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Academic Programs 2010-2011 Catalog Computing and Engineering, School of Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate Admission
Policy & Procedures
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Undergraduate Academic
Regulations and Student Learning Outcom es
Information
Upon graduating, students will have demonstrated that they can apply the core technologies from their
chosen concentrations or focus areas within electrical engineering and/or computer engineering. They will
Graduate Academic
Regulations and have developed an analytical mindset and acquired a skill set with engineering tools to design and
Information implement solutions to overcome engineering challenges in society. They will also have had an opportunity
to take in-depth course work in the area of computer engineering, digital signal processing, computational
Division of Student Affairs electromagnetics and antenna theory, telecommunications, power engineering and computer networking.

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Adm ission Requirem ents
Arts and Sciences, College
of Applicants for master’s level graduate studies in electrical and computer engineering should have a GPA of
at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of relevant undergraduate coursework in electrical
Biological Sciences, School
of engineering and/or computer engineering. However, if that GPA is below 3.0 but more than 2.75, and if other
indicators promise success in the program, rules may still allow probationary admission. The department
Business and Public will notify the applicant by letter after careful examination of the application packet. The following documents
Administration, Henry W. are required for admission consideration:
Bloch School of
1. Application for admission.
Computing and
Engineering, School of 2. Official transcripts of all college coursework.

Department of Civil and 3. Graduate engineering supplemental application.


Mechancial Engineering 4. Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. The applicant must score in at least
the 75th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE. Admission to our degree programs is
Department of Computer
Science & Electrical competitive and a higher score is recommended.
Engineering 5. (For international students only) A minimum test score of TOEFL 550 or CBT 213 or IBT 79 is
needed. A higher score makes the application competitive for DICE consideration. An international
Dentistry, School of
student must also place in the top 25 percent of his or her graduating class.
Education, School of 6. Two letters of recommendation for students with a GPA less than 3.0 for the last 60 hours of
undergraduate work.
Graduate Studies, School of

Law, School of
Note: High GRE verbal and quantitative scores and strong letters of recommendation may compensate for
Medicine, School of
lower TOEFL scores and GPAs.
Music and Dance, For full consideration for the semester indicated, completed applications should be received by the follwing
Conservatory of
dates:
Nursing, School of
For fall semester admission (semester starts in August):
Pharmacy, School of
U.S. students/permanent residents: June 1.
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Health International students: Jan. 15.
Faculty For spring semester admission (semester starts in January):

Appendices U.S. students/permanent residents: Nov. 1 of the preceding year.


Undergraduate Courses International students: Oct. 1 of the preceding year.

Graduate Courses U.S. citizens or permanent residents should submit application forms and required supporting materials to:

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Their telephone number is (816) 235-1111 and their e-mail address is admit@umkc.edu.

International students should use the international application form and return the application, along with
required supporting materials to:

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Office of International Student Affairs
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

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Their telephone number is (816) 235-1113 and their e-mail address is isao@umkc.edu.

Prospective students can request additional information or request information regarding their application by
contacting UMKC at the above addresses or by sending e-mail to: csee@umkc.edu.

Acceptance or Denial

After thoroughly considering an applicant's record, one of the following actions will be taken:

Normal Acceptance

The student is accepted unconditionally.

Normal Acceptance with Pre-program Requirements

This category applies to an otherwise qualified applicant who has a bachelor of science degree from an
approved program, but not in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a similarly named engineering
discipline. The student will be notified in writing of any make-up requirements specified by the master’s
committee.

Prob ationary Acceptance

Applicants with marginal credentials may be admitted conditionally. They will have to receive a B or better in
each course in the first semester of graduate coursework. In addition, make-up requirements may be set
forth by the master’s committee.

Non-Acceptance

The student is not admitted. The student will be notified in writing of the admission denial. The letter may
specify under what conditions a future application would be more favorably considered.

Starting the Program


When accepted into the program, the student’s first contact is with the electrical engineering principal
graduate adviser. At this initial meeting, a review will be made of the student’s status in the program and the
student will be required to provide a tentative program of study within the first semester. Such a program
should reflect the prerequisite courses that have been prescribed and that may have to be taken prior to
taking courses for graduate credit.

The most immediate concern is for the courses to be taken in the first semester. The principal graduate
adviser will help the student select those initial courses. Within the first semester, the student will be
assigned an academic adviser who will be the primary contact for the student until the student graduates
under the non-thesis option. If the student decides to follow the thesis option, a thesis adviser will replace
the academic adviser. In either case, it is the responsibility of the student to devise, after consultation with
their advisers, a program of study using the degree requirements and the course planning worksheet. This
should be submitted to the graduate officer, usually by the end of the second semester.

The master’s committee is in charge of handling procedural issues related to the M.S. program in electrical
engineering. Any request for exception to the rules should be handled as described below related to
petitioning procedures.

