2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2020-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with 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 and/or Computer 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 who do not have a prior BS degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering but have strong background in their chosen focus areas of study and sufficient mathematics preparation may be considered for admission.

Course Requirements

To obtain the MS degree in Electrical Engineering, 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 core courses:

Concentration Areas:

Students are recommended to select courses to focus on one or two concentration areas, to obtain sufficient depth in the chosen 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: http://archive.engineering.nyu.edu/academics/departments/electrical

Thesis, project, reading:

Students are encouraged to participate in research by registering for a master’s thesis (ECE-GY 997x , 6 credits, can be taken over two semesters), an advanced project (ECE-GY 9953  or ECE-GY 9963 , 3 credits each, ECE-GY 9941 , 1.5 credits) or a reading course (ECE-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.


International students must register for an internship course (CP-GY 9911 , CP-GY 9921 , 1.5 credit each) to do an internship. Up to 3 credits of approved internships can be applied towards the 30 credits MS degree requirement. International students cannot do internship after they have completed the degree requirement. For an internship to be approved for credits, the internship job must provide industry and/or research experience relevant to the Electrical Engineering degree program. All internships 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 faculty advisor upon completion of the internship for the evaluation and grading 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. Note that CP-GY 9911 and CP-GY 9921 can be counted towards the ECE-GY course requirement. However, if a student has already taken more than 7.5 credits of independent studies, he/she will not be approved for another CP course.

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

At least 24 credits should be ECE-GY prefixed courses; these include the ROB-GY courses listed below. The other 6 credits can be from any science, engineering or management departments. 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 ECE-GY course upon approval by the MSEE program advisor. The total number of credits for 5000-level ECE courses and non-ECE courses cannot exceed 12 credits. (Note that CS-GY 6133 Computer Architecture I taken before Fall 17 will be counted as ECE-GY credits for this purpose.) Credits from 5000-level courses from other departments cannot be counted towards MS/EE degree, except with approval by the Program Director.

The followling robotics courses count as ECE-GY prefixed courses:

Note about CS-GY 6843 Computer Networking:

We expect most students have covered this material in an undergraduate course. Therefore, students can only take this course for credits towards MSEE degree in exceptional cases and only if approved by Professor Yong Liu.

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.

Graduate Manual

For more information, please refer to the graduate manual, which can be found on the student resources page: https://engineering.nyu.edu/academics/departments/electrical-and-computer-engineering/student-resources

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