Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) provides students with advanced engineering education in Electrical or Computer Engineering degree options. The overarching goal of the program is to enhance the students' ability to be successful and advance in their chosen careers in industry, academia, and public instruction. The program provides opportunities for integration and cross areas of electrical and computer engineering students to do research and project in the following areas:

  • VLSI System Design
  • Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems
  • High Frequency Electronics
  • Communications
  • Control Systems and Robotics
  • Power Electronics.

The graduate program of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), Electrical Engineering Option.
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), Computer Engineering Option.

The goals of graduate program are:

  1. Enhance the students' understanding of advanced theoretical and practical concepts in engineering.
  2. Allow students to achieve an appropriate level of competence in solving practical problems.
  3. Develop students' critical thinking skills necessary for mastering new topics related to the advances in engineering.
  4. Allow students to acquire substantive knowledge that will permit them to pursue advanced academic or industrial work.

Degree Requirements
Both MSE degree options require intensive study in broad area of engineering with the completion of a minimum of 30 units of courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, culminated by a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination based on the following tables. 

Electrical Engineering Degree

MSE in Electrical Engineering (30 units Program)

Core Courses Required 10 units: ENGR 200 Seminar in Engineering (1); ENGR 201 System Modeling and Realization (3); ECE 224 Advanced Signals and Systems (3); One Course from ECE 230, ECE 241, ENGR 206 (3)
Thesis Option
  • Major Courses: 6 units (select from the 200-level ECE Courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units ( select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator
  • Thesis: 6 units (ECE 299)
Project Option
  • Major Courses: 9 units (select from the 200-level ECE courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units (select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator)
  • Project: 3 units (ECE 298)
Exam Option
  • Major Courses: 12 units (select from the 200-level ECE courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units (select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator)
  • Comprehensive Exam: 0 units


Computer Engineering Degree

MSE in Computer Engineering (30 units Program)

Core Courses Required 10 units: ENGR 200 Seminar in Engineering (1); ENGR 201 System Modeling and Realization (3); ECE 278 Embedded System (3); One Course from ECE 240, ECE 242, ECE 274 (3)
Thesis Option
  • Major Courses: 6 units (select from the 200-level ECE Courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units ( select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator
  • Thesis: 6 units (ECE 299)
Project Option
  • Major Courses: 9 units (select from the 200-level ECE courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units (select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator)
  • Project: 3 units (ECE 298)
Exam Option
  • Major Courses: 12 units (select from the 200-level ECE courses)
  • Elective Courses: 8 units (select from 200-level ECE courses, 100-level ECE courses, and other 200-level courses approved by Graduate Coordinator)
  • Comprehensive Exam: 0 units

 Admission Summary Requirements

  • An applicant must have a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited program in Electrical or Computer Engineering or a bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering, natural science, or other appropriate program.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) prior to entry in the MSE programs is required.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) quantitative score of 150.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A minimum score of 80 Internet-based TOEFL score for foreign students.

For complete admission requirements, deadlines and procedures to apply refer to the Division of Graduate Studies and International Student Service and Programs at California State University, Fresno at the following links:

  • Click here for link to Online Applications for both Domestic Students as well as link to Online Application for International Students.

Click here to link to Graduate Courses in the ECE department.  For departmental detail program requirements and courses refer to the Graduate Program Handbook, or contact the Graduate Program Coordinator:

Reza Raeisi, PhD
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: rraeisi@csufresno.edu
Phone: (559) 278-6038

Click here to download the ECE department graduate program e-brochure.