Electrical and computer engineers combine their knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering with problem-solving skills to design, construct, and maintain the vital products, services, and information systems that fuel our technology-driven world. Many employers today believe a graduate degree is essential in order to succeed in this competitive and rapidly changing marketplace. Furthering your education can help you gain an expert level of technical proficiency, improve your marketability, and advance your career.

The emphasis on actually applying concepts is what makes Lawrence Tech’s engineering programs different from most – that and the professors. My professors all exude a certain vigor, as if my success is their number one priority – not only in the classroom,
but also in my career.

Christopher Orr, electrical and computer engineering student

Electrical and Computer Engineering

In addition to preparing you for leadership roles in the primary fields of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Lawrence Technological University can equip you to enter a variety of allied disciplines, including biomedical engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering.

computer engineeringThe MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program features a comprehensive curriculum developed and thoroughly assessed with assistance from an active Industrial Advisory Board, comprised of distinguished engineering professionals with knowledge of business practices and experience working in the field.

The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional skills, improve their ability to apply scientific principles in solving engineering problems, enhance their ability to communicate, and give them the background required for the pursuit of either a senior engineering position or entrance to a PhD program.

Built around the University’s motto of theory and practice, the program features a strong laboratory component, allowing you to gain practical, hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities. Courses emphasize digital control systems and communications, instrumentation, and computer-aided design.
Developed with working professionals in mind, the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering is an evening program that features two options, depending on your goals. The course work-only option requires 32 credit hours – five core classes and three electives, while the 30-credit-hour thesis option requires five core classes, one elective, and a master’s thesis. Regardless of the option you choose, you will have the advantage of learning from faculty with current industry experience as well as the opportunity to interface with established mentors dedicated to your success.

The MSECE program offers students two degree options:

Option I: Coursework Only
This option requires 16 credit hours of core courses plus 16 credit hours of technical electives for a total of 32 credit hours. The core courses must be taken prior to the elective courses. At least one of the technical electives must be at the 6000 level. Advanced-level electives (6XX4) require completion of core courses or specific approval by both the instructor and the chair.

 Option II: Coursework and Thesis
If a student elects to write a thesis, the core courses requirement may be waived at the thesis advisor’s discretion. This option requires 24 credit hours of a combination of any of the core and technical electives courses plus a six-credit-hour thesis for a total of 30 credit hours. The student, in consultation with his or her thesis advisor, proposes a thesis topic by submitting the Petition for a Master’s Thesis form that describes the research topic in detail and presents the research plan. The thesis proposal must be successfully presented to the student’s thesis committee before the master’s thesis credits are elected. Once the thesis is accepted, the student can take any combination of EEE 6911, EEE 6912, and EEE 6913, which adds up to six credits. Once the thesis is completed, the student must successfully defend it before his or her thesis committee.

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 32 (option I) or 30 (option II)

EEE 5114 Engineering Analysis  4
EEE 5654 Digital Signal Processing 4
EEE 5444 Digital Communications 4
EEE 5534 Digital Control Systems 4
Technical Electives
EEE 5144 Power Distribution Systems 4
EEE 5134 Electrical Machines and Transformers 4
EEE 5204 Advanced Computer Architecture 4
EEE 5264 Advanced Microprocessors 4
EEE 5274 Digital Image Processing 4
EEE 5284 Parallel Architectures 4
EEE 5314 Power Electronics  4
EEE 5324 Network Synthesis 4
EEE 5364 Computer Networking 4
EEE 5524 Modern Control Systems 4
EEE 5554 Applications of Artificial Intelligence  4
EEE 5564 Interfacing and Control of Robots 4
EEE 5624 VLSI Systems Design 4
EEE 5634 Optical Systems Engineering 4
EEE 5784 Communication Circuits 4
EEE 5911-4 Directed Study 1-4
EEE 5993-4 Special Topics/Elect. & Comp. Eng.  3-4
EEE 6144 Smart Grid Communications 4
EEE 6444 Software Defined Radio 4
EEE 6524 Nonlinear and Optimal Control 4
EEE 6534 Adaptive Control 4
EEE 6704 Engineering Optimization 4
EEE 6784 Advanced Communication Theory 4
EEE 6901-4 Master's Project 1-4
EEE 6911-3 Master's Thesis Research 1-3
EEE 6993-4 Adv. Spec. Topics/Elect. & Comp. Eng.  3-4
The following Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree electives may be used as technical electives with the advisor’s approval. (The prerequisites for these courses are listed in their course descriptions.)
MCS 5023 Java Programming 3
MCS 5103 Software Engineering
MCS 5303 Database Systems 3
MCS 5503 Intelligent Systems 3
MCS 5703 Intro. to Distributed Computing 3
MCS 6123 Adv. Topics Software Eng. Techniques  3
MCS 6323 Distributive Database Systems 3
MCS 6513 Adv. Topics in Intelligent Systems 3
MCS 6723 Adv. Topics in Distributed Computing 3
For details on LTU's MSECE curriculum and other MSECE-related information, click the button below to download the MSECE student handbook.  
 MSECE Handbook  

Admission to the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at Lawrence Tech is competitive and requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission

2.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an accredited college or university

3.  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

4.  Three letters of recommendation

5.  A professional resume

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For questions regarding the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, contact the College of Engineering at 248.204.2500 or engrdean@ltu.edu.