2011-2013 Catalog (without addenda) 
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2011-2013 Catalog (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 superior undergraduate academic record and a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students who do not meet these requirements will be considered individually for admission and may be admitted upon completion of specific undergraduate courses to remove preparation deficiencies.

Applicants without a BS in Electrical Engineering—but who are otherwise sufficiently prepared for admission without undergraduate deficiencies—may be required to take specified undergraduate and introductory level graduate electrical engineering courses. Only graduate courses count toward the master’s degree.

A student with a BS in a field other than electrical engineering also may consider the departmental master’s programs in computer engineering, electrophysics, system engineering, telecommunication networks, or the Master of Engineering in Interdisciplinary Studies in Engineering program, described elsewhere in this catalog, or the several Graduate Certificate programs described here

Degree Requirements

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


Core courses cover fundamental material and should be taken as early as possible in the course of study for the degree program. Students may take an advanced course subsequent to a core course in lieu of the core course, with approval from an ECE graduate adviser.

Group 2: 6-12 Credits

Two sequences, each containing two courses, where one course in each sequence may be a core course in Group 1. One sequence must include EL-prefixed courses, and another sequence may contain either EL or CS-prefixed courses. Approved course sequences are listed in the ECE Graduate Student Manual.

Group 3: 30 Credits

These are approved electives and may include up to 6 credits of graduate courses offered by any science, engineering or management department.

Out-of-department Courses:

At least 24 credits must be in EL prefixed courses. A 3-credit course in other science or engineering disciplines may be used to substitute an EL course upon approval by an ECE graduate adviser. Remaining credits can be from any graduate science, engineering or management courses.

Thesis, Project and Reading:

A master’s thesis (EL 997x , minimal 6 credits) or an MS project (EL 9953  or EL 9963 , 3 credits each) or a reading course (EL 9933  or EL 9943 , 3 credits each) may be included as part of the elective courses in group 3. Oral defense of the master’s thesis before at least three professors is required. Total credits for thesis, projects and readings should not exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits required for the MS degree. At most 3 credits can be taken for reading.

GPA Requirements:

An overall GPA of 3.0 in all NYU-Poly graduate courses is required. In addition, a 3.0 average is required in the combination of the five to seven courses taken to satisfy groups 1 and 2.

Transfer Credits:

The nine transfer credits allowed by NYU-Poly regulations can be applied only toward electives. Transfer credits may not be used to satisfy core or sequence course requirements.

Repition of Courses:

A student may register no more than three times for the same course, including registration for which a W was earned. A course will not count for degree credit if taken in violation of this rule. Students should consult the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Manual for detailed rules and procedures, including student status, recommended course sequences, recommended electives, current research areas, course repetition and disqualification for low grades. The manual announces degreerequirement changes, if adopted by the faculty after this catalog is published.

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