Graduate

A.  MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING (Thesis Option)

    1. Total number of hours (32)
    2. A minimum of 24 classroom hours (Excludes 681, 684, 685, & 691).
      • A minimum of 21 classroom hours from the College of Engineering and/or College of Science.
      • Courses on degree plan must be approved by Research Advisor.
    3. Transfer hours allowed from another institution (6)
      • Transfer hours must be from a U.S. peer institution; they cannot have been used on a previous degree plan.
      • Students must send syllabi, transcript, and TAMU course equivalent to the Graduate Office.
      • Transfer hours are subject to approval of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).
    4. Max undergraduate hours (6 hours)
      • Only 400 level undergraduate courses can be included on the degree plan.
      • Courses must be approved by Research Advisor.
    5. Special problems, seminar, and research (681, 685, & 691)
      • 8 hours maximum of these courses
      • 4 hours minimum of 691
        • Note: If co-chair is outside of ECEN, research credits must be split 50/50 between chair and co-chair.
      •  1 hour of seminar (ECEN/CSCE 681) is required.
      • No more than 3 hours (in combination) of ECEN 681, 684, and 685.
    6. Final defense of thesis is required for all MS students.
      • A thesis proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee and submitted to the ECEN Graduate Office at least 1 month prior to the defense.
      • Date and location of the thesis defense must be scheduled through the ECEN Graduate Office at least 1 month in advance so that official notification can be provided to OGAPS.
      • Thesis draft must be submitted to committee members at least two weeks before defense.
      • Please see e-campus page for details
    7. Composition of supervisory committee-at least 3 members total
      • At least 2 members within Computer Engineering Group from ECEN
      • At least 1 member from outside ECEN
      • Note: Committee Chair must be ECEN faculty (or CSCE joint faculty appointment). Co-Chair may be from outside department.
    8. Additional course requirements are listed under “Additional Course Requirements” found in the ECEN handbook.

B.  MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING (Non-Thesis Option)

  1. Total number of hours (30)
  2. A minimum of 27 classroom hours (Excludes 681, 684, & 685)
      • Classroom hours must be  taken from courses within the College of Engineering and/or College of Science.
    • One Course from the ISYS Dept. in the College of Business is allowed.
    • A minimum of 24 classroom hours from the Department of CSCE and ECEN
    • At least 13 of these 24 hours must be in ECEN.
    • At least 6 courses from the CEEN ME student course list
  3. Transfer hours allowed from another institution (6)
    • Transfer hours must be from a U.S. peer institution; they cannot have been used on a previous degree plan.
    • Students must send syllabi, transcripts, and TAMU course equivalent to the Graduate Office.
    • Transfer hours are subject to approval of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).
  4. Undergraduate hours allowed (2 courses or 8 hours)
    • Only 400 level undergraduate courses can be included on degree plan.
    • Courses must be from the College of Engineering and/or College of Science.
  5. One hour of seminar is allowed (ECEN/CSCE 681) but is NOT required.
  6. Seminar (681), Internship (684), Directed Studies (685) no more than (3) hours allowed (combined).
    • Research (691) hours are not allowed on an MS non-thesis degree plan.
  7. **A Final Project Report is required to be submitted to the Graduate Office.
    • A graded project from any ECEN and CSCE graduate course can be used to fulfill this requirement. The project requires a grade, the professor’s signature, and a completed cover page. It must be submitted in the graduating semester; see e-campus page for submission deadlines and other requirements.
  8. Composition of supervisory committee
    • The Graduate Coordinator will be the chair of all MS non-thesis committees.
    • No other committee members are needed.
  9. Additional course requirements are listed under “Additional Course Requirements” found in the ECEN handbook.

C.  MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING (Non-Thesis Option)

  1. Total number of hours (30)
  2. A minimum of 27 classroom hours (Excludes 681, 684, & 685)
    • Classroom hours must be taken from courses within the College of Engineering and/or College of Science.
    • One course from the ISYS Dept. IN the College of Business is allowed.
    • A minimum of 24 classroom hours from the Departments of  Computer Science and Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering
      • At  least 13 of these 24 hours must be in Electrical & Computer Engineering  Department.
      • At least 6 courses must be from the CEEN ME student course list.
  3. Transfer hours allowed from another institution (6)
    • Transfer hours must be from a U.S. peer institution; they cannot have been used on a previous degree plan.
    • Students must send syllabi, transcripts, and TAMU course equivalent to the Graduate Office.
    • Transfer hours are subject to approval of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).
  4. Undergraduate hours allowed (6)
    1. Only 400 level undergraduate courses can be included on degree plan.
    2. Courses must be from the College of Engineering and/or College of Science.
  5. One hour of seminar is allowed (ECEN/CSCE 681) but is NOT required.
  6. Seminar (681), Internship (684), Directed Studies (685) no more than (3) hours allowed (combined).
    • Research (691) hours are not allowed on an ME degree plan.
  7. **A Final Project Report is required to be submitted to the Graduate Office.
    • A graded project from any ECEN and CSCE graduate course can be used to fulfill this requirement. The project requires a grade, the professor’s signature, and a completed cover page. It must be submitted in the graduating semester; see e-campus page for submission deadlines and other requirements.
  8. Composition of supervisory committee
    • The Graduate Coordinator will be the chair of all ME committees.
    • No other committee members are needed.
  9. Additional course requirements are listed under “Additional Course Requirements” found in the ECEN handbook.

