Program Description

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has created an exciting and uniquely designed program of graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. This degree offers several options: thesis or non-thesis, with the latter available with an electric power focus area. In the thesis option, the student has the opportunity to engage in research that builds upon coursework to reach the forefront in the chosen area. This degree option prepares graduates for a wide variety of future opportunities, whether it is in corporate research, product development, management or entrepreneurial endeavors. It also prepares graduates for doctoral studies. The overall goal is to put graduates into a position to be leading technology developers and innovators. The MSEE degree program provides the student with opportunities to study topics such as wireless communications, signal processing, computer architectures, digital systems, VLSI design, embedded system design, low-power chip design, image processing, computational electromagnetics, antenna theory, computer networking and neural networks. Alternately, the student can select the focus area emphasizing electric power, designed to easily fit into the schedule of full-time working engineers. The various emphasis/focus areas have been developed in consultation with industry, engineering firms and utilities. Contact info: (816) 235-1193,

Admission Requirements

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 Engineering and/or Computer Engineering. However, if the GPA is below 3.0 but more than 2.75, and if other academic indicators promise success in the program, rules may still allow probationary admission. The following documents are required for consideration for admission:

  1. Completed application form for graduate (masters) admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work.
  3. Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.  The applicant must score at least 75th percentile in the quantitative portion of the GRE; a 30th percentile score in the verbal portion of the GRE is recommended.
  4. For international applicants a minimum test score of 79 (IBT) or 6.5 (IELTS) is necessary.   (The older TOEFL and CBT scores will no longer be acceptable.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation are needed for applicants with an overall GPA less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program.

The complete application package is then carefully reviewed by the graduate admissions committee. The decision to admit an applicant to the graduate (MSEE) degree program with or without DISA (Dean's International Scholarship Award)  rests on this graduate admissions committee. The chair of the graduate committee communicates the recommendations of the graduate committee to the CSEE department chair, who in turn formally notifies the applicant of the decision.

Applications will be reviewed by the master’s committee when all the necessary documents are received.  For full consideration for the semester indicated and priority for scholarship applications, it is recommended that completed applications be received by the following dates:

  • For fall semester admission (semester starts in August):
    • U.S. students/permanent residents: June 1.
    • International students: January 15.
  • For spring semester admission (semester starts in January):
    • U.S. students/permanent residents: November 1 of the preceding year.
    • International students: October 1 of the preceding year.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply online at or 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

International students can apply online at or fax application to 573-884-4894 and send all supporting documents to:

Mailing Address
International Student Affairs Office
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Student Success Center, G-04
5000 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Their telephone number is (816) 235-1113 and their e-mail address is

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:

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.

Probationary 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.


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.

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.

Starting the Program

When accepted into the program, the student’s first contact is with the electrical engineering principal graduate advisor. 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 advisor will help the student select those initial courses. Within the first semester, the student will be assigned an academic advisor 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 advisor will replace the academic advisor. In either case, it is the responsibility of the student to devise, after consultation with their advisors, 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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 have developed an analytical mindset and acquired a skill set with engineering tools to design and implement solutions to overcome engineering challenges in society. They will also have had an opportunity for in-depth course work in the areas of Computer Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, R.F./Electromagnetics and Mixed-Signal Systems, Telecommunications, Networking, Digital Signal and Image processing, Power Systems Engineering.

Degree Requirements

Concentration Areas

All students are required to complete courses in a concentration or focus areas. The approved EE-concentration (or focus) areas and the associated courses are listed below. All curricular designations are E&C-ENGR, unless indicated.

Computers, VLSI, and Embedded Systems

E&C-ENGR 5534Computer Arithmetic3
E&C-ENGR 5535Hdl-Based Digital Systems Design3
E&C-ENGR 5528Advanced Embedded Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5542Introduction to VLSI Design3
E&C-ENGR 5635Vlsi Systems Design3
E&C-ENGR 5642Advanced VLSI Design3
And others

RF/Electromagnetics and Mixed Signal Systems

E&C-ENGR 5513Advanced Principles of RF/Microwave Engineering3
E&C-ENGR 5518Advanced Radar Systems & Techniques3
E&C-ENGR 5533Analog Integrated Circuit Design3
E&C-ENGR 5537Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design3
E&C-ENGR 5572Antennas & Propagation For Wireless Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5606Electromagnetic Scattering and Antenna Theory3
And others

