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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.

(30 UNITS)

The Electrical Engineering program provides students with knowledge of basic and advanced topics in the areas of design and analysis of Electrical and Electronic systems such as VLSI and electronic circuits, microprocessor and embedded systems, communications and signal processing, robotics and control systems. Through this program, students develop an ability to apply design and analysis knowledge to the practice of electrical engineering in an effective and professional manner. This knowledge can be applied to various engineering practices in aerospace, computer, electrical, electronics and other applied fields. The Master of Science program in Electrical Engineering is intended to provide advanced knowledge and competency in the theory and practice of electrical engineering. The program prepares students to pursue a wide range of professional engineering activities in related areas.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the CSUF requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, to qualify for admission with conditionally classified standing, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

Applicants graduated with an undergraduate degree in engineering or computer science:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for applicants graduated from domestic (U.S.) institutions.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for applicants graduated from ABET-accredited international institutions.
  • Pre-requisite courses: BSEE upper-division core courses such as EE 309, EE 310, EE 323, and EE 409 or their equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better.

Applicants graduated with an undergraduate degree other than engineering or computer science:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for applicants graduated from domestic (U.S.) institutions.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for applicants with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited international institutions.
  • Prerequisite courses: BSEE core courses such as EE 203, EE 245, EE 303, EE 308, EE 309, EE 310, EE 323, and EE 409, or their equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • Appropriate prerequisites must be completed prior to taking any graduate-level courses.

Students with GPA lower than 3.0, or degrees from non-ABET accredited universities or undergraduate majors other than Electrical Engineering may be considered for conditional admission with appropriate prerequisite courses assigned. However, prerequisites must be made up prior to advancing to classified standing and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B).

Each applicant file will be reviewed by the department’s graduate adviser. Upon admission, the applicant is required to make an appointment with the department’s graduate advisor who will assign a faculty adviser based on the student’s areas of interest and career objectives.

Classified Standing

A student who meets the above requirements for admission to conditionally classified standing may be granted classified standing contingent upon:

  • Completing all required prerequisite courses with a 3.0 (B) GPA or better.
  • Fulfilling the university writing requirement. 

Degree Requirements

Students requesting Graduate Project (EGEE 597), Thesis (EGEE 598) or Independent Study (EGEE 599) must complete a study application form and submit it for approval to the supervising faculty member and department chair prior to the semester in which the coursework is to begin.

A minimum of 15 units must be at the 500-level. 


If one of the above courses has been completed, EGEC 518  will satisfy the requirement

Required (9-15 units)

Select from the areas below. Other courses may be chosen with departmental graduate adviser approval.

Electives (9 units)

Courses taken to satisfy the required courses wil not count toward the electives. Other courses may be chosen with department graduate adviser approval.

Culminating Experience (0-6 units)

Subject to approval by the faculty adviser, students may select one of the following options for final review by the department graduate committee:


* Includes a final oral comprehensive examination on coursework.

** Must complete 6 units.

† Satisfactory completion of written comprehensive exam.

Total (30 units)