D.   Ph.D. IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING

  1. Total number of hours (64 or 96)
    • For students who already hold a Master’s Degree, 64 total hours are required.
    • For “direct PhD” students, 96 hours are required.
  2. A minimum of 18 (or 42) classroom hours (excludes 681,684,685,691).
    • 18 hours required for students with a previous Master’s Degree and 42 for direct PhD students.
    • Classroom hours must be taken from courses within the College of Engineering and College of Science.
    • Courses on degree plan must be approved by Research Advisor.
  3. A maximum of (6) transfer hours allowed from another institution.
    • Transfer hours must be from a U.S. peer institution; they cannot have been used on a previous degree plan.
    • Students must send syllabi, transcripts, and TAMU course equivalent to the Graduate Office.
    • Transfer hours are subject to approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.
  4. Undergraduate hours allowed (2 courses or 8 hours)
    • Only 400 level courses can be included on degree plan.
    • If you used 400 level courses on your Master’s degree plan, then you must reduce the number of allowed undergraduate hours by that amount.
  5. No more than (3) credit hours of Internship (684) are allowed.
    • PhD students cannot take 684 after dissertation defense.
  6. Three (3) hours of Seminar (ECEN/CSCE 681) are required.
  7. No more than (2) credit hours of Directed Studies (685) are allowed.
    • S working on a research project should enroll in Research (691) hours.
  8. All PhD students are required to pass the Departmental Qualifying Examination
    • All Incoming PhD students (64 and 96 hour) are required to take the exam within one year of starting the program.
    • Students entering the program with a previous degree outside of Electrical or Computer Engineering are allowed, with  written approval from their advisor, an extra year and will be required to take the exam by the end of the second year.
    • Those students that fail the examination are given a second opportunity to retake the exam which must be taken at the next opportunity in which the exam is offered.
    • Those that fail the examination twice will be removed from the PhD program.
    • More details of the Qualifying Exam are given later in the ECE Graduate handbook.
    • Degree Plans are to be filed within one semester after passing the Qualifier for both 64 and 96 hour PhD students.
  9. All PhD students with a degree plan on file are required to submit an Annual PhD Review.
    • The Graduate Office will provide this document to the student and his/her research advisor at the beginning of each spring semester.
    • PhD students are responsible for meeting with their research advisor to discuss their progress in the program.
    • After each student and research advisor sign the review document, the student should submit it to the Graduate Office by the specified deadline, which is typically by mid-May. Failure to submit the document on time will result in a registration hold on the student’s account.
  10. All PhD students are required to pass a Preliminary Examination.
    • 64 hour PhD students are required to schedule their prelim exam by the end of their 4th semester (excluding summers) and 6th semester for those with previous degree outside of Electrical or Computer Engineering and 96 hour PhD’s.
    • Students who have not scheduled their prelim by the appointed time will be blocked from further registration until they do so.
    • Date and location of the prelim must be scheduled through the Graduate Office at least 1 month in advance so that official notification can be provided to OGAPS.
    • Student must download the checklist and signature page from the OGAPS web site. The checklist must be signed by your advisor and Graduate Coordinator prior to the exam.
    • The prelim exam consists of a written and an oral examination.
    • For students who have passed the departmental Qualifying Exam, the written portion of the prelim exam can be waived subject to the approval of the student’s supervisory committee.
    • Students who fail the prelim exam will have one opportunity to retake the exam within 6 months of the original exam date.
    • The research proposal must be submitted to the Graduate Office within 5 business days after the prelimSee eCampus page for details.
  11. Final Defense of dissertation is required for all PhD students.
    • A dissertation proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee and submitted to the Graduate Office prior to the defense.  Typically this proposal is submitted in conjunction with the preliminary exam, but it can be submitted afterwards.
    • Date and location of the final defense must be scheduled through the Graduate Office so that official notification can be provided to OGS.
    • Dissertation must be submitted to committee members at least two weeks before defense.
  12. Composition of supervisory committee – at least 4 members total
    • At least two members from within Computer Engineering Group from ECEN.
    • At least one member not in CE Group, but in ECEN Department.
    • At least one member from outside the ECEN Department.
    • Note: Committee Chair must be ECEN faculty (or CSCE joint faculty appointment). Co-chair may be from outside department.
  13. Additional course requirements are listed under “Additional Course Requirements” found in the ECEN handbook.

E. ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • STAT 651 and STAT 652 (statistics courses) are for non-science majors and are not allowed.  Traditionally no courses will be admitted from Engineering Technology because of the non-calculus based curriculum and no approved graduate program.
  • Credit for CSCE 614 may not be allowed in addition to ECEN 651 unless approved by your research advisor.
  • Credit for CSCE 619 and CSCE 612 may not be allowed in addition to ECEN 602. Please check with your advisor.
  • No credit will be given for CSCE 601 & 602.
  • No credit will be given for the following foundation courses ECEN 214, ECEN 248, ECEN 314, ECEN 325, ECEN 350, CSCE 321, CSCE 221 and CSCE 311.

 

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