Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
For students who want to expand their technical expertise beyond their undergraduate major, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) offers master's of science (MS) degrees in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. The Department of EECS has a long and distinguished record of graduate education with many of our graduates placed in key positions in industry. Graduates from our Master's programs are well represented in corporations such as IBM, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and Intel. In all of these degrees, students have the option of completing their MS degrees by taking only courses, or the option of combining coursework with a master's thesis.
Students who are contemplating continuing their studies at the Ph.D. level are encouraged to complete an MS degree with the thesis option. Students enrolled in the nonthesis option in one of these MS programs may finish the MS degree in one year if they choose. To accomplish this, students must take courses in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students may also complete the degree in a less intensive fashion over three or four regular semesters.
Furthermore, students have the opportunity to have an industrial experience as part of their programs of study by working in an industrial setting for a block period of three to four months. Students may work up to a maximum three blocks during their Master's program of study under the curriculum practical training (CPT) option.
Professionals having a baccalaureate degree in fields other than Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering and seeking a career change, may take advantage of an opportunity to obtain an MS degree in one of these fields by combining suitable remedial undergraduate coursework with the regular program of graduate study.
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Masters of Science in Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering is a relatively new discipline whose popularity and relevancy has had a tremendous growth with the recent proliferation of digital computers in our daily lives.
The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE) program in the Department of EECS has three areas of primary focus: (1) Hardware Systems: including design and test of VLSI systems, performance and analysis of complex hardware systems, design methodology based on formal methods and CAD tools; (2) Software Systems: including development of large software systems, analysis of performance of programs, design of reusable software; (3) Assured Systems: including computer and network security, formal methods, and verification. More details about these focus areas are given at the end of this section.
The MSCE program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work beyond the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Normally, these 30 credit hours are achieved by students taking 10 graduate courses. This program has three components: core courses, courses to fulfill a track, and elective courses.
Masters of Science in Computer Science
Computer Science program at Syracuse University has two special characteristics ? flexibility it its program structure and emphasis on mathematical content. A candidate for MSCS degree is required to take 10 graduate level courses (30 credits), including four required (core) courses. These four core courses are
- CIS 623 Structured Programming and Formal Methods
- CIS 655 Computer Architecture
- CIS 657 Principles of Operating Systems
- CIS 675 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
The remaining six courses are chosen by the candidate from a wide range of graduate level courses in computer science and computer engineering offered each semester to form a coherent program of study. Students found to be deficient in particular, in discrete mathematics (logic) are required to take a remedial course in their first semester of study. MSCS program places special emphasis on the core courses and thus requires that
- In each of the core courses the student must achieve a grade of B- or better.
- In each of the core courses a student is assigned an additional grade based solely on his/her performance in the final comprehensive examination of the course. Candidate is required to achieve an average grade of B or better in these four final exam grades.
In addition, the conditions for successful completion of MSCS degree are:
- No more than two courses with grades B- or below may be included in the program of study.
- At most two courses at 500 level may be included in the program of study
- The program of study of ten courses must be 'coherent', i.e., graduate courses taken outside of computer science area must meet relevancy criterion.
Within this program, the student may elect to prepare and defend a master's thesis, in accord with the rules of the Graduate School , for up to six of the required 30 credits.
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineering is based on scientific principles governing the motion of charged particles through conductors, semiconductors, or even a vacuum. These phenomena can be harnessed in a variety of applications such as wireless, optical or satellite communications, control of robots, radio and television broadcasting, development of microelectronics for computers and analog circuits, and development of instruments that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
The master's program in electrical engineering emphasizes mastery of the field of knowledge and some familiarity with allied areas. It is tailored to meet the needs of the individual with certain general restrictions set by the faculty. The MSEE program consists of at least 30 credits beyond the B.S. degree. A thesis is optional. Students who do not have B.S. degrees in electrical engineering are required to take specified additional courses at the undergraduate or graduate level to make up for deficiencies in their preparation.