EEE M.S. Degree Program California State University, Sacramento

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Culminating Experience - EEE 500

There are three culminating experience options:

  • Plan A - Masters Thesis (5 Units)
  • Plan B - Masters Project (2 Units)
  • Plan C - Comprehensive Examination

Selection of Plan A or Plan B requires the completion of EEE 201, Research Methodology (1 unit), 9 units of required core courses, 15-18 units of electives, and 2-5 units of Culminating Experience for a total of 30 units.  Students choosing Plan A or Plan B must submit a proposal for project or thesis to the department office prior to registering for EEE 500.  [EEE 500 Topic Form]   Students opting for Plan C, Comprehensive Exam, must complete 9 units of required core courses; 21 elective units; and take a comprehensive exam for a total of 30 units.  Students choosing Plan C must confirm their exam schedule with the Graduate Coordinator in the semester prior to taking the exam.

The Thesis Committee (Plan A) is to consist of the student's Thesis Advisor, who serves as Chairperson of the student's Thesis Committee, and two other faculty members.  The Project Committee (Plan B) is to consist of the student's Project Advisor, who serves as Chairperson of the student's Project Committee, and one other faculty member.  The committee members selected by the student must agree to serve prior to submission of the Topic Form and be approved by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department's Graduate Coordinator.

The Thesis (Plan A) must be orally presented and defended, approved by the student's Thesis Committee, and approved by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Coordinator prior to submittal of the Thesis to the Graduate Center.  The Project (Plan B) is to culminate in a report and a device or simulation which is to be demonstrated to the student's Project Committee.  The Project Report must be approved by the student's Project Committee and approved by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate Coordinator prior to submittal of the Project Report to the Graduate Center.

Students opting for Plan C, Comprehensive Exam, must have that option approved by their elective area advisor. They will not receive degree credit for EEE 500. They must complete a total of 30 units of approved course work, including core, elective core, and elective courses. They must advance to candidacy for the degree, and take a written comprehensive exam that will cover all of the material in their MS Program of Study. Students who fail may be permitted to retake the exam at its next offering; however, those who fail the exam a second time will not be allowed to continue with the Plan C option. NB: It should be recognized that industry puts a high value on project and thesis problem-solving experience, and the demonstration of technical writing skill that these options require. Graduating under the Plan C option will not provide that experience. Students taking this option should consider, with their elective area advisors, other ways of gaining that valuable experience, such as through an EEE 299 Special Problems course.