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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major 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 Departments 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.Masters majors 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:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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

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Major Requirements

Thesis Option
Required Courses: 24 hours

Include Major Core below, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 6 hours of electrive coursework
Required Thesis Hours: 6 hours
Total hours: 30 hours

Course work only
Required Courses 30 hours
Include Major Core below, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 12 hours of elective coursework.
Total Hours: 30 hours

Major Core:18 hours

Students must take two of the following applied mathematics courses as part of the degree program:
EGN 5421 Engineering Applications of Vector Analysis(3)
EGN 5422 Engineering Applications of Partial Differential Equations(3)
EGN 5423 Mathematics for Communications Engineering(3)
EGN 5424 Engineering Applications of Complex Analysis(3)
EGN 5425 Matrix Theory(3)
EEL 6542 Random Processes(3)
PHC 6050 Bio-Statistics(3)

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

EEL-6426 RF/MW Circuits I and EEL-6427 RF/MW Circuits II
EEL-6486C EM Field Theory and EEL-6487 Adv. EM Field Theory or EEL-6481 Num. Techniques in Electromagnetics
EEL-5462 Antenna Theory and EEL-6463 Adv. Antenna Theory or EEL-6481 Num. Techniques in Electromagnetics
EEL-6935 Monolithic MW Circuits and EEL-6936 Adv. Monolithic MW Circuits
EEL-6534 Digital Communication Systems and EEL-6509 Satellite Comm. or EEL-6593 Mobile and Personal Com.
BME 6000 Intro to Biomedical Eng. and GM-7930 Anatomy for Bio Engineers or EEL-6936 Bio Image Processing
EEL-6935 Bioelectricity and EEE-6273 Chemical and Bio Sensor Microsystems
EEL-6502 DSP-I and EEL-6752 DSP-II or EEL-6586 Speech Signal Processing
EEL-6597 Wireless Network Architecture and Protocols and EEL-6936 Adv. Topics in Wireless Comm.
EEE-5344 Digital CMOS VLSI Design and EEE-6936 VHDL or EEE-6936 Low Power VLSI Design
EEE-5382 Physical Basis of Microelectronics and EEE-6353 Semiconductor Device Theory I
EEE-6353 Semi-Conductor Device Theory I and EEE-6358 Semi-Conductor Device Theory II
EEE 5356 Integrated Circuit Technology and EEE-6936 Adv. Integrated Circuit Technology
EEE-6355 Compound Semiconductor Technology and EEE-6318 Characterization of Semiconductors
EEL-5631 Digital Control Systems and EEL-6613 Modern Control Theory
EEE-6936 VHDL and EEL-6936 Rapid System Prototyping
EEL-5250 Electric Power Systems I and EEL-6935 Electric Power Systems II
EEL-6935 Industrial Power Distribution I and EEL-6936 Industrial Power Distribution II
EEL-5935 Utility Power Distribution I and EEL-6935 Utility Power Distribution II
EEL-6935 Electric Machines and Drives and EEL-6936 Power Electronics
EEL-6425 Intro to Nanotechnology and EEL-6936 Nanotechnology II
EEL-6935 Micro Electro Mechanical Systems I and EEL-6936 Micro Electro Mechanical Systems II
*Other sequence must be approved by the Graduate Director

Electives:
Minimum elective hours:
Thesis 6 hours
Coursework only 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 5000 and 6000 level coursework. Special selections must be approved by the Coordinator.

Comprehensive Exam
The University requires all Masters 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:
Students 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 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.

Thesis 6 hours
EEL 6971 Thesis (6)


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate 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 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, ,