M.S. Program

Master of Science–Thesis Option (PLAN I): 30 Credit Hours

  • A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework is required. Constraints on these 24 hours shall include:
    • A minimum of 12 hours of closely related Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) designated courses in the student’s area of concentration, as defined by the advisory committee.
    • A minimum of 9 hours of courses in an elective area approved by the advisory committee.
    • A minimum of 3 hours of Mathematics (MATH or GES) or Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology) courses at the 500 level or above.
    • No more than 6 hours may be from courses at the 400 level.  In order to receive degree credit, 400-level courses require written application and approval by the Graduate School prior to the semester in which any 400-level course is to be takentaken.
  • A minimum of 6 hours of thesis research (ECE 599) is required.
  • A student’s curriculum and thesis must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student must pass a final comprehensive examination, which is typically a presentation and defense of the thesis. In addition, the student must satisfy all University requirements defined in the current edition of The University of Alabama Graduate Catalog.

Master of Science–Non-Thesis Option (PLAN II): 30 Credit Hours

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework is required. Constraints on these 30 hours shall include:
    • A minimum of 15 hours of closely related Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) designated courses in the student’s area of concentration, as defined by the advisory committee.
    • A minimum of 12 hours of courses in an elective area approved by the advisory committee.
    • A minimum of 3 hours of Mathematics (MATH or GES) or Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology) courses at the 500 level or above.
    • No more than six (6) hours may be courses at the 400 level.  In order to receive degree credit, 400-level courses require written application and approval by the Graduate School prior to the semester in which any 400-level course is to be taken taken.
  • A student’s curriculum must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The graduate advisory committee must also approve the submission of a manuscript, authored or co-authored by the candidate, to a refereed journal or conference proceeding. This publication submission shall constitute The University of Alabama Graduate School culminating experience requirement for an MS Plan II degree in electrical and computer engineering.