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M.S. Degree Requirements

The following is a summary of the degree requirements for the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.  See the Electrical Engineering section of the Graduate Catalog for a more complete description.

Required Coursework

    Thirty hours must be completed as a master's student. If completing a non-thesis master's degree, all thirty hours must be coursework. If completing a thesis degree, 24 hours must be coursework, and 6 hours must be thesis research hours. At least fifteen hours of coursework (21 for non-thesis) must be Electrical Engineering courses, and at least twelve of those must be at or above the 5000/6000 level. Below is a diagram of how the coursework is layered.

 

Other Information Regarding Coursework

  • Only six hours of ELEG 588V (Special Problems) may be counted towards the degree.
  • All students must take the M.S. Readiness Assessment Exam (administered by their major professor & advisory committee) during their first semester. This exam is designed to assess the student's undergraduate preparation for his/her graduate work. If the graduate committee deems the student deficient in any subject area, they may require the student to take one or more deficiency courses, which will not count towards their degree.
  • Students who complete a B.S.E.E. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a GPA of 3.5 or greater may count towards the M.S.E.E. degree up to six hours of Electrical Engineering Graduate-Level courses.
  • The M.S.E.E. degree includes a distance education option for which students complete most or all of their coursework using distance education courses. The use of this option is subject to approval by the student's major professor, and to the availability of sufficient distance education courses in the student's specialty area to enable completion of the M.S.E.E. degree.

 

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

The following is a summary of the degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. See the Electrical Engineering section of the Graduate Catalog for a more complete description.

1.     The doctoral program must include at least 72 hours of coursework and thesis or dissertation hours taken after the B.S.E.E. degree.

2.     At least 42 hours of graduate coursework are required for a Ph.D. degree. A student who does not have an M.S. degree must take at least 42 hours of graduate coursework (excluding dissertation hours) beyond the bachelor's degree. A student who already has an M.S. degree must take at least 42 hours of graduate coursework in his or her M.S. & Ph.D. degrees combined (excluding thesis and dissertation hours). Courses taken during the M.S. degree may count as part of the 42 hours.

3.    At least 30 hours of the 42 referred to above must be at the 5000 or 6000 level, and at least 24 of these 30 hours must also be in Electrical Engineering. Thus, a Ph.D. student needs at least 24 hours of Electrical Engineering courses at or above the 5000 or 6000 level in his or her combined M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

4.    the remaining hours that are not coursework must be dissertation hours (i.e. 30 hours). However, a maximum of 6 of the 30 hours may be thesis hours. The bottom line is: at least 18 hours of dissertation hours are required.

5.    The 42 hours must include either GRSD 5003 or MEPH 5383.

 

Summary of the Main Stdeps in Competing a Ph.D. Degree

The following is a summary of the main steps required for completing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering

1. Choose an Advisory Committee - You must choose an advisory committee before the end of your first semester of work. Your advisory committee will oversee your work and administer exams. Your major professor is the chairman of your advisory committee, and will help select its members. Fill out an Advisory Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.

2. Discuss Which Courses Your Committee Will Accept from Your M.S. Degree - Your advisory committee must decide which courses they will accept from your M.S. degree. Fill out a MS Course Credit Hours Accepted Towards Ph.D. form and submit to the Electrical Engineering department.

3. Decide Your Schedule of Study - In cooperation with your major professor, and advisory committee, you will choose all of your courses for the entire Ph.D. degree. You will choose them all during your first semester and submit a form to the Graduate School listing them. This means that you must plan your entire degree program at the very beginning. This planning ahead is needed in order to avoid missing important courses that are not offered every year. Fill out a Schedule of Study form and submit to the Electrical Engineering department.

4. Take the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam - The qualifying exam tests your preparation for the Ph.D. degree. Deficiency courses may be assigned as a result of the exam. The qualifying exam is taken during the spring semester of you first year of work on the Ph.D.

5. Choose a Dissertation Committee - Your dissertation committee will judge your dissertation defense. Your major advisory is the chairman of your dissertation committee, and will help you select its members. Your dissertation committee may or may not be the same as your advisory committee. Fill out a Dissertation Committee form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.

6. Take the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam - The candidacy exam is taken after you have completed nearly all of your coursework, but at least one year before completing the Ph.D. degree. Your advisory committee will review and critique your research plans at this time. Writing a research proposal is part of the candidacy exam.

7. Decide on a Dissertation Title - You must decide on the title of your research work at least one year before your dissertation defense. Fill out a Dissertation Title form and submit it to the Electrical Engineering department.

8. Announce Your Final Exam - The dissertation defense must be announced to the Graduate School two weeks before the defense. It must be announced to the Electrical Engineering department about a week before the defense.

9. Complete Dissertation & Defend It - The last step is to complete your dissertation & defend it in front of your committee.

 

Miscellaneous

Graduate Forms - Link to graduate forms in a pdf format.

Graduate Catalog- This is the definitive source of information on all graduate degrees at the University of Arkansas. Brief descriptions of all graduate courses offered at the University of Arkansas are included.

Electrical Engineering Handbook- This is the definitive source for information on the M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.