Graduate Program

Required Coursework

  • Candidates for the Master of Science degree who present a thesis are required to complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work and 6 semester hours of thesis.
  • Candidates for the Master of Science degree who do not present a thesis are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work.
  • Course work presented for the Master of Science must include a minimum of 12 semester hours at the 5000- or 6000-level in electrical engineering. At least 15 (21 for non-thesis option) hours of the student's graduate course work must be electrical engineering courses.

 

Other Information Regarding Coursework

  • Only six (6) hours of ELEG 588V (Special Problems) may be counted towards the degree.
  • Students who complete a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a GPA of 3.5 or greater may count towards the M.S. degree up to 6 hours of electrical engineering graduate-level course work completed as an undergraduate student.
  • The M.S.E.E. degree includes a distance education option for which students complete most or all of their course work using distance education courses. The use of this option is subject to approval by the student's major professor, and to the availability of sufficient distance education courses in the student's specialty areas to enable completion of the M.S.E.E.
  • The M.S.E.E. degree will allow transfer of up to nine credit hours of graduate level course work from universities with which the University of Arkansas has a "1+1" M.S.E.E. exchange program. Each course transferred must be graduate level and must be approved for transfer by the Electrical Engineering Graduate Committee. The transferred courses will not count toward the M.S.E.E. requirement for 5000 or 6000 level ELEG courses.

 

 

Main Steps in Completing an M.S.E.E. Degree

  1. Choose an Advisory Committee. You must choose an advisory committee before the end of your first semester of work. You advisory committee will oversee your work and exams. Your major advisor is the chairman of your advisory committee. You need to consult with your major advisory to select your advisory committee members. Fill out an Advisory Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.  If the advising committee members are the same as the thesis committee then one form may be used for both committees.
  2. Take the MSEE Readiness Assessment. Candidates for the M.S.E.E. degree must take an M.S. Readiness Assessment exam during their first semester of graduate work. This exam is administered by the student’s major professor, and is designed to assess the student’s undergraduate preparation for his or her graduate work. The student may be required to take whatever undergraduate courses are deemed necessary in addition to the graduate courses specified in items 1-3.  Fill out an MSEE Readiness Assessment form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.
  3. Decide your Schedule of Study. You, along with your major advisor and advisory committee, will choose all your courses for the master's degree. You should plan to choose these courses during your first semester. You need to do this to avoid missing a course that is only offered once every two years.  The Two-year Tentative Schedule of Graduate Courses shows when each course will be offered.  Fill out a Schedule of Study form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.  Global students should use the MSEE Online Schedule of Study form.
  4. Choose a Thesis Committee. If you are completing a thesis as part of your degree, you must choose a thesis committee. Your thesis committee will judge your thesis defense. Your major advisor is the chairman of the committee, and will help select its members. Fill out a Thesis Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.  If the thesis committee members are the same as the advising committee then one form may be used for both committees.
  5. Decide on a Thesis Title. If you are completing a thesis as part of your master's work, you must decide on the title of your research work. Fill out a Thesis Title form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department. You should do this at least one semester before you defend your thesis.
  6. Announce your Final Exam. You must announce your exam to the Electrical Engineering department. Fill out the Announcement of Final Exam form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department. You should do this about a week before your exam. If you are a thesis student, your thesis defense is your final exam. If you are a non-thesis student, you must take  a Comprehensive Exam in front of your committee.
  7. Complete and Defend Thesis. Complete your thesis and defend it in front of your committee.
  8. Complete the Record of Progress.  The Record of Progress must be completed and turned in to the Assistant to the Graduate Coordinator in the ELEG Office.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) requires 30 credit hours satisfying the following requirements:

    Thesis Option
  • 6 hours of thesis/research hours
  • 24 hours of coursework          
  • 15 hours must be Electrical Engineering    
  • 12 hours must be Electrical Engineering 5000/6000
    Non-Thesis Option
  • 30 hours of coursework
  • 21 hours must be Electrical Engineering
  • 12 hours must be Electrical Engineering 5000/6000

 

Program Specializations

 

Electric Power Specialization


The MSEE degree with an emphasis in electric power engineering provides those students
who have earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering with the opportunity to
learn about future electric energy systems. Specific topics include design of advanced
distribution systems, power system control, optimal and nonlinear control, electric power
quality, and power electronics. A total of 15 credit hours of course work is required for the
specialization in Electric Power Engineering.

Course work must be selected from the following list:
Courses in Electric Power Engineering (select 15 credit hours)
ELEG 5403 – Control Systems
ELEG 5473 – Power System Operation and Control
ELEG 5503 – Design of Advanced Electric Power Distribution Systems
ELEG 5513 – Power System Analysis
ELEG 5523 – Electric Power Quality
ELEG 5533 – Power Electronics and Motor Drives


Control Systems Specialization


The MSEE degree with a focus in control systems develops the skills and knowledge for
analyzing, simulating and evaluating complex systems that incorporate feedback controls.
Applications areas include aerospace and aircraft; automotive and ground vehicles;
robotics and industrial systems; biomedical and physiological processes. A total of 15
credit hours of course work is required for the specialization in Control Systems.

