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EE Graduate Handbook

Review the online Graduate Handbook if you've first enrolled after Fall 2016. If you enrolled prior to that date, read the handbook below.


Planning Your Program

Meet with the Graduate Advisor after acceptance to the MSEE Program to plan your program. Bring a copy of your undergraduate transcript(s), a copy of your admission letter, and a passport-sized photograph. With the advisor, you will plan 30 units of coursework and select a field of concentration.

The following are the MSEE requirements stated in the 2013-2014 Catalog:
EE core courses consist of the following: EE 503, 505, 508, 509, and 511. Students must select at least two out of the five courses appropriate to their area of emphasis and subject to the Graduate Advisor’s approval. Completion of a minimum of 30 units in 400-, 500-, or 600-level courses as approved in advance by the Graduate Advisor. Students must choose one of the three alternatives: Thesis, Project, or Course-Only.

Thesis Requirements

G500/600-level courses in EE, including the above core requirement and at least three courses forming an area of emphasis (15 units);
EE 697 (3 units); EE 698 (6 units);
400/500/600-level courses in EE (6 units);
Comprehensive oral exam on thesis.

Project Requirements

500/600-level courses in EE, including the above core requirement and at least three courses forming an area of emphasis (21 units);
EE 697 (6 units) on a capstone project;
400/500/600-level course in EE (3 units);
Comprehensive Oral Exam on the capstone project.

Course-Only Requirements

500/600-level courses in EE, including the above core requirement and at least three courses forming an area of emphasis (24 units);
400/500/600-level courses in EE (6 units);
Comprehensive Oral Exam on the area-of-emphasis courses.
EE 490 (Special Problems) and EE 405 (Special Topics) are not normally accepted in the graduate program.

The EE Graduate Coordinator/Advisor may accept up to 3 units of graduate work taken at another institution. Those three units will apply to the 400/500/600 level course group, but not toward the remaining 24 units of graduate requirements. Such units must have been part of a formal graduate program and must not have been used to fulfill any undergraduate requirements. Graduate work transferred from other universities cannot exceed 6 units in any case. Courses from departments other than EE, whether taken at CSULB or another university, must be of obvious benefit to the student so as to support the remainder of the program.

A maximum of 6 units of CSULB extended education courses, such as Winter Session courses may be included in the graduate program. Also at most two of EE 590 (Special Topics) can be included in a student's program. Adequate documentation for the courses must be provided to the EE Graduate Advisor for approval. The documentation will be forwarded to the College Graduate Coordinator for approval.

Acceptable Courses for 400-600 Level Group

The following are acceptable 400-level courses for the MSEE 400-, 500- and 600-level group (6 units for the thesis or course-only alternatives; and 3 units for the project alternative).

405 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering
406 Biomedical Engineering
407 Applications of Computers in Medicine
410 Analog Filter Design
411 Continuous and Discrete-Time Systems
412 Fractals in Engineering
420 Solid State Electronic Devices
432 Design of Analog Circuits and Systems
437 Multidisciplinary Nano-Science and Engineering
443 System-on-Chip Architecture and Applications
444 Microprocessor Based System Design
446 Advanced Microprocessors and Embedded Controllers
447 Design of Digital Systems
450 Electronic Control of Motors
451 Electric Vehicles
452 Computer Applications in Power Systems
458 Design of Power System Components
462 Electromagnetics and Application to Wireless Systems (See Note* below.)
464 Electromagnetics and Application to Electro-Optics (See Note* below.)
470 Digital Control
471 Design of Control Systems
482 Communication Systems II
483 Digital Image Processing
486 Digital Signal Processing for Multimedia Communications
488 Communication Systems Design
489 Digital Signal Processing System Design
492 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition for Engineering Applications (with a special project)

Area of Concentration

Each student must select a field of concentration (a coherent study of some subject matter; also called an area of emphasis) by taking at least three courses from the same group listed below. In some cases, a field of concentration may be formed by taking two courses within an area and by adding a supporting course from another area. The graduate advisor must approve any proposed tentative program. Courses may be changed as the student's plan develops. The intention of this procedure is to individualize each student's program while ensuring that each program provides a coherent plan of study. In the list below, the suggested prerequisites are given in parentheses (consent of instructor is often acceptable instead).


506/606 Theory and Practice of Biomedical Instrumentation (406)
507/607 Advanced Biomedical Systems (406)
528 Speech Signal Processing (486)
574 Robot Dynamics and Control (411, 511)
583/683 Digital Image Processing (505)
EE508 is a required core course and EE505 is a recommended core course for Biomedical.

