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Electrical Engineering (EE)

Selecting a Tentative Program

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

As soon as possible after acceptance to the MSEE Program, you should meet with the Graduate Advisor, who will help you plan your program. You should bring with you at that time,

  • a copy of your undergraduate transcript(s)
  • a copy of the admission letter
  • a passport size photograph for your file

With the Graduate Advisor, you will be planning for 30 units of graduate work. A field of concentration is chosen. Students should not arbitrarily take 30 units of courses and then expect them to be approved for graduation.

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 2 out of the above 5 courses appropriate to their area of emphasis and subject to the approval of the Graduate Advisor. 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 Alternative, Project Alternative, and Course-Only Alternative.

Thesis Alternative:

  • 500/600-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 Alternative:

  • 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 Alternative:

  • 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.


View Upper Division Course Descriptions

  • 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)


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 3 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).

View Graduate Course Descriptions


  • 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)
  • 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)

*Note: although every effort is made to keep this Web site up to date, you should also consult the online catalog for official information and program requirements, which may vary depending on the year you enter(ed) the program.

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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) Handbook

Revised January 2008

  1. Thesis Requirements
  2. MSEE Project (Non-Thesis) Option
  3. Final Comprehensive Examination
  4. G.P.A. Requirement, Grad Check, Continuous Enrollment,GS700, Educational Leave, 7 Year Limit, Normal Academic Load