Overview of Master's Programs

Master's Programs

The ECE department offers master's degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, and Computer Forensics. Department faculty are committed to excellence in research and teaching. Six senior faculty members are fellows of the IEEE and other technical societies, and many faculty have research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and other granting agencies. Master's students can pursue coursework and research in a number of different areas, including communications, digital systems design, computer networks, microprocessor and embedded systems, signal and image processing, control systems, microelectronics, and nanoelectronics. The courses in the ECE graduate programs are offered during the evening or late afternoon hours to enable students who are employed full time to enroll in the programs. For those who enter the programs on a full-time basis, financial aid may be available in various forms, such as teaching assistantships and research assistantships.

Master's degrees require 30 hours of coursework. Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option. A detailed description of the degree requirements for each of the three master's programs may be found in the GMU catalog. The following pages provide a summary of the requirements for each program:

In addition to the MS degree programs, the department also offers certificate programs for students who wish to advance or update their knowledge in selected areas. Each certificate requires 15 hours of coursework. See the  Certificates page  for more details.

Admissions to the ECE graduate program are competitive. Additional information on admissions requirements can be found on the  Admissions page  and in the  GMU catalog .