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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Electrical Engineering

department web page: www-ee.uta.edu/
department contact: EEdept@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:


Raymond Shoults
518 Nedderman Hall

Admission Criteria | Degree Requirements | Continuation | Courses: EE

Area of Study and Degrees

Electrical Engineering

M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

William E. Dillon
503 Nedderman Hall, 817.272.2671

Graduate Faculty


Alavi, Bredow, Butler, Carter, Celik-Butler, Devarajan, Fung, Kirk, Kondraske, Lee, Lewis, Manry, Prabhu, Rao, Shoults, Smith, Yeung

Associate Professors

Chiao, Davis, Dillon, Tjuatja

Assistant Professors

Gou, Jung, Liang, Oraintara, Tao, Vasilyev, Xiao

Senior Lecturers

Kenarangui, Svihel

Professor Emeritus



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:

  1. VLSI and Digital Systems
  2. Systems, Controls, and Robotics: Systems, Controls, Manufacturing, Discrete Event Control, Neural and Fuzzy Control, Nonlinear Modern Control, Biomedical Signal Processing and Instrumentation.
  3. Electromagnetic Fields and Applications: Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic Fields, Propagation, Scattering, Radiation, and Microwave Systems.
  4. Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics and Semiconductor Devices: Semiconductor Theory, Microwave Devices and Circuits, Analog Electronics.
  5. Digital Signal Processing, Digital Image Processing: Vision Systems, Neural Networks, Statistical Signal Processing, Nonlinear Image Processing, Virtual Prototyping, and Virtual Environments
  6. Communications: Information Transmission and Communication Systems
  7. Energy Systems: Efficient Operation, Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Deregulation; Power Electronics Engineering.
  8. Optical Devices and Systems: Optics Electro-optics, Diffractive Optics, Nonlinear Optics, and Lasers.

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.

Admission Criteria

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:

  1. Admission with Unconditional Status: A typical applicant who is "admitted" will have met the following admission requirements.
    • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement
      1. For MSEE admission 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) based on upper division coursework (junior and senior level or equivalent)
      2. For Ph.D. admission 3.5 based on MSEE or equivalent
    • Relevance of the student's undergraduate degree (background) to the EE curriculum.
    • Rigor of the student's Bachelor's degree.
    • Reputation of the University/College that the student received his/her previous degrees
    • For Ph.D. applicants, the publications in scholarly conferences/journals are optional but will improve both a student's chances of securing admission and receiving financial support.
    • Three recommendation letters from individuals who can judge the probability of success of the student's graduate study.
    • GRE scores of at least the following:
    • Quantitative score
      ≥ 720 for M.S.
      ≥ 750 for Ph.D.
    • Verbal score ≥ 500
    • Analytical Writing ≥ 4
    • For an International student, an additional requirement beyond those stated above:
      TOEFL ≥ 560 for the paper and pencil test and 220 for the computer-based test
  2. Admission with Provisional status: An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
  3. Deferred status: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete.
  4. Denied Status: An applicant that does not meet categories 1, 2 or 3 above will be denied admission.
  5. Fellowships: Award of a fellowship will be based on the criteria required by the sponsor agency (including the graduate school) on a competitive basis.

Degree Requirements

Master's Degree

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.

Doctoral Degree

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:

  1. Earning at least a 3.5 GPA in four of the faculty-approved list of Technical Proficiency Courses taken from four different areas,
  2. Obtaining the approval of a dissertation adviser, and
  3. Passing the Diagnostic Examination. This exam will be over the four Technical Proficiency Courses.

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.)

Courses in Electrical Engineering (EE)

* Denotes offered online as part of the CSE/EE Online degree program.

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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Fundamental Courses in Electrical Engineering

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