Master of Science in Engineering – MSE (concentration in Electrical Engineering)


Students desiring to pursue a concentration in electrical engineering must have a baccalaureate degree with a major in the same discipline from an Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org accredited program. Students who do not possess this background are not discouraged from applying, but, in general, must expect some non-graduate credit background work in order to pursue their graduate program effectively and successfully. As the master’s degree is generally accepted as a higher level of intellectual accomplishment than the baccalaureate degree, the student must expect his/her program to be structured accordingly. The student will be required to remove any deficiencies in mathematics, science, engineering, and communication. In particular, students with a baccalaureate in mathematics or the physical sciences should expect remedial courses stressing engineering analysis, synthesis, and design.

Educational Objectives

 At the time of graduation, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate written and oral communication of engineering principles.
2. Expand their knowledge in one core technical area in engineering including relevant engineering mathematics.
3. Exposed to various research areas through independent study.
4. Demonstrate competence by being selected for employment by industrial, academic, or government entities or by pursuing further graduate studies.

The M.S. in Engineering with concentration in Electrical Engineering at Louisiana Tech offers students the opportunity to specialize in certain areas of Electrical Engineering (Communications, Controls, Microelectronics, and Power Systems) beyond their B.Sc. EE degree. The M.S. students can conduct research leading to a thesis or a practicum, or choose a coursework-only option. 

Thesis Option. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (SCH) for graduate credit, of which a maximum of 6 hours will be earned in Research and Thesis. A minimum of 21 hours out of the 30 must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.

Non-Thesis Options (Practicum Option or Coursework-Only Option). A minimum of 36 SCH of graduate course work will be required. A minimum of 21 out of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.

The practicum option is available in all MS programs except the professional MS degrees in the College. In this track, a maximum of 3 hours will be earned by taking the Practicum course and satisfying the requirements. The practicum shall involve an advanced topic approved by the student’s advisory committee. Also, a minimum of 18 out of the 36 hours must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.