Graduation Requirements

To meet the requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, a student must complete 30 semester units with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. At least 24 of these units must be 200-level courses.

The program provides the following two options:
1). Project/Thesis Option or 
2). Course-Only Option followed by a comprehensive exam.

Project/Thesis Option

Project/Thesis Option
Semester Units
Core: EE 210, EE221 and EE 250
Area of Specialization
Approved Electives
EE297 (MS Project) or EE299 (Thesis)
Total Units Required
9
9
6
6
30

Courses-Only Option

Courses-Only Option
Semester Units
Core: EE 210, EE221 and EE 250
Area of Specialization
Approved Electives
Comprehensive Exam
Total Units Required
9
9
12
0
30

Electives must have prior approval from the Area Advisor and must form a coherent plan of study as evidenced in the signed Plan of Study. Normally, they should be graduate courses in Electrical Engineering or related fields. In exceptional cases, up to 6 units of undergraduate upper division elective courses taken in the EE Department may be approved as electives. A maximum of 9 units (including those taken as an Open University student) taken outside the Electrical Engineering Department (or transferred from another university) may count towards the MSEE degree with preapproval from the graduate advisor/coordinator (Note: transferring courses from outside the EE Department to the MSEE program is rarely approved for more than one course).

EE 297 (MSEE Project) or EE 299 (Master’s Thesis) is the culminating experience of the MSEE program and may therefore be taken after completing at least 12 units. Before a student is eligible to enroll in EE 297 or EE 299, he or she must have satisfied the CSU competency in written English requirement, filed the “Candidacy Form”. To register for EE297 or EE299, student must complete the appropriate form and submit to the EE department for approval.

Competency in Written English for Graduate Students

In May 1986, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution endorsing “the principle that all students entering CSU after implementation of the proficiency/diagnostic examination be required to demonstrate their competency with regard to writing skills as a requirement for graduation.” Therefore, the establishment of English competency shall be a requirement of Classified Graduate students as a condition necessary for advancement to the candidacy for the award of the Master’s Degree.

Writing Skills Competency shall be established by one of the following: Satisfactory completion of EE 295; Or- Satisfactory completion of the CSU baccalaureate graduation requirement of competency in written English; Or- Satisfactory completion as a graduate student of the SJSU undergraduate, upper-division writing requirement by either having Engr 100W waived as a result of a high enough score in the Writing Skills Test (WST) or by passing the WST and then satisfactorily completing Engr 100W; Or- Satisfactory completion of Engr 200W, a course more appropriate to graduate students needs than Engr 100W; Or- Approval by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research of a professional publication for which the candidate was the sole author; Or- Satisfactory completion of an upper-division technical writing course at another university judged by the SJSU Office of Graduate Studies and Research to be equivalent to Engr 100W.

In addition to the above requirements, each student must satisfy all University requirements and procedures as stated in the San Jose State University Catalog

Areas of Specialization

The Department offers an opportunity to specialize in one of the areas of specialization; Digital Logic System Design, ASIC/VLSI Circuits, Analog/Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, Communications/ Digital Signal Processing, Power Electripnics and Control and Networking. A student can specialize in an area by taking at least 3 courses in that area. The electives can be taken from the area of specialization or from other areas. A student must consult his/her program advisor to design his/her program of study during the first semester in the department.

Practical Training for MSEE Students

Students are expected to gain professional experience to prepare for and to support their culminating experience, e.g. by including 0-6 units of internships (EE298i) in their Plan of Study.