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Graduate Studies – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Learn more about the two postgraduate Electrical & Computer Engineering degree programs at Rose‑Hulman: a 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. 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.


Similarly, an MSEE degree student's plan of study is arranged by agreement between 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.


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, Electromagnetics, Electronics, Power Systems, and Signal and Image Processing.


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering requirements

1  48 credit hours, 36 credit hours of course work as approved by student's advisory committee.

2  At least 24 credit hours must be upper-level ECE courses (ECE4xx or ECE5xx)

3  At least 24 credit hours must be at the 5xx level, thus, no more than 12 credit hours of 400-level classes can count toward the MSEE degree.

4  12 credit hours of thesis work (the Institute's non-thesis option is not permitted for the MSEE degree).

5  Successful defense of thesis.

6  Acceptance of a technical article for publication and/or for conference presentation with the major professor included as a named author.


Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering degree requirements


  • 48 credit hours of course work as approved by student's academic advisor.
  • At least 32 credit hours must be upper-level ECE courses (ECE4xx or ECE5xx).
  • At least 36 credit hours must be graduate-level courses (5xx from any department, or 4xx-level Mathematics which have been approved by the student's advisory committee.) Thus no more than 12 credit hours may be 4xx level.


ECE Graduate Course Offerings



ECE 410 Communication Networks

ECE 412 Software Defined Radio

ECE 414 Wireless Systems

ECE 415 Wireless Electronics

ECE 510 Error Correcting Codes

ECE 511 Data Communications


Computer Architecture and Microcomputers

ECE 530 Advanced Microcomputers

ECE 534 Advanced Signal and Power Integrity


Control Systems

ECE 420 Discrete Time Control Systems

ECE 425 Introduction to Mobile Robotics



ECE 442 High-Speed Digital Design

ECE 540 Antenna Engineering

ECE 541 Microwave/Millimeter Wave



ECE 542 Advanced Electromagnetics

ECE597 Electromagnetic Metamaterials



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 554 Instrumentation

ECE 556 Power Electronics: DC Power Supplies

ECE557 Analog Test and Product



ECE597 Mixed Signal Test Product Engineering

ECE597 Testing of Digital Systems


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

ECE483 DSP System Design

ECE 580 Digital Signal Processing

ECE 582 Advanced Image Processing

ECE 583 Pattern Recognition

ECE 584 Medical Imaging Systems

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J.P. Mellor

Dr. Mellor, department head of Computer Science & Software Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Technology of the University of the State of New York in 1990. He earned his SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1995, and then his Ph.D. from the same institution in 2000.

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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.

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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.

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A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. Even programs like math offer classes that can be applied toward required graduate credit.

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Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in 10 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.

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.

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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.