Degree Requirem ents

Concentration Areas

All students are required to complete courses in a concentration or focus areas. The approved EE-
concentration areas and associated courses are listed below. All curricular designations are E&C-ENGR,
unless indicated. Please note that course number changes are anticipated.

Computers, VLSI, and Embedded Systems Concentration Area


Courses: E&C-ENGR 5535 (Verilog HDL), E&C-ENGR 5635 (VLSI Systems), E&C-ENGR
5590ES (Embedded Systems), E&C-ENGR 5590MS (Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit Design),
E&C-ENGR 5590AN (Analog IC Design), E&C-ENGR 5590CD (Low Power on Chip Design),
E&C-ENGR 5590SD (Computer System Design and Architecture), E&C-ENGR 5590AV
(Advanced Topics in VLSI Design) and others.
Electromagnetics and Mixed Signal Systems Concentration Area
Courses: E&C-ENGR 5572 (Antennas and Propagation), E&C-ENGR 5590RF (R.F./Microwave
Techniques for Wireless Systems, cross listed as E&C-ENGR 412), TBD (Microwave
Engineering for Wireless Systems, cross listed as E&C-ENGR 414), E&C-ENGR 5606
(Advanced EM Theory), E&C-ENGR E&C-ENGR 5590MS (Mixed Signal Integrated Circuit
Design), E&C-ENGR 5590AN (Analog IC Design), E&C-ENGR 5590BP (Biomedical Signal
Processing). E&C-ENGR 5590IR (Introduction to Radar Systems Engineering) and others.
Communications and Networking Concentration Area
Courses: E&C-ENGR 5590TC (Advanced Telecomm. Networks, cross listed as COMP-SCI
5511, 5590T), E&C-ENGR 5590WC (Wireless Communications), E&C-ENGR 5590NA
(Network Architecture I, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5520), E&C-ENGR 5590NT (Network
Architecture II, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5521), E&C-ENGR 5590ND (Computer Network
Design and Analysis, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5522 ), E&C-ENGR 5590NR (Network
Routing, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5526), E&C-ENGR 5590DC (Digital Cellular
Communications, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5513), E&C-ENGR 5590ON (Optical
Networking, cross listed with COMP-SCI 5514A) and others.
Signal and Image Processing, and Biomedical Applications Concentration Area
Courses: E&C-ENGR 5590BP (Biomedical Signal Processing), E&C-ENGR 5590NN (Neural
and Adaptive Systems, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 416), E&C-ENGR 5590BB (Machine
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and Adaptive Systems, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 416), E&C-ENGR 5590BB (Machine
Learning with Biomedical Applications), E&C-ENGR 5590IP (Digital Image Processing, cross
listed with E&C-ENGR 484), E&C-ENGR 5590B (Biomedical Imaging), E&C-ENGR 5590PR
(Pattern Recognition, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 486), E&C-ENGR 5590CI (Computational
Intelligence), and others

Focus Areas in Electric Power

The department also recognizes a focus area in Electric Power. The associated courses are E&C-ENGR
401EN (Sustainable Energy Systems), E&C-ENGR 436 (Power Electronics I), E&C-ENGR 5590COMP-SCI
(Controls Systems, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 458 new), E&C-ENGR 5590PL (Electromechanical
Conversion, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 461), E&C-ENGR 466 (Power Systems I), E&C-ENGR 5590PS
(Power Systems II, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 467), E&C-ENGR 5590PD (Electric Power Distribution
Systems, cross listed with E&C-ENGR 468), E&C-ENGR 5590RE (Reliability of Electric Power Systems,
cross listed as E&C-ENGR 470), E&C-ENGR 5590PG (Power Generation Systems, cross listed as E&C-
ENGR E&C-ENGR 472), E&C-ENGR 5536 (Power Electronics II), E&C-ENGR 5568 (Economics of Power
Systems), E&C-ENGR 5590AE (Auxiliary Electric) , E&C-ENGR 5590IC (Power Plant Instrumentation and
Control), E&C-ENGR 5590SP (Transmission Planning and Impact Studies), E&C-ENGR 5564 (Lightning
and Switching Surges), E&C-ENGR 5670 (Direct Current Power Systems), E&C-ENGR 5672 (Power
Systems Relaying).

Degree Requirements

The curriculum requirements shown below (approved by the faculty in May 2009) are taking effect for
students entering the degree program in Fall 2010. The changes are mainly in concentration courses, credit
hours, and the counting of courses at the undergraduate level. All students already in the program can satisfy
either the program requirements in effect when they entered the program, (available in the catalog archives
or from your advisor), or can satisfy the program requirements below. Please ask your advisor for full details.

To earn a master of science in electrical engineering, the student must satisfy the general degree
requirements and complete coursework that fulfills the requirements according to the thesis or non-thesis
option. The specific requirements for MS in EE with the power engineering focus area are listed separately.

