2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (without addenda) 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (without addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.

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Requirements for the Master of Science

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Program requires a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants.

Students not meeting these requirements will be considered for admission on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to the completion of appropriate undergraduate courses to remove deficiencies in preparation.

Course Requirements

To obtain the MS in Electrical Engineering degree, students must complete a total of 30 credits, with restrictions described below.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses:

The core courses cover fundamental material and should be taken as early as possible. An advanced course subsequent to a core course may be taken in lieu of the core course, upon approval by the MSEE program advisor. All students must choose two out of the following five core courses:

Concentration Areas:

Students are recommended to select courses to focus on one or two concentration areas, to obtain sufficient depth in the choose areas. To provide flexibility for course selection based on the student’s interests, a student does not need to officially declare a concentration, and no specific number of credits is required for each chosen centration. For an up-to-date list of concentration areas and courses for each area, please visit the department webpage.

Thesis, project, reading:

Students are encouraged to participate in research by registering for a master’s thesis (EL-GY 997x , minimal 6 credits), an advanced project (EL-GY 9953  or EL-GY 9963 , 3 credits each, EL-GY 9941 , 1.5 credits) or a reading course (EL-GY 9933 , 3 credits). Students must secure a faculty member’s commitment for advising such individual studies. Oral defense of the master’s thesis with at least three professors (at least 2 ECE professors) in attendance is required. For the project and reading courses, a project report and an oral presentation is required. The total credits for thesis, projects, readings, and internships (see below) should not exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits required for the MS degree.


Up to 3 credits of approved internships (CP-GY 9911 , CP-GY 9921 , 1.5 credits each) can be applied towards the 30 credits MS degree requirement. For an internship to be approved for credits, the internship job must provide industry and/or research experience relevant to the degree program.  All internship must be approved and supervised by an ECE faculty member. Students must secure a faculty member’s commitment for advising an internship. The internship supervisor should submit a midterm and a final term evaluation report to the advisor. The student must submit a project report to the advisor upon completion of the internship for the evaluation of the internship course. The total credits for independent studies including MS thesis, projects, reading, and internship cannot exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits towards the MS degree. 

Out-of-department courses and 5000-level EL courses:

At least 24 credits should be EL-prefixed courses. A 3-credit course taken at other science or engineering departments of NYU that is closely related to electrical engineering may be used to substitute an EL course upon approval by the MSEE program advisor. The other 6 credits can be from any science, engineering or management departments. The total number of credits for 5000-level EL courses and non-EL courses cannot exceed 12 credits. Note that credits from 5000-level courses from other departments cannot be counted towards MS/EE degree, except with approval by the program director.

Transfer Credits:

No transfer credits are accepted towards the MS degree.

GPA requirements:

An overall GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate courses taken at NYU is required. In addition, an average of 3.0 is required among the two core courses.

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