To meet the requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, a student must complete 30 semester units with a cumulative major GPA of 3.0 or better, satisfy competency in written English for Graduate Students and the overall SJSU GPA is 3.0 or better.
Academic Standards for Graduate Students - Important!!
The program provides the following two options:
1). Project/Thesis Option or
2). Course-Only Option followed by a comprehensive exam.
**30 units does not include GWAR requirement (EE 295 or equivalent).
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 (with pre-approval from the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Sirkeci):
- Up to 3 units of undergraduate upper-division courses taken in the EE Department at SJSU may be approved as electives, OR
- Up to 3 units graduate-level courses taken at SJSU but outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be approved as electives, OR
- Up to 6 units graduate-level Open University courses taken in the EE Department at SJSU (or transferred from another university before your admission to MSEE program at SJSU) may be approved as electives
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 or Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
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.
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
Practical Training for MSEE Students
Students are encouraged to gain professional experience to prepare for and to support their culminating experience by having internship during their time at SJSU. International students are required to follow CPT policies form ISSS office and must enroll into EE 298i for internship. EE298i units are however not counted towards the number of units required for the MSEE degree.