Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Applications are processed on a rolling basis up through the deadline.
ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from
college/university faculty members who are familiar with the applicant's
academic competence. Applicants employed in an engineering profession should
request a letter of reference from their immediate supervisor.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Students not adequately prepared for advanced courses may be required to take
a number of prerequisites. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
identify the needed coursework on a case-by-case basis.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A bachelor's degree in electrical or computer engineering or the equivalent
from an accredited institution is required for admission. Also considered are a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology, mathematics, the
physical sciences, and other branches of engineering. Applicants without an
engineering degree may require certain prerequisites.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include the applicant's research and future
career goals; academic and research achievements; professional experience, if
any; and reason for interest in Temple's program. It should be approximately 1-2
pages in length.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. Applicants with GRE scores below 450 verbal, 650
quantitative, and 4.5 analytical may not be admitted.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213
computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
A resume is required.
Graduate credits taken at an accredited institution may be transferred into
the M.S.E.E. program. In order to transfer, the courses must be equivalent to
courses offered at Temple in the student's area of study and research, and the
grades must be "B" or better. The admissions committee makes recommendations for
the transfer of credit. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is
Applicants with two or more years of employment in an engineering profession
performing engineering design and analysis may request a waiver of the GRE.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 24 -
Students choose between two options. The thesis option requires 24 s.h. of
coursework and 6 s.h. of master’s thesis (EE 9996: Thesis). The non-thesis
option requires 27 s.h. of coursework, plus an independent research project (EE
9995: Project) or, with permission of the department, another 3 s.h. course.
EE 5514: Digital Signal
EE 5622: Introduction to
ENGR 5022: Engineering Analysis
ENGR 5033: Probability and Random Processes
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Students completing the thesis option need to
complete a master's thesis, a document detailing independent research that
demonstrates the student's mastery of his/her primary area of interest. The
thesis research is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic
advisor. The specific topic for research should be of current interest in the
professional community. After a research topic is selected, the student performs
preliminary research. A thesis proposal is then submitted describing the initial
results and a plan for further research toward completion of the proposed
research. The thesis proposal is then presented at an open seminar to the
Thesis Committee, which evaluates its technical merit and research methodology.
The student may continue the research only after the proposal is approved by the
The final draft of the thesis should be submitted at least two weeks before
the anticipated date of the thesis defense. The student's academic advisor, in
consultation with members of the Thesis Committee, sets a date and time for the
thesis defense. The department secretary arranges a room for the defense and
posts flyers announcing the defense. In addition, the student must post the
thesis defense flyer on the graduate student listserv for the department.
The Thesis Committee, a group of faculty members and possibly engineers
engaged in research in high-tech industries, is responsible for evaluating the
thesis and its defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for
public scrutiny. The committee evaluates the primary findings of the research
and their implications, technical methodology, and the student's ability to
verbally present the research results. The committee votes pass/fail on the
thesis and defense at the conclusion of the public presentation. If the student
must make revisions, those changes must be completed within one month from the
date of public presentation; failure to do so requires a new thesis defense.
Students in the non-thesis option may be required to
complete an independent research project and submit a report toward the
requirements of EE 9995: Project. The goal of the research project is to
evaluate the student's ability to perform independent research in analysis and
design for an engineering application. The topic for research is selected after
discussion with the student's academic advisor. The scope of research is
carefully outlined so as to allow the student to complete the research in one
semester. After completing the course, the student submits a final report
detailing the findings of the research and presents it at an open seminar. The
report is evaluated by two members of the faculty, including the student's
academic advisor. With permission of the department, students may also elect
another course in place of EE 9995.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Electrical and Computer
College of Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
About the Program
The Electrical Engineering curriculum offers students practice-oriented
graduate-level education in electrical and computer engineering. The program
offers concentrations in Computer Architectures and Microelectronics, Digital
Signal Processing and Digital Data Communication, and Intelligent Systems and
Control. Current active research projects in the department include embedded
systems and system-on-chip design, intelligent interactive tutoring systems,
speech processing, speaker identification, multisensor fusion, intrusion
detection, and visualization and fault detection in multicasting networks. Other
active areas of research include intelligent multimedia systems, human-computer
interaction, digital signal processing, robust and optimal control, wireless
data networks, and heat dissipation problems in microchips.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years
Main, Fort Washington
Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered
after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a
part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
The program encourages interdisciplinary research with other branches of
engineering as well as with various departments in the sciences and applied
mathematics. Recent collaborative work with the Department of Computer and
Information Sciences includes visualization and fault detection in multicasting
networks and image processing.
Areas of Specialization:
Three areas of specialization are available: Computer Architectures and
Microelectronics, Digital Signal Processing and Digital Data Communication, and
Intelligent Systems and Control. The course sequence in Computer Architectures
and Microelectronics provides students with advanced knowledge in current
practices of computer design, development, software-level testing, hardware
realization and integrated circuit layout, and MOS integrated circuit design for
high-speed digital computation and data communication. The research
concentration in Digital Signal Processing and Digital Data Communication
includes filtering and modulation; detection of multidimensional signals in the
presence of noise; voice signal processing; speaker identification; multisensor
data fusion; array signal processing; performance evaluation of local area and
wireless networks, broadband networks, and protocols; detection of faults in
communication networks; and intrusion detection, visualization, and security of
multicast networks. Research in Intelligent Systems and Control includes
interactive multimedia, intelligent tutoring systems, robust and optimal
control, and neuro-fuzzy control.
Graduates with the M.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering are employed in
high-tech industries and government laboratories with responsibilities for
design, analysis, and applications of electrical engineering principles.
Students who complete an M.S.E.E. with a thesis are prepared to enter a doctoral
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 s.h. of graduate-level courses. If
accepted into the M.S.E.E. program, the student may apply those courses with a
grade of "B" or better toward the degree requirements. For admission to the
program, students must fulfill the general admission criteria for graduate
admission. Students who complete 9 s.h. courses in academic good standing may
request a waiver of the GRE, which is usually required for admission to the
The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty in
classroom and laboratory instruction, preparing apparatus or material for
laboratory demonstration, conducting tutorials and discussion sections, and
grading homework. TAs are expected to devote 20 hours per week to these or
similar teaching-related activities. Research Assistants are expected to devote
20 hours per week to research obligations. RAs are assigned to a faculty member
or principal investigator who is working on a specific research project. The
appropriate subjects for research are determined by consultation between the
student and the student's research and academic advisors. Both Teaching and
Research Assistantships carry a stipend and tuition support for up to 9 credits
per semester. All applicants for full-time admission are considered for support
based on academic credentials, GRE scores, and professional experience.
Applications should include a statement of research and teaching experience,
areas of interest and future goals, and a curriculum vitae.