Degree Requirements

The road to graduation may seem long, but we’re here to help you find the best route toward your degree. Continue reading to see important information about the Graduate program's requirements.

 

Requirements

To meet the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree requirements, you must:

  • Complete 33 semester units with a Cumulative Major GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • Have an overall SJSU GPA of 3.0 or better.

Students can complete the MSEE program with either the Project or Thesis option:

 

Required Courses

Courses Units
Two Core courses (Choose between EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250) 6
One GWAR course (EE 295 or ENGR 200W) 3
Three courses in one Area of Specialization 9
Three Elective courses in one or more of the other Areas of Specialization
9
MS Project (EE 297A & EE 297B)
OR
Thesis (EE 299A & EE 299B)
6
   
Total Units 33

Note: To see what Area of Specialization each of our courses belongs to, visit our Graduate Syllabi page.

 

With approval from a Project/Thesis Advisor:

  • You can change from project to thesis option by taking EE 297A and EE 299B, OR
  • You can change from thesis to project option by taking EE 299A and EE 297B

 

In exceptional cases, with pre-approval from the Graduate Coordinator:

  • Up to three units of undergraduate upper-division courses taken in the EE Department at SJSU may be approved as electives, OR
  • Up to three units of graduate-level courses taken at SJSU but outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be approved as electives, OR
  • Up to six units of graduate-level Open University courses taken in the EE Department at SJSU (or transferred from another university before your admission to MSEE program at SJSU) may be approved as electives.

 

Culminating Experiences

EE 297B (MSEE Project) and EE 299B (Master’s Thesis) are the culminating experiences of the MSEE program. You may take one of these classes after completing at least 12 units.

Before enrolling in EE 297A or EE 299A, you must have filed the “Candidacy Form” and satisfied the CSU competency in written English requirement. To register for EE 297A or EE 299A, you must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the EE department for approval.

 

To find the registration forms for EE 297A and EE 297B, visit the Graduate Forms page.


 

Areas of Specialization

  • Communications, Signal Processing, and Remote Sensing
  • Network, Network Security, Mobile Network, and loT
  • Microprocessors, Computer, Embedded Systems, and Digital Systems
  • Device Physics, Micro Electronics, and Nano Electronics
  • Analog Electronics and Integrated Circuits
  • Power Electronics and Energy Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
  • Control, Robotic, and Autonomous Systems
  • Quantum Information and Computing

A student can have a specialization by taking at least three courses in one area. You can take electives from your area of specialization or other areas.


 

Practical Training for MSEE Students

We encourage you to gain real-world electrical engineering experience by doing internships. International students must enroll in EE 298I, our department's Internship course, to have an internship.

 

Note: EE 298I units do not count towards the number of units required to earn an MSEE degree.