Students entering the Masters or Ph.D. programs in ECE who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or a subdiscipline thereof) will need to complete a program of additional study, called articulation, to prepare the student for success in the graduate degree.

The required articulation courses are based on two criteria:

  • a basic set of knowledge that is shared by all electrical and computer engineers, and
  • domain-specific knowledge based on the student's plan of study.


The basic set of knowledge maps to the Preparation and Introductory courses in the BSEE Curriculum shown below:

The domain-specific knowledge coursess are chosen from the Foundational, Breadth, and Depth courses. The Breadth and Depth courses are detalied in the BSEE Curriculum.

The overall articulation plan for Master's students consists of the following:

  1. (Before admission to the Master's program) Complete all the math and physics courses (or equivalents) shown in the darker green color in the BSEE flow chart.  These courses correspond to calculus through multivariate calculus and differential equations, and a two-semester physic sequence covering Newtonian physics and electromagnetics, as well as a course on linear algebra with MATLAB. 
  2. (May be completed during the Master's program) At least 2 of the 3 Introductory courses shown in PURPLE, not including EEL 3000 Intro to ECE. These courses should be chosen based on the specified Depth and Breadth areas to be pursued in the MS. 
  3. (May be completed during the Master's program) 2-4 additional courses based on the specific areas to be pursued in the MS. These courses are selected from the Foundational, Breadth, and Depth courses based on the specific plan of study for each student to ensure that the student has enough background knowledge to succeed in the selected area of graduate study. These courses will be determined in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and/or Division Chair after the student has completed the prerequisites listed in (1) above.

All articulation courses must be passed with a grade of B or better.

Articulation plans for Ph.D. students will be determined by their Ph.D. advisor. Sufficient foundational knowledge can be demonstrated by passing the Ph.D. Written Qualifying Exam.