M. S. Degree in Wireless and Networking Engineering

This program has been designed to enable students to focus on any one of
the many different aspects of wireless communications and networking engineering, including circuit design, network programming, graph theoretic network design optimization, optical networking and wireless communication systems engineering. Required and elective courses are drawn from the following departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as Mathematics.

Admissions requirements are the same as those for entry into the graduate programs of the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Students must meet the following conditions:

  1. have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 out of 4.0.
  2. have a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two semesters of undergraduate study.
  3. have scores at or above the 75th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. have a GPA of at least 3.00 on a minimum of 12 hours of graduate work at other institutions - if they have performed graduate studies prior to applying to this program..
  5. or have successfuloly completed the probabtionary conditions as an associate graduate student.

These conditions are necessary but not necessarily sufficient (see the handbook for graduate students).

Background required: ECE 81, Math 309 or Math 125, ECE 125 or ECE 108, or their equivalents.

Degree requirements:

  • Successful completion of total of 30 credits hours (10 courses) is required for this degree.
  • Three (3) required courses must be completed (9 credit hours)
  • Seven (7) additional elective courses must be completed (21 credit hours) in Advanced Topics in Wireless and Networking Engineering.
  • Two of these courses (six credit hours) may be replaced by Master's thesis research.
  • The program of study proposed by the students must be approved by their advisor.

Core Courses - offered every year:

  • Communication Theory (ECE 342): Establishes the fundamental knowledge of the physical layer of a communications network, i.e., analog and digital communications techniques, modulation, line coding, pulse shaping, detection, bandwidth, basic impairments such as nonlinearities, noise and fading, and the fundamental limits on data communciations (prerquisites: ECE 125, Math 309 or Math 231)
  • Fundamentals of Wireless Communications (ECE441): Develops an understanding of basic building blocks of wireless sytems, the challenges in designing constituent blocks, and a knowledge of exisitng and future wireless systems and standards.
  • Computer Networks (ECE 404 or CSE 404): Provides an understanding of the fundamental issues in networking such as multiple access techniques, routing, congestion control, etc., and the mathematical tools necessary for developments such as queuing theory.

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with, and the approval of, the student's advisor.