Electrical Engineering (Master of Science)
Typically candidates have obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering prior to application but those who haven't are encouraged to apply for the program if they have extensive background in mathematics and the basic sciences. In such cases, it may be necessary for a student to complete the entrance qualifications without receiving credit toward graduate studies. The general requirements for admission as outlined under the "Regulations of the Graduate College" must be met. Areas of research expertise are biomedical engineering, machine vision, mechatronics, computer engineering, solid state physical electronics, electromagnetics, information processing, communication theory, semiconductor materials, devices and integrated circuits (VLSI).
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science
An accredited bachelor's degree in an appropriate field.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
An accredited bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or equivalent education.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Advanced courses in electrical engineering, physics, computer science, and mathematics (eighteen to twenty-four credits) with at least fifteen credits appropriately distributed in approved areas of study in the Electrical and Computer Engineering departments. Thesis research (six to twelve credits).
Although a thesis is normally required in the program leading to the M.S. in Electrical Engineering, the thesis may be waived with departmental approval, in favor of additional courses which constitute a non-thesis option. In such cases, the student will be expected to have considerable professional experience, or to submit high quality technical reports as evidence of professional maturity.
In either case, successful completion of the M.S. degree will require passing a comprehensive examination. This examination will be based on course work that was taken in the pursuit of the M.S. degree. Thesis option students will be tested orally at the time of their thesis proposal. Non-thesis option students will be asked to make a report, both written and oral on a design or research topic of current interest which relates to course work taken at UVM. The presentation must be understandable to engineers and scientists, not just professionals working directly on the particular topic.