Electrical & Computer Engineering MS

Program Purpose

The mission of the Electrical and Computer Engineeringgraduate programis to develop and train engineers who contribute to science and engineering through scholarly research, improve society through the creative practice of engineering, serve in positions of technical leadership, and demonstrate faith, character, lifelong learning, and high professional ethics. Through instruction in advanced Electrical and Computer Engineering topics, students will learn analytical thinking, language, and skills associated with the discipline. By participating in research with faculty mentors, students will learn how to conduct scholarly research and contribute new ideas and engineering concepts to society.

Electrical Engineering MS

The MS degree concentrates on establishing a sound theoretical foundation and on exposing students to advanced developments. The critical thinking and high level of mathematical and algorithmic facility required by the abstract nature of graduate courses allows the MS graduate to assume responsibility and supervision beyond that normally given a BS engineer. MS students study in one of the four broad areas while pursuing either the course work or thesis option.  The MS degree typically takes from one to two years to complete. Two MS degree options are available: the Thesis Option and the Course Work Option:

Thesis Option

The focus of the thesis degree is to develop the research and design tools necessary to participate in the leading edge developments in the discipline.  The thesis option is the preferred degree option.

Course Work Option

The focus of the course work option is to provide the breadth of technical material necessary for remaining current in the rapidly changing field and providing professional leadership in a variety of technical capacities.

Curricular Structure

Graduate Catalog

MS Degree Objectives

The MS degree program is guided by a set of degree objectives that define desired accomplishments of students who complete the MS degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering in the years following graduation. The degree objectives for MS student graduates are listed below.

  1. Apply knowledge in service to community and family and engage in lifelong learning through personal study and continuing education.
  2. Obtain employment appropriate for the M.S. degree, engage in technology-based entrepreneurship, government lab service, or complete further graduate study.
  3. Play a meaningful role in research or technical development leading to significant contributions to engineering and technology; serve in responsible positions of technical leadership.
  4. Be examples of faith, character, and high professional ethics.

Learning Outcomes

The MS degree program is guided by a set of Learning Outcomes that define the skills, attributes, and knowledge that students should possess at the time of graduation in order to attain the MS degree objectives described above. The learning outcomes for student MS graduates are:


Oral and Written Communication

Communicate difficult technical concepts both orally and in writing.

Courses that Contribute: EC EN 562 EC EN 564 EC EN 568 EC EN 692 EC EN 699R EC EN 775 EC EN 799R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Understanding of Fundamental Concepts

Understanding of fundamental concepts in a broad range of Electrical and Computer Engineering topics.

Courses that Contribute: EC EN 522R EC EN 541 EC EN 542R EC EN 543 EC EN 548 EC EN 549 EC EN 555 EC EN 560 EC EN 562 EC EN 563 EC EN 564 EC EN 568 EC EN 620 EC EN 625 EC EN 629 EC EN 631 EC EN 648 EC EN 661 EC EN 665 EC EN 670 EC EN 671 EC EN 672 EC EN 770 EC EN 775 EC EN 776 EC EN 777 ME EN 633
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence
Peer-Reviewed Scholarship

Contribute to peer-reviewed scholarship.

Courses that Contribute: EC EN 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Mentored Research

Participate in mentored research experiences.

Courses that Contribute: EC EN 568 EC EN 625 EC EN 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence

Evidence of Learning

A variety of assessment tools are available for measuring student learning. A variety of direct and indirect assessment tools are used for evaluating the success of each of the learning outcomes listed above. The assessment tools to demonstrate evidence of learning for each degree program are listed below.

MS Degree Assessment of Learning Outcomes

  1. Bi-annual graduate student rating reports produced by advisor.
  2. Thesis committee's evaluation of student's performance with respect to the learning outcomes at the time of the thesis defense.
  3. Student grades in courses listed in program of study.
  4. Sample publications that include the student as co-author and demonstrate the student's research contribution.
  5. Program evaluation by students - done at the time of graduation.
  6. Online Course and Faculty Evaluations by students - required by every teacher for every course every semester.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

The department continually monitors the achievement of the degree objectives and learning outcomes for each of the graduate programs. The graduate committee meets regularly to discuss graduate program issues, propose changes, and improve student learning. The following formal mechanisms are currently in place for evaluating and improving student learning at the graduate level:

  1. Institutional reviews of graduate program.
  2. Yearly faculty stewardship interviews with department chair.
  3. Student feedback from course evaluations.
  4. Department advisory board recommendations and feedback.
  5. Yearly department retreat.