Electrical Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

Doctorate of Engineering in Electrical Engineering


Academic Program

The Electrical Engineering program in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering offers graduate programs of study which lead to the MS degree (thesis and non-thesis options), the PhD degree and the Doctorate of Engineering (DE) degree. Both the Rolla campus and the Engineering Education Center in St. Louis offer MS programs. Selection of specific options and programs of study is determined by student subject to approval by advisor and department.

Graduate programs in electrical engineering will generally include specialization in one or more of the following areas:

  • Circuits and electronics – Topics include network analysis and synthesis, computer-aided circuit design, distributed circuits, communication circuits, and linear and nonlinear electronic circuits.
  • Communications and signal processing – Topics include coding, information theory, modulation, detection, filtering for both analog and digital systems, signal processing, image processing and wireless.
  • Controls and systems engineering – Topics include resilience control, sensor design, wireless sensor networks and networked control systems, process control, optimal control and estimation, robust control, neural networks, fuzzy logic based control as applied to control of aircraft, space and underwater vehicles, automobiles, chemical processes, manufacturing, robotics, environmental systems and smart structural systems.
  • Electromagnetics – Topics include electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity for high-speed electronic systems, microwaves and applications to nondestructive testing and evaluation.
  • Power – Topics include application of computer methods to power system analysis and control, power system relaying and protection, power quality load management, finite inertia power systems (such as those on ships, hybrid electric vehicles, and spacecraft), and electromechanical energy conversion devices (such as rotating machinery, power electronic converters, and electric drive systems).
  • Devices and optics – Topics include the characterization of semiconductor devices, fiber optics and sensors, optical methods applied to structural monitoring, and optical computing.
  • Power and energy – Topics include power quality, reliability, relaying, stability, computer methods, load management, vehicular power and propulsion systems for submarines, ships, hybrid electric vehicles, and air and spacecraft, and power electronics.

Research Opportunities

The Applied Optics Laboratory, Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory, Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory, Factory Automation Laboratory, and Ameren UE Power Electronics Laboratory are all located in the ECE department. In addition many ECE students and faculty are involved in research performed in multi-disciplinary research centers and laboratories located on campus. Some of these centers include the Intelligent Systems Center, High Pressure Waterjet Laboratory, Instructional Software Development Center, and the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies, and the Trustworthy Systems Laboratory.

Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory

Major activities in this laboratory include both basic R&D and applied research in the field of Microwave and Millimeter Wave Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation. Past research includes detection of surface anomalies in metals, evaluation of porosity in mortar and new application are being discovered continuously.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory

The Missouri S&T Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory supports EMC research and education projects with a goal of developing the knowledge base, tools and people necessary to solve today's EMC problems and address the EMC problems of the future.


Career Opportunities

Electrical engineers are involved in channeling natural resources into uses for man such as heating, lighting, home appliances, transportation, and communication. They are primarily concerned with the processes of generation, transmission, transformation, control, and utilization of energy or information.

Recent Missouri S&T graduates with advanced degrees (MS, or PhD) have been employed in a wide variety of organizations and industries including but not limited to: Intel, Micron Technology, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola, Adtran, NCR, Sun, Guidant, Boeing, Tellabs, and the U. S. Air Force.

A recent salary survey* conducted by IEEE yielded the following median salaries as a function of degree for engineers working in their primary area of technical competence.

PhD: Approximately $102,000 per year

Master's Degree: Approximately $95,000 per year

BS Degree: Approximately $83,000 per year

Note that the data for this survey came from a cross section of IEEE members and therefore includes both new hires and individuals with many years of experience. These median salaries should not be interpreted as median starting salaries. This data also includes members from many different geographic areas across the U.S. and includes individuals working in many different types of industries.

* IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey - 2001 Edition, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Piscataway, NJ., 2001.


Financial Assistance

Professional Societies

Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineers

ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

ACM - Association for Computer Machinery

NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

NSPE - National Society of Professional Engineers

Sigma Xi - Scientific Research Society

SWE - Society of Women Engineers

Tau Beta Pi


ECE Graduate admission information

ECE Graduate Handbook

Past Qualifying exam problems