Course work must be selected from the following list:
Courses in Control Systems (select 15 credit hours)
CSCE 4753 – Computer Networks
ELEG 5403 – Control Systems
ELEG 5413 – Modern Control Systems
ELEG 5423 – Optimal Control Systems
ELEG 5443 – Nonlinear Systems Analysis and Control
ELEG 5693 – Wireless Communications

 

The remaining course work hours will be chosen from a list of complementary courses offered with on-line delivery.  Students are free to tailor their course schedule to satisfy their professional career needs.

Required Coursework


The following is a summary of the degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree. See the Electrical Engineering section of the Graduate Catalog for a more complete description.

  • If the student does not have an M.S. degree, a minimum of 42 hours of course work (excluding dissertation hours) beyond the bachelor’s degree must be presented in the Ph.D. program. If the student has an M.S. degree, a minimum of 42 hours of course work (excluding thesis and dissertation hours) must be presented in the combined M.S. and Ph.D. programs.
  • The course work specified above must include a minimum of 30 hours of course work at the 5000 and 6000 level, and at least 24 of these 5000- and 6000-level hours must be in electrical engineering.
  • The course work specified above must include GRSD 5003 or MEPH 5383.
  • The doctoral program must include at least 72 hours of course work and thesis or dissertation hours. A maximum of six of these hours may be thesis hours. The remaining hours that are not course work must be dissertation. The Graduate School requires a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation for graduation.


Summary of the Main Steps in Completing a Ph.D. Degree

  1. Choose an Advisory Committee. You must choose an advisory committee before the end of your first semester of work. Your advisory committee will oversee your work and administer exams. Your major advisor is the chairman of your advisory committee, and will help select its members.  The minimum number of members on a PhD Advisory Committee is four (4) members of the Graduate Faculty with Group I or Group II Graduate Faculty Status, with the majority of the committee members being inside the Department of Electrical Engineering.  At least one member of the Committee must be outside the department.  Fill out an Advisory Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.  If the advising committee members are the same as the dissertation committee then one form maybe used for both committees.
  2. Discuss Which Courses your Committee will Accept from your M.S. Degree. Your advisory committee must decide which courses they will accept from your M.S. degree. Fill out an MS Course Credit Hours Accepted Towards Ph.D. form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.
  3. Take Your Ph.D. Readiness Assessment. Your advisor and advisory committee will test your readiness to complete a Ph.D. degree before the end of your first semester. You will be given an exam to determine weaknesses or specific courses of study required. Fill out a Ph.D. Readiness Assessment form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department. For more details, click here.
  4. Decide Your Schedule of Study. In cooperation with your major advisor and advisory committee, you will choose all your courses for the entire Ph.D. degree. You will choose them all during your first semester. This means that you must plan your entire degree program at the beginning. This planning ahead is necessary to avoid missing any courses that may be offered only once every two years.  The Two-year Tentative Schedule of Graduate Courses shows when each course will be offered. Fill out a Schedule of Study form and submit to the Electrical Engineering department.
  5. Choose a Dissertation Committee. Your dissertation committee will judge your dissertation defense. You major advisor is the chairman of your dissertation committee, and will help you select its members.  The minimum number of members on a PhD Dissertation Committee is four (4) members of the Graduate Faculty with Group I or Group II Graduate Faculty Status, with the majority of the committee members being inside the Department of Electrical Engineering.  At least one member of the Committee must be outside the department.  Your dissertation committee may or may not be the same as your advisory committee. Fill out a Dissertation Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.  If the dissertation committee members are the same as the advising committee then one form may be used for both committees.
  6. Take the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam. The candidacy exam is taken after you have completed almost all of your coursework, but at least one year before completing the Ph.D. degree. This is when your advisory committee will review and critique your research plans. Writing a research proposal is part of the candidacy exam. Fill out a Candidacy Exam Announcement and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department. See PhD Candidacy Exam Guidelines for more details.
  7. Decide on a Dissertation Title. You must decide on the title of your research work at least one year before your dissertation defense. Fill out a Dissertation Title form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.
  8. Announce Your Final Exam. You must announce your dissertation defense to the Graduate School two weeks before the defense. You must announce your dissertation defense to the Electrical Engineering department about a week before the defense.
  9. Complete Dissertation and Defend It. The last step is to complete your dissertation and defend it in front of your committee.  The Department will require an electronic copy of the dissertation for its records. 
  10. Complete the Record of Progress.  The Record of Progress must be completed and turned in to the Assistant to the Graduate Coordinator in the ELEG Office.