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 PhD degree, students who only have a B.S. degree must complete 42 hours of course work. Students who have a M.S. degree from an accredited institution must complete 18 hours of course work. Students who have a M.S. degree from a non-accredited institution must complete 24 hours of course work.
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:
PhD students must also take a course in technical writing such as WRD 204.