Masters Program Curriculum

Students in the Masters Electrical Engineering Department can select an area of specialization or follow a more broad course track through the MSEE with no concentration.  The following options are suggested programs of study for available specializations within Electrical Engineering for masters students:

Communication and Signal Processing
Control Theory
Systems and Security

Wireless & Microwave
General MSEE (no concentration)

The prospective graduate course offering schedule through 2019 can be found here.


Thesis Option Non-Thesis Option
6 hours of EE approved Math Courses 6 hours of EE approved Math Courses
12 hours of sequences courses according to specialization area 12 hours of sequence courses according to specialization area
6 hours of EE approved elective hours 12 hours of project, elective, or independent study hours
6 hours of Thesis MSEE portfolio
All PhD students and MSEE students who are TAs must also take the EE Graduate Seminar Course**


*All Electrical Engineering Graduate students are required to take only EE courses during their first semester. Following the first semester, with advisor and departmental approval, masters students can take up to 6 hours of course work outside the EE department.
**The Graduate Seminar course is required to be taken by all PhD students once before the doctoral qualifying exam and the second time prior to finishing the program. MSEE students are required to take the seminar one time only if they are Teaching Assistants for the department.

The College of Engineering offers a Master of Science in Engineering Science through the Dean's Office for students that do not have undergraduate degrees in an engineering field. Further information can be found by contacting the Dean's Office

A comprehensive search of all courses in the USF inventory can be made on the Graduate/Undergraduate website.  Course offerings are subject to change by semester based on faculty and space availability. Specific program requirements and other masters curriculum information can be found in the Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook.  

Graduate Course Portfolio
(For Non-Thesis Master's Students in the Electrical Engineering Department)

Graduate students in the USF Electrical Engineering Department Non-Thesis Master's Program are required to compile and submit a Graduate Course Portfolio prior to graduation. This requirement does not apply to students who complete a master's thesis or to continuing PhD students. Students are encouraged to prepare a high quality document that may serve them beyond the completion of their degree program as they pursue employment opportunities. The Portfolio will summarize student accomplishments in the M.S.E.E. program and can be used to supplement information that is typically contained in a resume.

Amended policy:
The Portfolio is to be attempted the semester before the student intends to graduate, which is also when the graduation application is due. For the purposes of this document, this semester is referred to as the Portfolio Semester. The student will be reminded of the Portfolio requirement when he/she submits the graduation application form and given a due date for the portfolio.

The Portfolio will be assigned with one course that the student is taking during the Portfolio Semester. This is the Portfolio Course, which will nominally be the 3 credit hour Electrical Engineering course with the lowest number that the student is taking during the Portfolio Semester. (Course numbers 5935/36 and 6935/36 are normally excluded from being Portfolio Courses.) Alternative Portfolio-course association arrangements will be made as necessary.

When a Portfolio requirement is associated with a course, the student's final grade in that course will be marked as IF if the Portfolio does not receive a passing assessment by the faculty member selected to perform the evaluation. If the Portfolio does receive a passing assessment, the student's final grade in the course is not affected. A passing assessment requires receiving a score of 2.75 or better on the assessment rubric, and receiving an acceptable plagiarism evaluation using Turn-It-In. An acceptable plagiarism score is usually considered having a similarity matching percentage below approximately 20%, however the exact matching percentage requirement can be determined by the portfolio evaluator on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty members teaching courses that are attached to one or more portfolios will be notified within one week of the graduation application form deadline.

The portfolio must address the following outcomes of the master's (non-thesis) program:
1. graduates will demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in a primary defined area of specialization within electrical engineering.
2. graduates will demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in a second defined area of specialization within electrical engineering
3. graduates will demonstrate complex problem solving skills acquired by a mastery of subjects in advanced mathematics.

For each outcome, i.e. Sequence 1, 2, and graduate mathematics (2 courses each), the portfolio should contain a 0.5-1 page essay explaining specifically how the outcome was obtained (e.g. what advanced level of knowledge in a primary defined area of specialization was demonstrated), supported by an example of the student's course or project work that supports the claim of achievement. The example of course or project work should be appended to the page containing the essay. The total length of the portfolio should therefore be no less than 6 pages and not more than 10 pages, with the maximum length determined by the quantity of example work. Note that a 1-page example of course or project work, e.g. a problem from an exam in a mathematics course, is sufficient given that it is of appropriate quality. Long reports are NOT to be included in the portfolio.
The portfolio will be reviewed by up to three members of the EE faculty, and evaluated according to the overall quality of the writing, the clarity of the explanation of how the outcomes were achieved, and the quality of the examples that are included. Portfolios will receive a grade of Superior (5), Outstanding (4), Acceptable (3), Below Average (2), or Deficient (1). Students who receive a portfolio rating of Below Average or Deficient will receive a 1 letter grade reduction in the Portfolio Course (see above). Students who receive a portfolio rating of Deficient will have a letter placed in their department records. A list of students receiving a Deficient grade will be circulated to the EE faculty.

IMPORTANT: It is expected that only original material will be used in preparing the portfolio. All portfolios will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In through the Canvas course management system. Any submitted portfolio that is found to have plagiarized content may be graded as Deficient and department faculty may be notified in this event. It is also unacceptable to use material directly from a course syllabus in the portfolio, or duplicated content from another student's portfolio. The typical percentage of plagiarized content that will be flagged through Turn-It-In is 20%, although a percentage higher or lower may be used on a case-by-case basis.