Specific Requirements for the MS-EE Thesis Option (30 credit hours):

1. Complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved E&C-ENGR coursework for graduate credit with a
cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
2. Additionally, complete a minimum of six additional graduate E&C-ENGR hours, including at least
three hours E&C-ENGR 5599 (Research and Thesis.) The total number of hours of E&C-ENGR 5597
(Directed Readings) or E&C-ENGR 5599 (Research and Thesis) should not exceed six.
3. Contact a thesis adviser in the semester in which the student completes 12 hours of graduate work.
4. Present evidence of research abilities in the form of a master's thesis resulting from enrollment in at
least three hours of E&C-ENGR 5599 Research and Thesis.
5. Pass a general oral examination which may cover all the work covered in the student's graduate
program.
6. Satisfy the requirements listed under the common requirement.

Specific Requirements for the MS-EE Non-Thesis Option (33 credit hours):

1. Complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved coursework for graduate credit with a cumulative GPA
of at least 3.0.
2. Additionally, complete another 3 hours of approved course work, or 3 hours of approved E&C-ENGR
5597 (Directed Readings).
3. Contact an adviser after completing 12 hours of graduate work to complete the program of study.
4. Satisfy all common requirements (see below)

Common Requirements and Limitations for both MS-EE Thesis Option and Non-Thesis
Option:

(Note that the specific requirements for the power engineering focus area are listed separately.)

1. Complete a minimum of nine hours in one EE-concentration area and a minimum of six hours in
another EE-concentration area.
2. Each student must have a plan of study approved by both the student's supervisory committee and
the graduate officer before the end of the semester in which the student completes 12 credit hours of
graduate work.
3. No more than six credit hours total from any graduate coursework taken outside the COMP-SCI EE
department and from courses numbered below E&C-ENGR 5500 can be used to satisfy degree
requirements. Each of these courses must be completed with a 3.0 or higher.
4. Coursework below the 400-level and the courses E&C-ENGR 402WI, 403WI, 460, 474, or E&C-ENGR
491 cannot be used to satisfy MS-EE degree requirements.
5. Courses cannot be identical to courses already taken for a prior degree.
6. No more than three hours of E&C-ENGR 5597 (directed readings) can be used to satisfy degree
requirements. All E&C-ENGR 5597 hours to be applied to the master of science in electrical
engineering degree requirements must be approved by the SCE Master's Committee at least six
weeks before classes begin.
7. No more than one course grade below 3.0 may be applied toward the degree requirements.
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7. No more than one course grade below 3.0 may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Specific Requirements and Limitations for the Electric Power Focus Area (33 credit hours):

1. Complete a minimum of eighteen credit hours in the Electrical Power Focus area with a GPA of 3.00
or higher.
2. Each student must have a plan of study approved by both the student's supervisory committee and
the graduate officer before the end of the semester in which the student completes 12 credit hours of
graduate work.
3. No more than six credit hours total from any graduate coursework taken outside the COMP-SCI EE
Department and from courses numbered below E&C-ENGR 5500 can be used to satisfy degree
requirements. Each of these courses must be completed with a 3.0 or higher.
4. Coursework below the 400-level and the courses E&C-ENGR 402WI, 403WI, 460, 474, or E&C-ENGR
491 cannot be used to satisfy MS-EE degree requirements.
5. E&C-ENGR 5598 and 5599 cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements under this option, nor will
E&C-ENGR 5597 (Directed Readings) be approved in the Electric Power Focus.

Thesis Option
The Comprehensive Final Examination is required of all candidates for the master of science degree under
the thesis option. It is arranged by the graduate faculty adviser. It is to be conducted prior to the deadline date
established by the Graduate School for the semester of intended graduation. Prior to the date of the
examination, each member of the committee is furnished a copy of the candidate’s final thesis for review and
discussion at the time of the final examination.

If pursuing the thesis option, the thesis must be submitted in complete typewritten form to the adviser and
supervisory committee at least six weeks before the date the advanced degree is to be conferred. Also, the
supervisory committee must have access to the thesis at least one week before the date of the defense.
Students must comply with all rules and regulations governing theses outlined in the general catalog under
General Graduate Academic Regulations and Information.

Directed Readings
Up to three hours of E&C-ENGR 5597 Directed Readings or E&C-ENGR 5697 Advanced Directed Readings,
is allowed toward the master of science in electrical engineering. Such a course must be approved in
advance (i.e., before the student takes the course) by the professor supervising the course and the graduate
committee. The following information must be furnished:

Title of the course.


Detailed syllabus for the course.
Textbook and references.
The manner in which the course will be conducted (i.e. meetings, assignments, etc.).

The manner in which the students are assessed (i.e. how many exams, presentations, reports, etc.).
The course which it replaces, if appropriate.
Name(s) of the instructor(s).
Name(s) of the student(s.)
Reasons for offering this course in a directed readings format.

Fast Track (B.S/C.S)


See the Fast Track section under Electrical and Computer Engineering in the undergraduate catalog for
information about the Fast Track Electrical Engineering Program.

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