The EECE department offers two options for earning a Master's degree, a Thesis Option (Plan A) and Non-Thesis Option (Plan B).
Master's Program Planning Form
By the end of the first semester of full-time studies, Master's Thesis Option students must select and meet with their academic advisor and together complete a Master's Program Planning Form, including indentifying whether they wish to pursue the Thesis or Non-Thesis Option, with a proposed set of courses for their program of study. This program of study must be approved by the advisor and the EECE Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), as well as the Graduate School.
The student, advisor, and DGS will work together to ensure that the program conforms to departmental and Graduate School requirements and that the program has appropriate breadth and depth. Changes between Thesis and Course options may be requested using the Masterís Program Change of Plan.
Thesis Option (Plan A) - Thirty semester hours are required, 24 coursework hours plus 6 hours of EECE 6999 Master's Thesis. At least 18 of the 24 coursework hours must be taken in EECE. At least one half of the minimum total course program (i.e., 12 hours exclusive of thesis) and of the EECE course program (i.e. 9 hours exclusive of thesis, but including the required courses EECE 6010 and EECE 6020) must be taken at the strictly graduate level (6000 or 8000 level). The remaining courses must be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor from among those that are eligible for graduate credit. Courses must form a cohesive overall plan of study as determined mutually by each student and his or her advisor.
With prior approval, a maximum of eight semester hours of course work from other institutions or other programs may be transferred into a student's master's program. A course will be considered for transfer credit only if the grade is a B or better and the course is acceptable for graduate credit at the institution at which it was taken. For more information on credit transfers, please visit the Graduate School's website.
By the beginning of the second semester, each Plan A master's degree student must submit an outline of a proposed thesis for approval. As part of this process, a master's committee - which consists of no fewer than three faculty members (including the adviser as director) - is established for the purpose of evaluating the thesis and conducting the comprehensive examination. After the outline is approved, the student should register for six hours of thesis credit.
An acceptable master's degree thesis must meet each of the following three conditions:
For more information on thesis requirements, including information on defending a thesis, please consult our Graduate Student Handbook.
Non-Thesis Option (Plan B) - Thirty (30) semester hours, at least 21 of which must be in EECE, are required. At least 18 credits of the total program coursework and at least 12 credits of the EECE coursework (including EECE 6010 and 6020) must be taken at the strictly graduate level (6000 or 8000 level). The remaining courses must be selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor from among those that are eligible for graduate credit. In addition, as noted in Section III.E, independent study and research seminar credits are not permitted in this program option. Courses must form a cohesive overall plan of study as determined mutually by each student and his or her advisor.
The regulations for credit transfer are the same as described above in Plan A, except that - with approval - up to 9 semester hours may be transferred.
Comprehensive Exam - Students in the Master's Non-Thesis Option program must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The exam covers material from the two required core courses EECE6010 and EECE6020, plus one additional area identified by students and their advisor. The comprehensive exam is administered simultaneously with the Ph.D. Written Qualifying Exam, and is offered twice a year in January and August. Students may take the comprehensive exam at the first available exam offering after completing the necessary courses in their area of study. A full description of the exam content and relevant rules and procedures are detailed in the Rules and Procedures for the EECE Master's Non-Thesis Option Comprehensive Examination document, available from the department office and webpage.
For complete course descriptions, please refer to the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin.faculty page to view information on our research faculty, affiliated faculty, adjunct faculty and emeritus faculty.
Applicants seeking admission to the Electrical and Computer Engineering master's program should follow the procedures and guidelines described in the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin. Admission decisions are based on a variety of criteria, each of which is intended to measure the applicant's ability to succeed in the program. No application can be evaluated until all of the required official documents have been received.
An applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and applicants must have - as a minimum - a B average in their total post-secondary school education. In addition, the applicant must submit the following items to the Marquette Graduate School:
Five major categories of financial aid are available to degree-status graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students admitted on probation are not eligible for financial aid, but may be considered once probation has been removed. The term of financial aid is normally an academic year (10 months), but in some instances may be one semester (5 months) or one year (12 months). Only very limited amounts of financial aid are available during the summer.
Scholarships - Tuition scholarships are available on a very limited basis through the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. These cover tuition only and range from 1 to 12 credit hours per semester. No service is required of the student in return for a scholarship.
Fellowships - Fellowships typically provide a stipend and, in some instances, tuition remission. No service is required of the student. Fellowships and traineeships may also be available from individual faculty members having external grants. Students are also urged to seek fellowship assistance available from various outside agencies, foundations, and other organizations.
Teaching Assistantships - Teaching assistantships typically provide students with a stipend and nine (9) credit hours or tuition remission per semester. In return, the students are expected to perform satisfactorily 20 hours of teaching-related assignments per week. Students with teaching assistantships are normally limited to a 10 credit-hour load per semester.
Research Assistantships - Research assistantships typically provide students with a stipend and nine (9) credit hours of tuition remission per semester. In return, the students are expected to satisfactorily perform 20 hours of research-related assignments per week. Students with research assistantships are normally limited to a nine-credit-hour load per semester. Research assistantships may also be available from individual faculty members having external research grants and contracts (stipend levels and tuition remission will vary with the funding agency).
Loans - Limited loan assistance is available to assist qualified students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the university. Students are eligible for student loans if they are attending the university at least half time and are in good academic standing. No applicant will be considered for loan assistance until he/she has been formally admitted to the Graduate School.
Students seeking financial aid other than loans are required to submit an application for financial aid to the Graduate School no later than February 15 of the academic year prior to the one for which aid is being sought (November 15 for the spring semester and April 15 for summer sessions). See the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin for additional details.
For even more information on financial aid opportunities, visit Marquette Central.
Students can enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can finish up their masterís studies in two years (with thesis). Completion time for part-time students will vary with their schedules, but it can normally be accomplished in as little as three years (non-thesis).
Applications are evaluated as soon as the candidate's admission file is complete. Applicants are informed of the Admission Committee's decision shortly thereafter. Those admitted to the program may begin their studies at the start of any semester during the year.
Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of their intended start date. Applications received less than six (6) weeks before the start of a semester might not be reviewed in time for enrollment that semester.
To apply online for admission into the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program, go to the Marquette University Graduate Schoolís online application.
For more information on graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies: Fabien Josse, Ph.D.