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Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 
Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering M.S.

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This program is designed to prepare students for research-oriented careers and eventual pursuit of a doctoral degree. A 6-credit thesis or project is usually required, but it may be waived for students who can submit a document of previous individual work that demonstrates equivalency in depth and presentation. Waivers are granted by the director of master’s programs and must be replaced with 6 credit hours of course work.

The M.S. Plans of Study in electrical engineering and computer and systems engineering must consist of at least 18 credit hours of 6000-level courses and the thesis/project. At least 21 credit hours of ECSE courses must be taken, or up to six of these may be from a related technical area with the approval of the department. Programs that do not include 21 credit hours from ECSE must have prior approval from the director of master’s programs. Students who do not have adequate preparation for their chosen area of specialization may need to take background courses in addition to the 30-credit-hour requirement. An information sheet giving the requirements for several areas of specialization is available for all accepted students.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced proficiency in an area within ECSE.
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • demonstrate preparedness for professional careers and/or further graduate studies.
  • demonstrate proficiency in research techniques (theoretical, computational and/or experimental).

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