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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Electrical Engineering (EEL)

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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
CIP Code: 14.1001
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department (EGE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Andrew Hoff
Phone: 813-974-4958
Email: hoff@usf.edu

Website: http://ee.eng.usf.edu/


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Program Information


The Department of Electrical Engineering offers both doctoral and masters level degrees. The major areas of research and instruction in the Department are: semiconductor materials, microelectronic manufacturing, MEMS, nanotechnology, VLSI design, digital signal processing, communication theory, wireless communications, microwave engineering, power systems and controls, and biomedical materials and imaging. The Department's research efforts are supported by well-equipped laboratories in the areas of silicon processing, compound semiconductors, electro-optics, IC design, thin dielectric films, communications and signal processing, power systems, nanotechnology, MEMS, micro/millimeter waves, biomedical materials and imaging, and bioengineering.

Current and previous Ph.D. dissertations explored the areas of microelectronics (materials and devices of elemental and compound semiconductors, circuit design, modeling, testing, and reliability); communications and signal processing (communication networks, packet switching, satellite communications, communications software, and VLSI for signal processing); systems and controls; solid state material and device processing and characterization; electro-optics, electromagnetic, microwave and millimeter- wave engineering ( antennas, devices, systems); and biomedical engineering. Master's programs include options in semiconductor materials and processes, VLSI design, communications and signal processing, power systems and controls, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering, and biomedical engineering.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TOEFL score of 550; 213 on computerized test; 79 on internet based exam
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

18

Students must take two of the following applied Mathematics courses as part of the degree program:

EGN5421
EGN5422
EGN5423
EGN5424
EGN5425
EEL6542
PHC6050

Engineering Applications of Vector Analysis
Engineering Applications of Partial Differential Equations
Mathematics for Communications Engineering
Engineering Applications of Complex Analysis
Matrix Theory
Random Processes
Biostatistics

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Students must take two of the following approved in depth sequences as part of their degree program:

EEL6426 PLUS
  EEL6427
EEL6486C PLUS
  EEL6487 OR
  EEL6481
EEL5462 PLUS
  EEL6463 OR
  EEL6481
EEL6935 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEL6534 PLUS
  EEL6509 OR
  EEL6593
BME6000 PLUS
  GM7930 OR
  EEL6936
EEL6935 PLUS
  EEL6273
EEL6502 PLUS
  EEL6752 OR
  EEL6586
EEL6597 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEE5344 PLUS
  EEE6936 OR
  EEE6936
EEE5382 PLUS
  EEL6353
EEE6353 PLUS
  EEE6358
EEE5356 PLUS
  EEE6936
EEE6355 PLUS
  EEE6318
EEL5631 PLUS
  EEL6613
EEE6936 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEL5250 PLUS
  EEL6935
EEL6935 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEL6936 PLUS
  EEL6935
EEL5935 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEL6425 PLUS
  EEL6936
EEL6935 PLUS
  EEL6936

RF/MW Circuits I
RF/MW Circuits II
EM Field Theory
Adv EM Field Theory
Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
Antenna Theory
Adv Antenna Theory
Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
Monolithic MW Circuits
Advanced Monolithic MW Circuits
Digital Communication Systems
Satellite Comm
Mobile and Personal Comm
Intro to Biomedical Eng
Anatomy for Bioengineers
Bio Image Processing
Bioelectricity
Chemical and Bio Sensor Microsystems
DSP-I
DSP-II
Speech Signal Processing
Wireless Network Architecture and Protocols
Adv Topics in Wireless Comm
Digital CMOS VLSI Design
VHDL
Low Power VLSI Design
Physical Basis of Microelectronics
Semiconductor Device Theory I
Semi Conductor Device Theory I
Semi Conductor Device Theory II
Integrated Circuit Technology
Advanced Integrated Circuit Technology
Compound Semiconductor Technology
Characterization of Semiconductors
Digital Control Systems
Modern Control Theory
VHDL
Rapid System Prototyping
Electric Power Systems I
Electric Power Systems II
Industrial Power Distribution I
Industrial Power Distribution II
Utility Power Distribution I
Utility Power Distribution II
Electric Machines and Drives
Power Electronics
Intro to Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology II
Micro Electro Mechanical Systems I
Micro Electro Mechanical Systems II

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Other sequence must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

Concentrations available:
Circuits, Controls and Systems
Communications and Signal Processing
Digital Architecture and Design
Electric Power Systems
Microelectronics
Wireless Circuits and Systems

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

6

EEL6971

Thesis: Master's

6

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Thesis Option: Required Courses-24; Thesis Hours-6
Include Program Core, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 6 hours of elective coursework.

Course Work Only Option: 30 credits required
Include Program Core, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 12 hours of elective coursework.

††††††† Electives:
††††††† Minimum elective hours:
††††††††††† Thesis Ė 6 hours
††††††††††† Coursework only Ė 12 hours
Students may adopt suggested electives from the Department Graduate Handbook, by track or emphasis area of their choice.† All courses must be graduate level.† Students should refer to university requirements when choosing courses bearing in mind allowed quantities of 5xxx and 6xxx coursework.† Special selections must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

Comprehensive Exam
The University requires all Masterís students to be assessed by a comprehensive examination.† The Department maintains two versions of this exam according to the student pathway to degree, i.e. Thesis or Non-Thesis as follows:

Thesis students:
Studentís written thesis and Public Defense of same constitute the comprehensive exam.† Student is provided a rubric that they will be assessed by relative to their written document and presentation.† The Committee reports this assessment to the Department for final approval.

Non-Thesis Students:
In lieu of the Comprehensive Exam, a portfolio addressing the content from a capstone course in the primary area of study, content from a course in a secondary area of study, and content from a core mathematics course will be submitted upon graduation. The graduate program coordinator, chair of the department, and the vice chair of the department will evaluate the submissions according to the overall quality of the writing, the clarity of the explanation of how the outcomes were achieved, and the quality of the examples that are included.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

30

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of the Graduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EGN5421, EGN5422, EGN5423, EGN5424, EGN5425, EEL6545, PHC6050, EEL6426, EEL6427, EEL6486, EEL6487, EEL6481, EEL5462, EEL6463, EEL6481, EEL6935, EEL6936, EEL6534, EEL6509, EEL6593, ECH6693, GM7930, EEL6936, EEL6935, EEL6273, EEL6502, EEL6752, EEL6586, EEL6597, EEL6936, EEE5344, EEE6936, ,