 531 - Engineering Electromagnetics (3) Prerequisite: E E 430
  • E E 534 - Conformal Antennas (3) Prerequisite: E E 538
  • E E 537 - Numerical and Asymptotic Methods of Electromagnetics (3)
  • E E 538 - Antenna Engineering (3) Prerequisite: E E 438
  • E E 541 - Manufacturing Methods in Microelectronics (3) Prerequisite: E E 441
  • E E 542 - Semiconductor Devices (3) Prerequisite: E E 442
  • E E 551 - Wavelets, Filter Banks and Multi-Resolution Analysis (3) Prerequisite: E E 453, MATH 220
  • E E 553 - Topics in Digital Signal Processing (3) Prerequisite: E E 453
  • E E 556 - Graphs, Algorithms and Neural Networks (3) Prerequisite: none
  • E E 560 - Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes (3)   Prerequisite: E E 350,  STAT 418
  • E E 561 - Information Theory (3) Prerequisite: E E 460 or STAT 418
  • E E 562 - Detection and Estimation Theory (3) Prerequisite: E E 560
  • E E 568 - Digital Communications I (3) Prerequisite: E E 460; Prerequisite or Concurrent: E E 560
  • E E 580 - Linear Control Systems (3) Prerequisite: E E 380 
  • E E 581 - Optimal Control (3) Prerequisite: E E 580
  • E E 587 - Nonlinear Control And Stability (3) Prerequisite: E E 380 
  • E E 588 - Power Systems Control and Operation (3) Prerequisites: E E 488
  • E E 594 – Research Projects (1-3)
  • E E 596 – Individual Studies (1-9)
  • E E 597 - Special Topics (course names & numbers vary from semester to semester)
  • E E 600 - Thesis Research (1-15)
  • E MCH 524A - Mathematical Methods in Engineering (3) Prerequisite: MATH 250 or MATH 251

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