Curriculum

The course requirements described below have been substantially revised from the previous requirements. The changes are effective Fall 2014 for both new students and students entering before Fall 2014. However, students who entered before Fall 2014 have the option to follow the curriculum described on the School of Engineering bulletin at the time of their matriculation.

To obtain the MS in Electrical Engineering degree, students must complete a total of 30 credits, with restrictions described below.

Core Courses

The core courses cover fundamental material and should be taken as early as possible. An advanced course subsequent to a core course may be taken in lieu of the core course, upon approval by the MSEE program advisor. All students must choose two out of the following four core courses:

EL 6113 Digital Signal Processing I, Credits: 3.00 (can be substituted by EL 7133 Digital Signal Processing II, Credits: 3.00)
EL 6253 Linear Systems, Credits: 3.00
EL 6303 Probability and Stochastic Processes, Credits: 3.00 (can be substituted by EL 6313 Stochastic Processes, Credits: 3.00)
EL 6713 Electromagnetic Theory and Applications, Credits: 3.00 (can be substituted by EL 6723 Electromagnetic Radiation and Antennas, Credits: 3.00 or EL 6753 Uhf Propagation For Wireless Systems, Credits: 3.00)

Concentration Areas

Students are recommended to select courses to focus on one or two concentration areas, to obtain sufficient depth in the choice areas. To provide flexibility for course selection based on the student’s interests, a student does not need to officially declare a concentration, and no specific number of credits is required for each chosen centration. For an up-to-date list of concentration areas and courses for each area, click here.

Thesis, project, reading: Students are encouraged to participate in research by registering for a master’s thesis (EL-GY997x, minimal 6 credits), an advanced project (EL-GY9953 or EL-GY9963, 3 credits each, EL-GY9941, 1.5 credits) or a reading course (EL-GY9933, 3 credits). Students must secure a faculty member’s commitment for advising such individual studies. Oral defense of the master’s thesis with at least three professors (at least 2 ECE professors) in attendance is required. For the project and reading courses, a project report and an oral presentation is required. The total credits for thesis, projects, readings, and internships (see below) should not exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits required for the MS degree.

Internships: Up to 3 credits of approved internships (CP9911, CP9921, 1.5 credit each) can be applied towards the 30 credits MS degree requirement. For an internship to be approved for credits, the internship job must provide industry and/or research experience relevant to the degree program.  All internship must be approved and supervised by an ECE faculty member. Students must secure a faculty member’s commitment for advising an internship. The student must submit a project report to the advisor upon completion of the internship for the evaluation of the internship course. The total credits for independent studies including MS thesis, projects, reading, and internship cannot exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits towards the MS degree.

Out-of-department courses and 5000-level EL courses: At least 24 credits should be EL-prefixed courses. A 3-credit course taken at other science or engineering departments of NYU that is closely related to electrical engineering may be used to substitute an EL course upon approval by the MSEE program advisor. The other 6 credits can be from any science, engineering or management departments. The total number of credits for 5000-level EL courses and non-EL courses cannot exceed 12 credits.

GPA requirements: An overall GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate courses taken at NYU is required. In addition, an average of 3.0 is required among the two core courses.