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Graduate Degree Programs

Electrical Engineering (E E)

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KULTEGIN AYDIN, Head
129 Electrical Engineering East
814-863-2788
grad_info_ee@engr.psu.edu

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S.

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

The Program

The general areas of graduate research in Electrical Engineering are electromagnetics and optics; electronics and photonics; communications, computers, networking, and signal processing; and control and power systems. Specializations available within these areas include microwaves, antennas, and propagation; electro-optics and nonlinear optics; remote sensing and space systems; materials and devices; circuits and networks; VLSI; communications; networking; signal and image processing; computer vision and pattern recognition; control systems; and power systems.

For information about areas of specialization, laboratory and research facilities, fellowships, assistantships, and other sources of financial assistance, write directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Electrical Engineering, 121 Electrical Engineering East, University Park, PA 16802-2705, or review the Web pages at www.ee.psu.edu.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants are required to submit scores from the GRE General Test, three letters of reference, and a personal statement of relevant experience and goals, a resume, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and a supplemental application.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

The Master of Science requirements include the general requirements of the Graduate School as listed under Master's Degree Requirements in the Graduate Bulletin.

Specific course requirements: (1) Thesis option--a total of 32 credits (at least 18 at the 500-and 600-level combined) including: 24 credits in course work, with at least 12 credits in courses with the E E designation; 2 colloquium credits (E E 500); 6 thesis credits (E E 600 or 610); and a thesis accepted by the advisers and/or committee members, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School; (2) Paper option--a total of 32 credits (at least 18 at the 500-level) including: 27 credits in course work, with at least 14 credits in courses with the E E designation; 2 colloquium credits (E E 500); 3 paper credits (E E 594); and a satisfactory scholarly paper.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy requirements include the general requirements of the Graduate School as listed under Doctoral Degree Requirements in the Graduate Bulletin.

Specific requirements: The communication requirement is met by adequacy in both spoken and written English. This is accomplished through testing and remedial course requirements. All doctoral students must pass a candidacy examination, a comprehensive examination, and a final oral examination. To earn the Ph.D. degree, doctoral students must also write a dissertation that is accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School. The candidacy examination consists of both written and oral parts; the oral comprehensive examination is preceded by the writing of a dissertation proposal. The program requires a minimum of 39 course credits and 2 colloquium credits (E E 500) beyond the B.S. degree.

Student Aid

In addition to the fellowships, traineeships, graduate assistantships, and other forms of financial aid described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin, the following awards typically have been available to graduate students in this program:

PAUL F. ANDERSON GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
MELVIN P. BLOOM MEMORIAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
LUTHER B. AND PATRICIA A. BROWN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
JOSEPH R. AND JANICE M. MONKOWSKI GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
JAMES R. AND BARBARA R. PALMER FELLOWSHIP
PONTANO FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
SOCIETY OF PENN STATE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS (SPSEE) GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
FRED C. AND M. JOAN THOMPSON GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
BESS L. AND MYLAN R. WATKINS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (E E) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-000

Review Date: 04/5/2016

Faculty linked: 6/9/14

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