Degree Requirements (30 units)

The faculty of the department is pleased to provide you with this information manual. You are expected to read this entire manual. Failure to become aware of the information presented may well delay your graduation! If you have any questions, make sure to ask an adviser.

If you have not already done so, you should purchase a University catalog or access it online. The semester schedule of classes is also available online.The schedule contains much more than the listing of classes being offered during the semester. It also contains important rules and regulations. The most up to date version of the Electrical Engineering class schedule is posted on a bulletin board next to the department office (A342). You should check this schedule regularly to note any changes in classes offered or assigned instructors.

Advisers are available to answer questions as they arise. You are strongly encouraged to see an adviser prior to each registration. Additionally, you must see an adviser your first semester of attendance. This is an orientation session where the adviser makes sure that you understand all the rules. At the same time, a graduate program is filed. When the Adviser and Department Chair approve this program, it becomes like a contract. You may not take any courses to count toward the degree until a program is filed.

Degree Requirements (30 units)

A total of 30-semester units are required, including at least 18 units of 5000-level (graduate) courses. A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required. Completion of the program requires passing the Writing Proficiency Examination  if required by the University depending on your undergraduate degree, and writing an acceptable thesis or completion of a comprehensive examination. Students should consult the CSULA General Catalog for further information.

The advice and approval of the electrical engineering graduate adviser must be obtained before enrolling in any course.

Area of Specialization (18-30 units)

You must take at least 18 units of 5000-level courses in your area (s) of specialization. If you choose to do a thesis, the research and thesis units count as part of this requirement. The distribution of courses in the area of specialization depends on whether you choose a thesis or comprehensive exam (See Section IX of this handbook). If you choose a comprehensive exam, you will need at least two areas of specialization, while those choosing a thesis may have only one. The currently available areas are:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Systems Engineering

The listing of courses in each area is available from your adviser.

Electives in Electrical Engineering (0-12 units)

The electives consist of  5000 or 4000-level courses in electrical Engineering. They will normally be those courses related to the 5000-level courses selected in the specialization.

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis (0, 3 units)