The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers advanced studies leading to either a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has active research programs in the following areas: power electronics, power systems, electromechanics, computer engineering, control systems, electromagnetics, electro-optics, micro and nano-electronics, signal processing, communication systems, and controls. Departmental laboratories are well-equipped for students’ research. In addition, the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky provides additional research opportunities.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 on all undergraduate work is required for admission to the graduate program. A minimum GRE general test scores of 301 (combination of Verbal and Quantitative sections) and analytical writing of at least 2.5 for the M.S. degree. The corresponding minimum GRE scores for Ph.D. Degree are 310 (V+Q) and 3.0 (Writing). Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission will be granted. Acceptance is based upon a competitive evaluation and on a space availability basis. An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering is preferred. Those applicants without a B.S.E.E. degree from an ABET accredited EE program should develop competence and demonstrate ability in the fundamentals of electrical engineering. Such students, before being admitted to full graduate standing within the department, must take (or have taken an equivalent of ) a set of prescribed electrical engineering remedial courses. A minimum grade of C must be made in these courses.
For the M.S.E.E. degree, both the thesis and non-thesis options are available. The thesis option requires 30 hours of acceptable graduate level work to include, if desired, no more than 6 credit hours of ECO 768 , plus the satisfying of the usual requirements for the thesis. The non-thesis option, Plan B, requires 30 hours of acceptable graduate work plus an additional three hours of EE 784 (Research Project in Electrical Engineering). All students in their first semester of regular graduate work must select an academic advisor who will assist the student in formulating a graduate plan of study leading to their particular degree. This plan, which must receive the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, must contain specific courses and a proposed thesis area or specialized project topic.
In order to assure a minimum breadth and level of understanding at the graduate level, all EE graduate students must take three of six specified courses from the major areas of electrical engineering. These courses are: