Electrical Engineering (Engineering)

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Applicants are required to submit:

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies.

  1. Thesis option--a total of 32 credits (at least 18 at the 500-and 600-level combined) including:
    1. 24 credits in course work, with at least 12 credits in courses with the EE designation;
    2. 2 colloquium credits (EE 500);
    3. 6 thesis credits (EE 600 or EE 610);
    4. 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:
    1. 27 credits in course work, with at least 14 credits in courses with the EE designation;
    2. 2 colloquium credits (EE 500);
    3. 3 paper credits (EE 594);
    4. and a satisfactory scholarly paper.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies.

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 qualifying 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 Ph.D. committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School. The qualifying 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 (EE 500) beyond the B.S. degree.

Dual-Titles

Dual-title Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Operations Research

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in GCAC-208 Dual-Title Graduate Degree Programs.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program in Electrical Engineering and The Graduate School before they can apply for admission to the dual-title degree program. After admission to their primary program, students must apply for admission to and meet the admissions requirements of the Operations Research dual-title program. Refer to the Admission Requirements section of the Operations Research Bulletin page. Doctoral students must be admitted into the dual-title degree program in Operations Research prior to taking the qualifying examination in their primary graduate program.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the dual-title degree, students must satisfy the degree requirements for the degree they are enrolled in Electrical Engineering, listed in the Degree Requirements section. In addition, students must complete the degree requirements for the dual-title in Operations Research, listed on the Operations Research Bulletin page

The qualifying examination committee for the dual-title Ph.D. degree will be composed of Graduate Faculty from Electrical Engineering and must include at least one Graduate Faculty member from the Operations Research program. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. There will be a single qualifying examination, containing elements of both Electrical Engineering and Operations Research. Dual-title graduate degree students may require an additional semester to fulfill requirements for both areas of study and, therefore, the qualifying examination may be delayed one semester beyond the normal period allowable.

In addition to the general Graduate Council requirements for Ph.D. committees, the Ph.D. committee of an Electrical Engineering and Operations Research dual-title Ph.D. student must include at least one member of the Operations Research Graduate Faculty. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. If the chair of the Ph.D. committee is not also a member of the Graduate Faculty in Operations Research, the member of the committee representing Operations Research must be appointed as co-chair. The Operations Research representative on the student’s Ph.D. committee will develop questions for and participate in the evaluation of the comprehensive examination.

Students in the dual-title program are required to write and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that is approved in advance by their Ph.D. committee and reflects their original research and education in Electrical Engineering and Operations Research. Upon completion of the doctoral dissertation, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation must be accepted by the Ph.D. committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.

In addition, 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
Joesph 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

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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 (EE) Course List

Contact

Graduate Program Head: Kultegin Aydin

Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Victor Pasko

Primary Program Contact: Sherry Jackson(sdj2@psu.edu)

Program Email: grad_info_ee@engr.psu.edu

Mailing Address: 121 EE East, University Park, PA 16802

Telephone: (814)863-7294

Program Website: Electrical Engineering at University Park