MS in ECE Program

MS in ECE Program

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The ECE department at Rowan University offers two different Master of Science tracks, both leading to the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. The program of study in both tracks consists of 30 credits and is available with the following options. For available courses and their descriptions, please see Graduate Course Descriptions.


Track 1 - Research Track


This track is designed for those who are interested in developing an expertise within a specific area of focus within Electrical and Computer Engineering. To develop such an expertise, students in Research Track perform a rigorous research, supervised by an advising professor, on a specific topic of interest to solve a previously unsolved problem. The outcome of this research culminates in an MS thesis. Students who would like to excel in one of the areas of electrical and computer engineering, or those who are considering pursuing a Ph.D., typically choose this track. Students who are accepted into this track are often eligible for research assistantships or teaching fellowships that can reduce or eliminate the out-of-pocket cost of the graduate education. See Financial Assistance page for details.

 

MS in ECE Track 1 – Research (Thesis) Track Curriculum

  • One approved graduate-level business course: 3 Credits
  • One approved graduate-level math-intensive course: 3 Credits
    • Several ECE graduate level courses have math intensive content that is suitable to satisfy this requirement. An approved graduate level course from the Mathematics Department can also be taken.
  • Five approved ECE Graduate Electives: 15 Credits
    • At least one of the electives must include significant use of computing or programming. While several ECE courses do satisfy this requirement, an approved graduate-level computer science class may also be taken, if a suitable class of interest is offered by the CS Department.
  • Thesis Research: 9 Credits
TOTAL: 30 Credits

 

Timeline for Program of Study in the Research Track

There are two common timelines followed by students in the Research Track.

Start in Summer 

This is the preferred timeline for students who receive their BS in ECE at Rowan and continue for the MS program as it provides a seamless transition. However, summer start is available to all students. Some summer classes (typically business and some math classes) start as early as mid / late May, whereas others start in late June.

Summer

  • Math Course
  • Business Course
  • Identify advisor, research topic
  • Identify advising committee members
Fall
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • MS Thesis (3 credits)
  • Start research
Spring
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • MS Thesis (3 credits)
  • Continue research
Summer
  • MS Thesis (3 credits)
  • Complete research
  • Write thesis
  • Defend thesis

 

Start in Fall

This is the timeline typically followed by students who join Rowan ECE after completing their BS degree elsewhere.

Fall

  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • Identify advisor, research topic
  • Identify advising committee members
Spring
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • ECE graduate-level elective
  • MS Thesis (3 credits)
  • Start research

Summer

  • Math Course
  • Business Course
  • MS thesis (3 credits) - continue research
Fall
  • MS Thesis (3 credits)
  • Complete research
  • Write thesis
  • Defend thesis

Starting in Spring semester, while rare, is also possible. In this case, the program of study can be suitably.


Track 2 - Professional Track


This track is designed for those who are not interested in research or writing a thesis, but rather interested in expanding their breadth and depth of ECE knowledge by taking a larger number of courses in a wide spectrum of electrical and/or computer engineering fields. Students in this track do not work on a thesis, and instead take 30 credits of courses, typically 10 graduate level courses. While this is a course-only track, students who wish to obtain some research experience may choose to work on a smaller-scale project that can be counted for 3 credits (or one class).

MS in ECE Track 2 – Course-only Track Curriculum

  • One approved graduate-level business course: 3 Credits
  • One approved graduate-level math-intensive course: 3 Credits
    • Several ECE graduate level courses have math intensive content that is suitable to satisfy this requirement. An approved graduate level course from the Mathematics Department can also be taken.
  • Eight approved ECE Graduate Electives: 24 Credits
    • At least one of the electives must include significant use of computing or programming. While several ECE courses do satisfy this requirement, an approved graduate-level computer science class may also be taken, if a suitable class of interest is offered by the CS Department.
    • An independent mini research project can be used to replace one of the 8 electives.
TOTAL: 30 Credits

Timeline for Program of Study in the Professional Track

Professional track is intended to be more flexible and also accommodate working professionals who may be completing this program on a part-time basis. Since there are no thesis-requirements, the program may be completed on a more expedited or relaxed basis depending on the specific goals and objectives of the students. Part-time students in the professional track may take as few as one course a semester, whereas full-time students can take as many four classes per semester and complete the program in three semesters.