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Graduate Studies – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Learn more about the two postgraduate Electrical & Computer Engineering degree programs at Rose‑Hulman: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering (MECE).

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Two post-graduate degree programs are offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree, that requires a thesis and a publication, and the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering (MECE) degree that does not require a thesis or a publication, but instead requires 12 credit hours of additional course work.

Both degree programs combine mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science to meet the demands of the highly volatile field of electrical and computer engineering. A student's plan of study for the MSEE degree is arranged by the student, the student's advisory committee chairperson, and the student's advisory committee. The MSEE student's advisory committee must consist of at least (1) an RHIT ECE faculty member serving as the major advisor who guides the student's thesis research, (2) a second RHIT ECE faculty member, and (3) an RHIT faculty member from outside of the ECE department. Similarly, an MECE student's plan of study is arranged on an individual basis through a joint agreement between the student and his or her academic advisor, who must be a member of the RHIT ECE faculty.

Both degree programs seek to build upon the basic foundations established by the student's undergraduate course of study. The student's plan of study may reflect a desire to concentrate on a specialized interest or a desire for a better understanding of the broad underlying theories of the entire profession.

Special areas of interest within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department include Communications, Computer Architecture and Microcomputers, Control Systems and Robotics, Electromagnetics, Electronics, MEMS, Power Systems, and Signal and Image Processing.

The objective of both programs, the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, is to prepare graduates for early career advancement in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering by building upon their undergraduate training with advanced coursework and concentrated study of problems and topics relevant to the field.

Graduates of the MECE and MSEE programs will have the ability to...

1. develop behavioral models of electrical/computing systems or devices using theory, measurement, simulation, or physical understanding;

2. analyze and design systems by synthesizing or extending foundational knowledge as appropriate;

3. solve open-ended/ill-defined problems by identifying requirements, learning independently, and evaluating the quality and feasibility of solutions.

Graduates of the MSEE program will have the ability to...

4. compile and describe previous work related to the thesis topic

5. demonstrate to the engineering community how their original work contributes to the field through written and verbal communication.


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) requirements

  • 48 credit hours, 36 credit hours of course work as approved by the student's advisory committee.
  • At least 24 credit hours must be upper-level ECE courses (ECE4xx or ECE5xx)
  • No more than 12 credit hours of 400-level classes can count toward the MSEE degree.
  • 12 credit hours of thesis work (the Institute's non-thesis option is not permitted for the MSEE degree).
  • Successful defense of thesis.

Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering (MECE) degree requirements

  • 48 credit hours of course work as approved by the student's academic advisor.
  • At least 32 credit hours must be upper-level ECE courses (ECE4xx or ECE5xx).
  • No more than 12 credit hours of 400-level classes can count toward the MECE degree.

ECE Graduate Course Offerings


  • ECE 412 Software Defined Radio
  • ECE 414 Wireless Systems
  • ECE 510 Error-Correcting Codes
  • ECE 511 Data Communications 
  • ECE 512 Probability, Random Processes, and Estimation

Computer Architecture and Microcomputers

  • ECE 433 Advanced Digital System Design with Verilog HDL
  • ECE 434 Embedded Linux
  • ECE 530 Advanced Microcomputers
  • ECE 534 Advanced Signal and Power Integrity
  • ECE531 Digital Test and Product Engineering
  • ECE 532 Advanced Topics in Computer Architecture 
  • ECE 497 CUDA Programming on GPU
  • ECE 597 Internet of Things

Control Systems and Robotics

  • ECE 420 Discrete-Time Control Systems
  • ECE 425 Introduction to Mobile Robotics


  • ECE 540 Antenna Engineering
  • ECE 541 Microwave/Millimeter Wave
  • ECE 542 Advanced Electromagnetics
  • ECE 597 Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Electronics and MEMS

  • ECE 452 Power Electronics
  • ECE 454 System Level Analog Electronics
  • ECE 516 Introduction to MEMS
  • ECE 519 Advanced MEMS
  • ECE 551 Digital Integrated Circuit Design
  • ECE 552 Analog Integrated Circuit Design
  • ECE 553 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
  • ECE 556 Power Electronics: DC Power Supplies
  • ECE 557 Analog Test and Product
  • ECE 558 Mixed Signal Test Product Engineering 

Power Systems

  • ECE 452 Power Electronics
  • ECE 470 Power Systems I
  • ECE 471 Industrial Power Systems
  • ECE 472 Power Systems II
  • ECE 473 Control of Power Systems 

Signal and Image Processing

  • ECE 480 Introduction to Image Processing
  • ECE 481 Electronic Music Synthesis
  • ECE 483 DSP System Design
  • ECE 580 Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 582 Advanced Image Processing
  • ECE 584 Medical Imaging Systems
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Dr. Mario Simoni

Dr. Mario Simoni, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, is an innovative educator who stays on the leading edge of technical advances in electronics and electrical systems. He recently developed seven new courses for the department’s curriculum, and brought systems engineering concepts into the capstone design experience.

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Moench Hall F105
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Admissions, Programs of Study, and Courses

Our graduate program offers a variety of courses and programs taught by passionate and experienced professors to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Learn more about our admissions process, and the programs and courses we are proud to offer.


There are a variety of options for both traditional and non-traditional students at Rose-Hulman. Learn more about how to apply for graduate school.


Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in eight different programs. Some programs offer evening classes off campus to make it possible for professionals to continue to work fulltime while earning their graduate degree.


A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. 

Research Facilities

There are seven research facilities on our campus all operating with the dual mission of providing education, as well as performing research and development. Projects at the facilities reflect faculty and student interests, as well as industry needs. As part of the graduate program at Rose-Hulman, you will likely participate in thesis research in one of our facilities.

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John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

This 40,000-square-foot facility is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. There is ample laboratory space for project-based education.

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Rose-Hulman Ventures

Rose-Hulman Ventures is a program that brings together students and technology-based companies. For students, the program provides the best engineering professional practice experience possible. In turn, this provides businesses with prototypes, refinements to the design of existing products and expansion in current engineering capabilities. The facility is on the south campus of Rose-Hulman.

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JRSI Laboratory

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Mechanical testing in the lab is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine.

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing is the Director of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of Lifelong Learning, and Head of the Department of Engineering Management. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering, mathematics and statistics, manufacturing systems and workforce education and development.
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Graduate Studies
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Phone: 812-877-8403
Fax: 812-877-8061
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