Communications, Digital Signal Processing, and Networking

527 Digital Filter Design and Audio Processing
528 Speech Signal Processing (486)
545 Computer Communication Networks (445)
547 Sensor Networks
548 Wireless and Mobile Networks and Security in Wireless Networks (445, 482)
576 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic (386)
580 Statistical Communication Theory (482, 505, 508)
581 Satellite Communication Systems (482)
582 Spread Spectrum Communication Systems (580)
583/683 Digital Image Processing (505)
584 Information Theory and Coding (482, 508)
585/685 Advanced Digital Signal Processing (486)
586 Real-Time Digital Signal Processing (486, EE or CECS 440)
587 Fiber Optic Networks (360)
591 Adaptive Systems (508)
EE508 is a required core course and EE511 is a recommended core course for Communications, Digital Signal Processing, and Networking.

Control Systems & Robotics

574 Robot Dynamics and Control (411, 511)
575/675 Nonlinear Control Systems (511)
576 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic (386)
583/683 Digital Image Processing (505)
591 Adaptive Systems (508)
EE511 is a required core course for Control and Robotics. EE511 may be counted as one of the emphasis courses if additional two core courses (e.g., EE505 and 508) are included in the program.

Digital Systems and Computers

526 High Speed Communication Circuits (430)
535 VLSI Design (430)
540 Advanced Digital System and Computer Architecture (440 or 446)
545 Computer Communication Networks (445)
546 Advanced Microprocessors and Embedded Controllers (346, 446)
Recommended core courses for Digital Systems and Computers: any two core courses


526 High Speed Communication Circuits (430)
531 CMOS Electronics (430)
532/632 Analog Signal Processing (430)
533/633 Quantum and Optical Electronics (430, 460)
534 Mixed Signal IC Design (201 and 330 or 331)
535 VLSI Design (430)
535A Microelectronics (201, 330)
566 RF and Microwave Electronics (360 or 462 or 464)
587 Fiber Optic Networks (360)
Recommended core courses for Electronics: EE509 and an additional core course


550 Power Electronics and Applications (350, 430)
551 Theory and Applications of DC/DC Converters (550)
552 Electric Drives and Applications (370, 452)
553 Protection of Power Systems (310, 350)
556 Selected Topics in Solar Systems Engineering
Recommended core courses for Power: EE509, EE511

Thesis/Directed Research

697 Directed Research (Graduate Standing; Advancement to candidacy strongly recommended)
698 Thesis (Advancement to Candidacy)

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to advance to candidacy, each student must submit the form "Application for Candidacy" to the EE Graduate Coordinator. Each student must be enrolled in a course in the semester in which advancement to candidacy is sought. The form contains what becomes the student's formal program or contract for graduation. Any subsequent changes to that program must be approved using the "Change of Program" form. The student is advised to advance to the Candidate status as soon as the 9 units of course work (in residence at CSULB) is completed along with the other requirements. Advancing to candidacy should not be postponed. Meeting all deadlines is the sole responsibility of each student.

The following are the requirements:

  • At least 9 units of graduate courses have been completed at CSULB.
  • Overall graduate GPA must be at least 3.0. Note: No 100 or 200 level courses may be used in computing the GPA.
  • All deficiencies must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be satisfied. The requirement can be met by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) or by taking an approved course with sample work reviewed and certified by the GWAR Committee or by achieving 4.0 or more in Analytic Writing part of GRE or GMAT. (The official GRE/GMAT score must be received by the Enrollment Services.) All students are required to attempt the WPE during the first semester unless they already have met the GWAR requirement. Failure to do so results in a hold on future registration. Students who have a B.S. degree from any CSU campus need not take the WPE since they have passed the exam as part of their B.S. requirement.

GWAR Guidelines for Students 

Each student must provide a demonstration of Technical Writing ability via one of the following:

  • Passing a technical writing course with a letter grade of A, B, or C (auditing the course is not sufficient). English 317, 417, 418, or 419 are recommended. Any other course must be approved in advance. The graduate advisor may approve an equivalent course taken previously at another institution. It is strongly recommended that the GWAR requirement have been met prior to taking the technical writing course.
  • Providing examples of technical writing performed in industry or publications where the writer's contribution is evident. Author's name must be clearly seen and the writing samples must be 50 to 100 pages in total length (could be an assortment of 5 or 10 page documents). Figures, charts and graphs are not considered as writing samples.
  • Technical Writing is waived for thesis option. 
  • The file includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
  • The file includes the student's photograph.