Supplemental Program of Study Requirements

In addition to the credit hours requirements, there are departmental requirements for graduate degrees at both the MS and the PhD levels in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE). Click here for the full ECpE supplementary rules.

Master of Science with Thesis Option

  • Requires 30 credits. No fewer than 22 of these credits shall be earned at ISU. A minimum of twenty-one (21) credits must be course work and a minimum of six (6) must be research/thesis credits.
  • Of the 21 course credit hours, eighteen (18) credits must be from within ECpE. Twelve (12) credits must be from a single academic area. Six (6) credits must be from outside this academic area. (see Academic Area Courses)
  • All out-of-major courses included on all Programs of Study must at least be at the 400 level. All courses within the major field shall be at the 500 level or higher.
  • Students may enroll for Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering seminar courses as often as desired. However, only one (1) credit may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study.
  • Independent Study credits, Electrical Engineering 590 or Computer Engineering 590, can be taken as often as desired. However, only thee (3) credits may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study. A report summarizing the work completed needs to be submitted to the ECpE Student Services Office before credits will be allowed on the Program of Study. The work performed shall be commensurate with the number of credit hours.
  • Students are expected to perform original and creative research and report their research results in a thesis.
  • Each student is required to attend at least two (2) Ph.D. or MS defenses during her/his tenure as requirements for graduation.
  • Each student is required to attend at least two (2) departmental seminars per semester.
  • Each student needs to fulfill the publication requirement of at least one (1) journal or peer-reviewed conference paper submission.
  • Requires the satisfactory completion of a final oral examination.

Master of Science with Non-Thesis Option (Creative Component)

A student who elects not to write a thesis shall be required to demonstrate ability to do independent work in one of two ways: (1) by studying literature on a topic of current interest and presenting a written and oral report on that topic, or (2) by completing an assigned task of measurements, design, construction, or computation, and presenting a written and oral report of the results. The students shall seek the approval of the major professor in choosing the creative component work. This work will be conducted under EE 599 or CprE 599 and graded either as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. The written report should demonstrate substantial evidence of creative endeavor. Additional requirements are as follows:

  • Requires 30 credits. No fewer than 22 of these credits shall be earned at ISU. A minimum of twenty-seven (27) credits must be course work and a minimum of two (2) credits must be creative component (599) credits.
  • Of the 27 course credit hours, eighteen (18) credits must be from within ECpE. Twelve (12) credits must be from a single academic area. Six (6) credits must be from outside this academic area. (see Academic Area Courses)
  • All out-of-department (major) courses included on all Programs of Study must at least be at the 400 level. All courses within the major field shall be at the 500 level or higher.
  • Students may enroll for Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering seminar courses as often as desired. However, only one (1) credit may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study.
  • Independent Study credits, Electrical Engineering 590 or Computer Engineering 590, can be taken as often as desired. However, only three (3) credits may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study. A report summarizing the work completed needs to be submitted to the ECpE Student Services Office before credits will be allowed on the Program of Study. The work performed shall be commensurate with the number of credit hours.
  • Each student is required to attend at least two (2) Ph.D. or MS defenses during her/his tenure as requirements for graduation.
  • Each student is required to attend at least two (2) departmental seminars per semester.
  • Requires the satisfactory completion of a final oral examination and a report summarizing the work.

Master of Engineering

  • Requires 30 course credits. No fewer than 22 of these credits shall be earned at ISU.
  • Twenty-four (24) credits must be from within ECpE. Twelve (12) credits must be from a single academic area. Six (6) credits must be from outside this academic area.
  • Independent Study credits, EE or CprE 590, can be taken as often as desired. However, only three (3) credits may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study.

PhD

  • Requires 72 graduate credits of which no fewer than 36 graduate credits must be from ISU. A minimum of twenty-four (24) of these ISU credits must be coursework and a minimum of twelve (12) must be dissertation/research credits.
  • For the qualifying process, a student must have taken four (4) courses from the Research Area (Knowledge) and Skills Development Course lists, with two (2) from each list.
  • Twelve (12) credits must be from a single academic area within ECpE. Six (6) credits must be from outside this academic area and outside the qualifying courses for breadth.
  • A maximum of twelve (12) credits of coursework may be transferred from another graduate institution.
  • All out-of-department (major) courses included on all Programs of Study must at least be at the 400 level. All courses within the major field shall be at the 500 level or higher.
  • Students may enroll for Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering seminar courses as often as desired. However, only one (1) credit maybe counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study.
  • Independent Study credits, Electrical Engineering 590 or Computer Engineering 590, can be taken as often as desired. However, only six (6) credits may be counted towards the course credit requirements on the Program of Study. A report summarizing the work completed needs to be submitted to the ECpE Student Services Office before credits will be allowed on the Program of Study. The work performed shall be commensurate with the number of credit hours.
  • Each student is required to attend at least five (5) Ph.D. defenses during her/his tenure as requirements for graduation.
  • Each student is required to attend at least two (2) departmental seminars per semester.
  • Each student is required to make at least one (1) presentation at the graduate student seminar during her/his tenure.
  • Each student needs to fulfill the publication requirement of at least one (1) journal or two (2) peer-reviewed conference papers published or accepted for publication, as approved by the major professor.
  • Requires the satisfactory completion of a final oral examination.

Revised September 2012