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Electrical Engineering

Master's Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Where would you like your graduate degree to take you? Will you develop a trailblazing, intelligent wireless sensor network that can detect biological or chemical agents? A new way to manage acoustic signals in speech, ultrasound, hearing aids or music? Or something entirely new?

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas offers course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

With this degree, you’ll be well-positioned for an accomplished career in tomorrow’s tech-driven world.

Graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon to accommodate working students. Because of small class sizes, you’ll work closely with distinguished faculty members to solve complex problems faced by government, businesses and consumers. You can also take advantage of the invaluable contacts we’ve developed with leading companies and corporate partners.

Our cutting-edge courses and research areas range from artificial intelligence and coding theory to speech-driven facial animation and very-large-scale integration design.

You can engage in advanced high-tech collaborative research supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and others in the industry.

Engineering classes and research are conducted at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility located four miles north of the main campus and served by a free shuttle. It brings together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technological innovation.

Outstanding student support

The College of Engineering is constantly assessing its degree programs with an eye on tomorrow’s marketplace. The college is a pioneer in developing project-oriented curricula that allow you to apply knowledge in tangible real-world applications.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School ® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Research and laboratories

We’re committed to excellence in teaching and the discovery and application of knowledge through research and creative activities. The department houses several state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories that provide you practical and advanced hands-on experiences. Some laboratories and instrumentation from other departments are also available for interdisciplinary work.

The Analog, RF and Mixed-Signal Design Laboratory features advanced electronic instrumentation and facilities for simulations, prototyping and measuring of RF/microwave components and systems.

The Autonomous Systems Laboratory focuses on decision making and inference aspects in autonomous systems such as unmanned aerial and ground vehicles with applications to search and rescue and other emergency missions.

The Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory researches coding, information theory, encryption, wireless networking and software defined radio for applications in the industry, defense and space sectors.

The Computer-Aided Design Laboratory provides infrastructure for CAD, including several workstations with the latest CAD software. Research involves the design, testing and simulation of analog, digital and mixed-signal semiconductor chip designs.

The Speech, Music and Digital Signal Processing Laboratory studies speech, ultrasound, hearing prosthetics, music (analysis, synthesis and transcription) and acoustic signals management.

The Vision, Robotics and Control Systems Laboratory researches large-scale dynamical networks, decentralized control, pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, computational intelligence, robotics and allied areas.

The Wireless Systems and Sensor Networks Laboratory focuses on system-level assurance and integration issues critical for the design of high-performance wireless networks and intelligent sensor networks.

The Texas Environmental Observatory provides near real-time data on environmental conditions in Texas using a ground-based network of observatories. It also offers cyber-infrastructure to make data available to the public and amenable to modeling, analysis and synthesis.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the general admission requirements for the graduate school and a specific set of program requirements:

  • Acceptable GRE or TOEFL scores
  • Appropriate math course work
  • Demonstration of materials covered in the leveling courses (This can be achieved by completing UNT courses, completing similar courses at another recognized institution or presenting evidence of work experience. It may also require passing a placement exam to demonstrate your knowledge.)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate electrical engineering course work

Admission is based on a holistic review of your academic background and work experience. If your undergraduate degree isn’t in electrical engineering, you’ll need to complete the leveling courses as determined by your graduate advisor.

Admission to candidacy

After fulfilling the admission requirements, you must submit a formal degree plan to your graduate advisor and the graduate school dean. Failing to do so may prevent you from enrolling the following semester. Admission to candidacy is granted by the graduate school dean after the degree plan has been approved.

Degree requirements

  • Thesis option
  • 24 credit hours of required electrical engineering courses
  • 6 credit hours of a master’s thesis course Non-thesis option
  • 33 credit hours of required electrical engineering courses
  • 3 credit hours of a directed study course

Financial assistance

You can earn scholarships based on your academic performance. Department and faculty research grants also provide teaching and research assistantships. Only master’s students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships.

Completed assistantship and admission applications must be received by the department by March 1 for the fall semester and by Oct. 1 for the spring semester