Electrical and Computer Engineering

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. —Isaac Asimov

Electrical Engineering—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • Department research is funded by multiple agencies and corporations, including the National Science Foundation, the US Army and Air Force, Intelligent Automation, SINTEF Energy Research, Xcel Energy, Eaton, the Michigan Department of Transportation, International Transmission, American Electric Power, Consumers Energy, and more.
  • Several faculty hold editorial positions with major journals, including IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, the Journal of the Optical Society of America, Applied Optics,the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, and the Journal of Electric Power Components and Systems.
  • Members of our faculty have been named Fellows in the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Learn more about the Electrical Engineering programs.

Graduate Programs in Electrical Engineering

Michigan Tech offers program concentrations in energy systems, information systems, and solid-state electronics.

Energy systems emphasize power systems, with renewable energy and power electronics as other major areas of interest. Examples include protection, operation, and control of power systems; theory and use of commercial packages for fault, power flow, and transient studies; and power-system components— including transformers, rotating machines, and circuit breakers.

Information systems research is concerned with the transmission, measurement, processing, analysis, and interpretation of information-bearing signals. Areas include signal processing, image processing, computer communications, and wireless and digital communications.

Solid-state electronics research spans electromagnetic wave interactions with materials, micro- and nanoscale electronic materials and devices, and the quantum behavior of solids. This research thrust explores applications coupling electromagnetic behavior, photonics, electronics, VLSI design, quantum electronic physics, and sensing devices that interact with the external world in complex, integrated microsystems.

Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also offers degree programs in computer engineering.

Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements 
MS–PhD (minimum)30 credits
BS–PhD (minimum)60 credits

 

Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.