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M.S. Graduate Program (ECSE)

Admission

Graduate students shall be admitted upon recommendation of the faculty of the Department. The normal requirements are a strong record of scholarship in a completed bachelor's degree program in any of the engineering, mathematical or physical sciences, and fluency in written and spoken English. The University requires all foreign applicants to show English proficiency such as achieving a TOEFL score of at least 577 if paper based or 90 if internet based. It is required that all students submit original copies of GRE scores excluding CWRU students applying to the B.S./M.S. program (B.S./M.S. students applying to the Ph.D program must submit GRE scores). Applicants from students with a bachelor's degree in other fields may also be considered for admission generally on a provisional basis. Such provisional students may be advanced to full standing upon completion of prerequisite conditions stipulated in the letter of admission.

 

Registration

Every semester before registration, please be sure to update any personal information that may have changed by logging onto the SIS and editing the appropriate information.   Registration is also done on-line by logging onto the SIS.  Students must have holds lifted before completing the registration process.  This is done by contacting you adviser listed on your SIS homepage. 

 

Faculty Advisor and Thesis Committee

Upon arrival, each graduate student is assigned a faculty academic advisor to assist in planning his/her program of study. This is a temporary assignment made by the Department Chairperson based on the student's academic and research interests as identified at the time of application. It is suggested that each student meet with faculty in the Department to discuss academic and research objectives and goals. The student must then identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as the student's permanent academic advisor.

 

The student shall be responsible for forming a thesis guidance committee which shall consist of the student's academic advisor and additional faculty members recommended by the advisor. For an M.S. program, the minimum number of additional faculty members on the thesis guidance committee is two, and at least two members of the committee must be within the EECS department. The chairperson of the guidance committee is normally the candidate's research advisor. Each student is required to file a Program of Study, which must be approved by the student's advisor and the Department Chairperson, and submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Full-time M.S. students should file a Program of Study before the beginning of the second semester.

 

The M.S. Degree Program

Each M.S. student must complete their approved Program of Study with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater. In addition, the Program of Study for an M.S. student must have at least 27 semester hours of classes with all courses taken at the 400-level or above. 

Course Requirements (Effective 9/22/2016):

The M.S. program in Computer Engineering requires students to acquire substantial knowledge of computer engineering fundamentals.  This requirement is normally satisfied by taking :

EECS 419 Computer System Architecture

and at least one of the two following courses:

EECS 488 Embedded System Design

EECS 485 VLSI System Design

The remain courses should be taken in consultation with the student's advisor and should cover topics in computer engineering or related areas.

 

M.S. Thesis:

The student shall be responsible for forming a thesis or dissertation guidance committee which shall consist of the student's academic advisor and additional faculty members recommended by the advisor. For an M.S. program (Plan A and Plan B), the minimum number of additional faculty members on the thesis guidance committee is two, and at least two members of the committee must be within the EECS department. The chairperson of the guidance committee is normally the candidate's research advisor. Each student is required to file a Program of Study, which must be approved by the student's advisor and the Department Chairperson, and submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Full-time M.S. students should file a Program of Study before the beginning of the second semester.

To defend his/her MS thesis, the candidate shall provide an abstract and an announcement to the EECS Office of Student Affairs for general announcement at least 10 days in advance.

Each candidate for the master’s degree under Plan B must pass satisfactorily a comprehensive examination to be administered by the department or curricular program committee. The examination may be written or oral or both. A student must be registered during the semester in which any part of the comprehensive examination is taken. If not registered for other courses, the student will be required to register for one semester hour of EXAM 600, Comprehensive Examination, before taking the examination.

 

  1. The determination of what constitutes a thesis as opposed to a project is determined by the student's advisor.  This is indicated by the advisor's approval of the student's plan of study.  It is imperative that the student obtain a clear understanding at the beginning of the thesis as to the expectation of the advisor.
  2. The determination of when a thesis is complete is done by the student's advisor. It is expected that the student's advisor will provide reasonable feedback to the student about his/her progress toward the completion of the thesis.

 

A good estimate (this is not a rule) is that if you have reached the point where you can publish a paper then you have probably completed the requirements for a MS thesis.  However, note that some theses do not result in a publication whereas several EECS students have published 5-7 papers on their MS thesis work.

 

Your program of study is simply an estimate of when your course work and research MIGHT be completed.  Even with a theoretical or software thesis a research breakthrough cannot be scheduled for a particular time and the time to successfully complete the research may be considerably longer than originally anticipated.  This is especially true with experimental theses where the research might be dependent upon such factors as requiring a particular piece of equipment to work or the length of time needed to have an integrated circuit fabricated.

 

  1. Students may change advisors for a variety of reasons of which the most common is a change of the student's field of interest.  However, it is expected that when the student changes advisor he/she will be starting a new research project.  Only in exceptional cases such as a faculty member leaving the university or in the case of joint advisors might a student switch advisors and continue on the same thesis topic.  Another faculty member taking over another faculty member's research might constitute a violation of professional ethics.  All students must inform the EECS office in the event of a change of advisor.  Appropriate forms must be filled out and sent to graduate studies