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The master's degree will be granted to degree candidates who complete a program of studies approved by a faculty advisor. The degree does not require a thesis, but students may include a thesis in their program and receive up to 9 units for their thesis work. The program must include no less than 45 units. In addition, a 3.0 GPA (B average) must be earned in all coursework taken at Santa Clara. Residence requirements of the University are met by completing 36 units of the graduate program at Santa Clara. A maximum of 9 quarter units (6 semester units) may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the student's advisor. All units applied toward the degree, including those transferred from other institutions, must be earned within a six-year period. Students must develop a program of studies with an academic advisor and file the program during their first term of enrollment at Santa Clara. The program of studies must contain a minimum of 25 electrical engineering units and a minimum total of 45 units of graduate-level engineering courses. The number of engineering management courses accepted is restricted to 6 units.
Each MSEE student must belong to one of the three focus areas: Circuits and Systems, Electronics, or Microwave and Communication. See the list of courses under each area below. The program of study must include the following:
These M.S. degree requirements may be adjusted by the advisor based on the student's previous graduate work. Alterations in the approved program, not relating to the above departmental requirements, may be requested at any time by a petition initiated by the student and approved by the advisor. The program may include up to 6 engineering management units, with the advisor's approval. Students with relevant technical backgrounds may be admitted to the MSEE program without a BSEE from an accredited program. In order to guarantee prerequisites for graduate courses, those students must take sufficient additional courses beyond the 45-unit minimum to ensure coverage of all areas of the undergraduate EE core requirements. A student who has earned a Fundamental Certificate will have satisfied these background requirements. The nine undergraduate core courses are:
The advisor will determine which courses must be taken to meet these requirements. Undergraduate core courses will not be included in the 45 units required for the MSEE.
Note: In general, no credit will be allowed for courses that duplicate prior coursework, including courses listed above as degree requirements. (However, a graduate-level treatment of a topic is more advanced than an undergraduate course with a similar title.) Students should discuss any adjustments of these requirements with their academic advisor before they file their program of studies. In all cases, prerequisite requirements should be interpreted to mean the course specified or an equivalent course taken elsewhere.