The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.
Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis
William E. Dillon
503 Nedderman Hall, 817.272.2671
Alavi, Bredow, Butler, Carter, Celik-Butler, Devarajan, Fung, Kirk, Kondraske, Lee, Lewis, Manry, Prabhu, Rao, Shoults, Smith, Yeung
Chiao, Davis, Dillon, Tjuatja
Gou, Jung, Liang, Oraintara, Tao, Vasilyev, Xiao
The course offerings provide the student with an opportunity to broaden as well as to intensify his or her knowledge in a number of areas of electrical engineering. The student, with the aid of a faculty adviser, may plan a program in any one of a number of fields of specialization within electrical engineering or from the offerings of related departments in science and engineering.
Graduate study and research are offered in the areas of:
The program is designed to satisfy the needs of students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees and to provide for the student seeking to increase knowledge in areas of electrical engineering related to engineering practice. The courses offered will provide practicing engineers with advanced, up-to-date education in electrical engineering.
The admission process considers all of the application material including official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and the statement of purpose. No single objective factor is used to finalize the decision for admission or to deny admission. An attempt will be made to match the technical aspirations of the potential graduate students with the departmental resources in order to provide a stimulating academic environment for the students and their graduate education.
Criteria concerning (1) unconditional, (2) provisional, (3) deferred, (4) denied and (5) fellowship, are given below:
Master's degree requirements are described in the general catalog section titled Requirements for the Master's Degree/Degree Plans and Hours Required. The MSEE degree options available are thesis option, thesis substitute option and non-thesis option. The courses taken for all degrees must be distributed over four of the eight areas given in the Objective section. The MSEE program of work in electrical engineering may include up to nine graduate level semester hours of supporting courses outside the UTA Electrical Engineering Department in math, science and engineering. The Graduate Advisor must approve supporting courses that are permitted on a degree plan. The courses approved outside electrical engineering may be used in lieu of one of the four distribution areas. The thesis option requires 24 semester hours plus six semester hours of thesis (EE 5698). The thesis substitute option requires 33 semester hours of which three semester hours must be in the thesis substitute project (EE 5392). The non-thesis option requires 36 semester hours. The M.Engr. emphasizes design engineering and management. This program requires 36 semester hours distributed in the same manner as the MSEE program, except that up to 12 semester hours outside the department may be included.
The Ph.D. is a degree with emphasis on research. Requirements for the doctoral degree are described elsewhere in the general catalog section on Degree Offerings/Requirements. Permission to continue beyond the master's degree will be based on the grade point average and GRE scores as described above. Approval to continue in the doctoral program is given by satisfactory completion of the following procedure:
The course requirements for the Diagnostic Examination should be completed during the M.S. degree or during the first 30 graduate hours required for entrance into the Ph.D. program. If the student is required to take some of the Technical Proficiency Courses in order to take the Diagnostic Exam, these hours will be in addition to the required advanced level course specified later.
This procedure must be completed within the year of coursework toward the Ph.D. A student not having attempted the Diagnostic Examination by this time will be allowed one more opportunity to take the examination during the next full semester.
The program of work is expected to include a minimum of 18 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework beyond the master's degree and sufficient dissertation semester hours as required to complete the dissertation. These courses may include graduate level mathematics, science, or engineering relevant to the student's dissertation program, but only with approval of the Graduate Advisor.
The status of a doctoral candidate is approved for students who have passed an oral Comprehensive Examination (a comprehensive dissertation proposal) and submit a Final Program of Work. The Comprehensive Examination will be required by the time the student has completed the required coursework. If the student fails the examination, he/she would be given one more chance to pass it no later than during the following semester. Upon completion of the Comprehensive Examination, the candidate should enroll in the dissertation course (EE 6399, EE 6699, or EE 6999) continuously until defense of the dissertation. The last semester the student must be enrolled in EE 6999. This ordinarily requires approximately 30 semester hours of dissertation credit.
Candidates for graduate degrees whose native language is not English must have a minimum Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 40. Certification for graduation may be obtained via remedial work if the minimum is not met. Students whose native language is not English who have not taken the TSE should attempt the TSE prior to the end of their second semester.
The Electrical Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each electrical engineering graduate student must maintain at least a B (3.0) GPA in all electrical engineering coursework and at least a B (3.0) GPA in all coursework for M.S. students. A student working toward a Ph.D. must maintain a 3.5 GPA in all electrical engineering coursework and at least a 3.5 GPA in all coursework.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
* Denotes offered online as part of the CSE/EE Online degree program.print "