Master's Degrees

Current Student's Master's Degrees

Graduate students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering may pursue the designated master of science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.) degree. The academic requirements for this degree are summarized below.

REQUIREMENT

HOURS

COMMENTS
Group I: Graduate-level (6000) ECE Hours:

9

Three classes in one or two technical interest areas of the student's choosing. All hours for letter grade credit.
Group II: Additional ECE Graduate-level (6000) Hours:

9

At least six (6) hours must be outside the technical area(s) above. These six hours may not be cross-listed with the technical interest area(s) above. All hours for letter grade credit.
Group III

Six (6) hours of coursework may be outside of ECE--not required to be in same discipline.
Electives (may be outside ECE);

6

 
Total hours required:

30

 

Further requirements: Classes used toward the M.S. degree must have grades of "C" or higher. At least 21 hours must be at 6000 level or above; no more than 6 hours may be Special Problems; the electives may include up to 3 ECE seminar hours.

REQUIREMENT

HOURS

COMMENTS
Group I: Graduate-level (6000) ECE Hours:

6

Two classes in one or two technical interest areas of the student's choice. All hours for letter grade credit.
Group II: Additional ECE Graduate-level (6000) Hours:

6

All six hours must be under a technical interest area that is outside the technical area(s) above. Courses may not be cross-listed with the technical interest area(s) above. All hours for letter grade credit.
Group III

Six (6) hours of coursework may be outside of ECE--not required to be in same discipline.
Thesis Hours

12

 
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)    
Total hours required:

30 

 

Further requirements: **** New requirement starting Fall 2014 for all students who register for 7000 Thesis hours: Must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement. **** Classes used toward the M.S. degree must have grades of "C" or higher. At least 21 hours must be at the 6000 level or above, (including ECE 7000, M.S. Thesis Research hours). No hours may be Special Problems. M.S. thesis option students must present a "research review" to their advisor and reading committee members so that the "Request for Approval of the M.S. Thesis Topic" can be approved by the committee and submitted to the ECE Graduate Affairs Office for processing. There must be a minimum of 90 days between approval of the thesis topic form by the ECE Graduate Affairs Office and submission of the M.S. thesis to the reading committee for their approval. ECE does not require a defense of the M.S. thesis. However, the reading committee may require a defense. Details regarding the M.S. thesis option are available in PDF format

 

Both M.S. Options: The Institute permits up to 3 hours to be pass/fail (P/F) and up to 6 hours of transfer credit to be used toward a master's degree. ECE specifies that the 3 P/F hours must be ECE seminars (8001, 8002, 8003, and 6792). ECE 8022 (Professional Communication Skills) is also offered on a pass/fail basis and can be used. 

Students are required to complete all degree requirements within 6 consecutive years and maintain a 2.7 GPA.

**You must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the ECE program in order to be eligible for this degree.**

This program allows students to receive either the bachelor of science in electrical engineering or bachelor of science in computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering within a five-year time frame.

The Joint B.S./M.S. degree program affords undergraduate electrical or computer engineering majors the opportunity to broaden their studies and improve their career prospects. Interested students should apply as juniors during the term that they are completing ECE 3040 or ECE 3030 Microelectronic Circuits, but no later than drop day of the next term enrolled after completing ECE 3040 or ECE 3030.

In our highly technical and globally competitive society, an M.S. degree is frequently viewed as the "working degree" for many engineers. The M.S. degree is a valuable tool, which takes undergraduate studies to a deeper and broader level of understanding. Engineers who have completed the M.S. degree generally enter the work force with higher starting salaries and a wider range of career opportunities from which to choose. They also tend to be promoted sooner than those who have not completed graduate level degrees.

While earning the M.S. degree, students can choose to participate in programs such as Georgia Tech Lorraine and Georgia Tech Shenzhen to further enhance their graduate level experience and to broaden their education and their career opportunities. The elective hours and required minor classes taken in the M.S. program can also be a starting point for entry into M.B.A. and other non-engineering degree programs.

Benefits of enrollment into the Joint B.S./M.S. program include:

  • Application fee waived for B.S./M.S. applicants
  • GRE requirement waived
  • Qualified B.S./M.S. students may receive GRA/GTA appointments with a stipend and reduced tuition and fees upon matriculation into the graduate program
  • Early decision process eliminates uncertainty at graduation
  • Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may double count 6 hours of credit toward both the B.S. and the M.S. degree (classes must fulfill degree requirements)

Qualifications before applying to the program:

  • When the application for this program is submitted, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Depending on demand, the required minimum GPA may be higher.
  • For non-transfer students, the required GPA is based on a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at Georgia Tech.
  • For transfer students, the required GPA is based on a minimum of 12 hours of ECE coursework after entering Georgia Tech.
  • Students should apply during the term that they are enrolled in ECE 3030/3040, but no later than drop day of the next term enrolled after completing ECE 3030/3040.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA through completion of the undergraduate program. Furthermore, no single term GPA can fall below 3.0.

