The Master of Science degree has both research and professional tracks. The research track provides the student the opportunity to work on a thesis (applied or basic in nature) under the close supervision of a faculty advisor. The minimum requirements for the research track are 24 credits of graduate course work and preparation and defense of a thesis (6 credits) on a topic in the student’s primary area of interest. For the professional option, the minimum requirement is 30 credits of graduate course work.
Course selection for either the research or the professional tracks is developed by the student in consultation with the student’s advisor and following guidelines set by the department. The course plan may include courses in and outside of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A list of courses is available to MS students and can be found at http://engineering.pitt.edu/ECE/Graduate/Electrical/Programs/