Sep 22, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.

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The graduate program in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide theoretical knowledge as well as practical applications in the areas of communication systems, electronic circuits, computer systems engineering, and systems design. In this program, working engineers are given an opportunity to continue their education on a part-time basis, while full-time students have the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Upon graduation from the program, students will be conferred the degree Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Electrical Engineering.

Graduate Director: Gustavo Vejarano
Doolan Hall, Room 108

Program Educational Objectives

The Electrical Engineering graduate program has established the following program educational objectives. Graduates of the program will:

  1. Possess in-depth expertise for a successful engineering career and/or a successful undertaking of further graduate level studies;
  2. Meet the challenges of the future through continuing professional growth; and
  3. Exhibit concern for social and environmental impact of engineering decisions.

Student Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering graduate program has established the following student outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems in a specialized area, such as electronic circuit design, telecommunications and networks, or digital and computer engineering
  2. an ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet constraints and specifications, which include societal, environmental, and ethical factors as appropriate to the design
  3. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation and testing procedures using advanced analytical/numerical techniques and/or modern engineering tools, and to analyze and draw conclusions from data
  4. an ability to conduct graduate level research with adequate research skills including information literacy and self-learning
  5. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences through various media
  6. an ability to plan and manage engineering projects, including goal establishment, task scheduling, and risk and uncertainty management

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission should have completed an undergraduate program in electrical engineering, computer science, or a closely related field. To be considered for admission, students must submit an application, $50 application fee, a statement of intent, and transcripts. Letters of recommendation and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are optional. Additional coursework may be recommended or required as a condition of admission for applicants that have not completed an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering.

Transfer Credit. Students may transfer six (6) semester hours for courses completed at another regionally accredited college or university. Credits to be transferred must be taken prior to admission. Each transferred course grade must be at least B (3.0), and the course must not have been used to satisfy degree requirements at another college or university.

Graduation Requirements

A degree candidate is required to complete, with a cumulative grade point average of at least B (3.0), a program of study comprising a minimum of thirty (30) or more semester hours of graduate-level coursework (i.e., 500-level or 600-level courses). Additional prerequisite (undergraduate) courses may be required as deemed appropriate by the advisor in consultation with the department. Of the graduate-level coursework, at least fifteen (15) semester hours are to be in 600-level courses. Students must achieve a grade of B (3.0) or better in all 500-level courses. Applicable courses generally include both CMSI and ELEC courses offered by this department, as well as appropriate courses from mathematics or other disciplines. At least twenty-four (24) semester hours must be in ELEC courses.

The program of study must include the following courses: ELEC 521 , ELEC 532 , ELEC 584 , ELEC 601 . One or more of the 500-level required courses may be waived if the student demonstrates satisfactory completion of a similar course. Waived courses will be replaced by electives at the 500 or 600 level.


During the first semester of attendance, the student should prepare a program of study with a faculty advisor. The 30 semester hours of required coursework is allocated as follows:

Master Thesis Option

Preparation of a Master’s Thesis is optional and can fulfill up to a maximum of 9 semester hours of elective course requirements. The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered, and the thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements. The thesis and associated work is intended to advance the state of knowledge in the thesis subject not “rehash” previous work by others or a serve as a “literature search.” To the extent possible, there should be some experimental work involved. The thesis ideally will form the basis for a paper or article, produced by a student, which would be submitted and hopefully published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented at a professional organization’s conference. A thesis is completed after being successfully defended to the thesis committee. With direction from the Program Director, a thesis committee will be formed. The thesis committee consists of the student’s thesis advisor, a full-time faculty member from the student’s department, and a third member from other than the student’s department. 

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