Start the application process by going to the graduate admissions website.

The ECE Graduate Affairs Office will make a decision regarding your acceptance when we have received all information necessary to complete the application file. Admission decisions will be made at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Applicants will be notified of our decision by letter. If an assistantship is offered, we will send a separate letter with all necessary information and materials. The ECE Graduate Affairs Office will track your progress through your B.S. program and provide you with new student information prior to entry into the graduate program.

Note that not being selected for this program does not preclude a student from applying to the graduate program in the standard fashion during their senior year.

After admission to the program, you are expected to:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and no single term GPA lower than 3.0.
  • Inform the ECE Graduate Affairs Office when you will be graduating with your B.S. degree.
  • Apply for an ECE assistantship when you submit your petition to graduate with your B.S. degree.
  • Review the ECE Graduate Handbook and the Graduate Program FAQs.
  • Attend the ECE B.S./M.S. graduate student advisement session. Date, time, and location of this session will be sent to students via email.
  • Familiarize yourself with the coursework requirements and options as outlined on the M.S. degree tab on this page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students admitted through the B.S./M.S. program who have more than one term with a GPA lower than 3.0 or do not have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA at the completion of their B.S. program will be required to take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide acceptable scores to the ECE Graduate Affairs Office. This requirement must be fulfilled during the first term of graduate study. These students should also expect that they will not be permitted to double count any undergraduate hours toward the M.S. degree requirements. Failure to comply with this policy student will result in a departmental academic warning.

B.S./M.S. students are welcome to pursue doctoral studies in ECE. Students are reclassified as "Ph.D." when they successfully pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination. This exam is offered in both fall and spring semesters. B.S./M.S. students may take the exam when they are classified as seniors or after they are reclassified as M.S. students.

There are differences between the coursework requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. can save time by choosing their M.S. classes with the Ph.D. requirements in mind.

For additional information, contact the ECE Graduate Affairs Office.

 

Georgia Tech offers M.S./M.S.E.C.E. degrees and a Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Systems Engineering through an online program administered through the Office of Professional Education.

Off-campus students may elect to take classes via video, Internet, or in a combination of the two formats, allowing them to study these materials at any time of day and at any place. Faculty members who teach these courses interact with students via telephone, fax, and email.

Students may pursue options in computer engineering, telecommunications/digital signal processing, and electrical energy/systems and controls. To learn more about this degree program, visit the Online Degree Information site.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering participates in the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program, which is housed in the College of Engineering. The program offers advanced courses in bioengineering, engineering specialties, and life sciences combined with research and development of new or improved physical and mathematical concepts and techniques, which may be applied to problems in medicine and biology.

The bioengineering program offers master's and doctoral degrees through participating schools in the College of Engineering and the College of Computing. Interested applicants with an electrical and/or computer engineering background apply for admission in the bioengineering program through ECE. Once admitted, students follow the bioengineering program degree requirements and curriculum.

Additional information on the bioengineering program, including how to apply and a comparison between the bioengineering program and traditional engineering programs, can be found on the Georgia Tech Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Program website.

 

Following are resources to assist with coursework, thesis, and graduation planning.

Select M.S. Thesis Advisor

M.S. Thesis Guidelines

Responsible Conduct in Research 

Deadlines

Thesis manual, Request for Approval of M.S. Thesis Topic, and Certificate of Master’s Thesis Approval forms can be all found on the Graduate Studies’ website.

M.S. students are required to submit both an Online Application for Graduation (OAG) and a program of study/paper degree petition. The program of study along with ECE's TIA form MUST be submitted to ECE's Academic Office by the deadline dates listed below:

  • Fall Graduation:
    • Apply for OAG: January 21 – August 21
    • Program of Study/Degree Petitions for M.S. students MUST be submitted to the academic office no later than August  19.
  • Spring Graduation:
    • September 1 – January 15
    • Program of Study/Degree Petition for M.S. students MUST be submitted to the academic office no later than January 15.
  • Summer Graduation:
    • Apply for OAG: January 21 – May 15

Program of Study/Degree Petition for M.S. students MUST be submitted to the academic office no later than May 15.

  1. Download and complete Program of Study from the Registrar's website (PDF)
    Note: This form must be printed in landscape (horizontally). In addition, the program of study/degree petition form must be typed, not handwritten.
  2. Complete ECE-specific graduation form:
  3. Students who have completed all degree requirements prior to the graduation term (including distance learning students) and wish to use the enrollment waiver in the graduation term should complete and submit the enrollment waiver request form.
  4. Exit Survey - Students will be contacted by the Office of Assessment prior to graduation to complete the on-line survey.

Last revised March 4, 2016