Communications and Networking

E&C-ENGR 477Introduction to Wireless Networking3
E&C-ENGR 5570Principles of Digital Communication Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5577Wireless Communications3
CSEE 5110Network Architecture I3
CSEE 5112Computer Network Design and Analysis3
CSEE 5113Network Routing3
E&C-ENGR 5318Dynamical Systems and Complex Networks3
And others

Signal & Image Processing, and Biomedical Applications

E&C-ENGR 5580Digital Signal Processing3
E&C-ENGR 5316Artificial Neural and Adaptive Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5586Pattern Recognition3
E&C-ENGR 5590BPSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Biomedical Signal Processing)3
E&C-ENGR 5590BBSpecial Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Machine Learning with Biomedical Applications)3
E&C-ENGR 5590IPSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Digital Image Processing)3
E&C-ENGR 5590BSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Biomedical Imaging)3
E&C-ENGR 5590CISpecial Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Computational Intelligence)3
And others

Focus Areas in Electric Power

The department recognizes a focus area in Electric Power. The available courses in this focus area are as listed below.

E&C-ENGR 436Power Electronics I3
E&C-ENGR 5536Power Electronics II3
E&C-ENGR 5556Instrumentation and Control3
E&C-ENGR 5558Automatic Control System Design3
E&C-ENGR 5560Electric Power Distribution Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5567Power Systems II3
E&C-ENGR 5568Economics of Power Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5569Reliability of Electric Power Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5590ENSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Sustainable Energy Systems for Engineering)3
E&C-ENGR 5590PQSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Power Quality)3
E&C-ENGR 5590SPSpecial Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Transmission System Planning & Impact Studies)3
E&C-ENGR 5664Lightning and Switching Surges in Power Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5670Direct Current Power Systems3
E&C-ENGR 5672Power Systems Relaying3

Degree Requirements

Beginning Fall 2013 all MSEE students (both thesis and non-thesis options) are required to complete the following course requirements:

  1. The student has to complete the requirement of 4 courses from one of the 5 areas (4 concentration and one focus area). The list of these fundamental courses from each concentration/focus area is given below.
    Computers, VLSI and Embedded Systems
    E&C-ENGR 5642Advanced VLSI Design (Computers, VLSI and Embedded Systems)3
    or E&C-ENGR 5528 Advanced Embedded Systems
    Communications and Networking
    E&C-ENGR 5570Principles of Digital Communication Systems3
    or E&C-ENGR 5577 Wireless Communications
    RF/Electromagnetics & Mixed Signal Systems
    E&C-ENGR 5513Advanced Principles of RF/Microwave Engineering3
    Signal & Image Processing, and Biomedical Applications
    E&C-ENGR 5580Digital Signal Processing3
    Focus Areas in Electric Power
    E&C-ENGR 5567Power Systems II3
  2. The student now has to further choose 2 courses (with the E&C-ENGR designator) from the list in the above concentration/focus areas. (There is room for flexibility on how these ECE courses may be chosen.)

  3. The student now has the following options to exercise for either thesis and non-thesis option areas:

    1. Student may take all the remaining 4 courses that are cross-listed with a CSEE designation and does not need any approval from the graduate (MSEE) committee (non-thesis option).

    2. Student can take all the remaining 4 courses outside the MSEE degree program in which case they have to be approved by the graduate (MSEE) committee (non-thesis option).

    3. Student can take up to 2 courses, and depending on advisor’s input, one of these two courses can be a directed reading course (thesis option).

Note: a MSEE thesis is a total of 6 credit hours (typically equivalent to 2 instructional/lecture courses).

For any option (thesis or non-thesis) the total number of credit hours needed for completion of the MSEE degree program is 30.

The preceding change in requirements towards completion of the MSEE degree program was approved and voted by the ECE graduate faculty on December 10, 2012.  The changes to the degree program requirements were then further approved by the CSEE faculty in January 2013These changes will be effective Fall 2013.

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 advisor. 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 advisor 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 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.

BS/MS Electrical and Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering

See the BS/MS section under Electrical and Computer Engineering in the undergraduate catalog for information about the Program.