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Last Updated 2012-06-08

Electrical Engineering MSEE



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

Electrical Engineering is one of the oldest disciplines in Engineering, but it has considerably evolved over the years. Students in UCF’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering receive a broad background in areas such as communications, controls/robotics, digital signal processing, electromagnetics, power electronics and electronics, electro-optics/photonics, solid state and microelectronics, and very large-scale integration (VLSI) while specializing in a research area of their interest.

Please visit the EEMS Program for detailed description of degree requirements. A current list of EE courses can be found at Graduate EE Courses. Typically, students can begin registering for Summer, Fall, and Spring of the following year in mid-late March. See UCF Registration Practices to get an idea of how to do this. In all programs, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in all coursework taken since admission into the program.

Master's students may choose one of two options – the thesis option or the nonthesis option. Both are 30-semester-hour programs. The latter requires slightly more coursework and, of course, does not require that a thesis be written. MS nonthesis option students must, in their last term, submit to the EECS Graduate Committee, a portfolio detailing all major activities in which they have participated as a result of their tenure in the program. This should include a SASS audit, resume, and details of term papers, and projects that they have completed as part of their coursework.

MS Degree

  1. At least 30 semester hours of credit at the 5000-6000 level. At least half of these must be at the 6000 level, and under no circumstances can they contain Doctoral Research credit or undergraduate credit. Up to 6 credit hour of approved independent study may be counted toward degree requirements.

  2. Most of the courses should be taken from one of the technical areas of concentration, listed in the Graduate Catalog. The EE areas of concentration are: Electromagnetics and Optics (EO), Micro-Systems and Nano-Systems (MNS), and Signal Processing and Systems (SPS).

  3. Although there are no specific required courses in the EE areas of concentration, an MS student must have his or her Plan of Study approved by the graduate coordinator before the completion of 9 credit hours into the program. 

  4. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of electives plus 6 credit hours of thesis research (EEL 6971).

  5. The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of electives and a culminating portfolio. 

In addition to coursework and thesis work (for thesis students), all students should also be engaged in reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. This can be accomplished through Directed Research and Independent Study courses.

Curriculum

The master’s program offers both a thesis option and a nonthesis option in a technical specialization area. The thesis option requires 30 credit hours of courses that includes 24 credit hours of formal coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of coursework with 24 credit hours of formal coursework with a possibility of 6 credit hours of Independent Study (e.g., XXX 6908) based on availability of interested faculty.

Articulation

Undergraduate articulation courses are required to be completed prior to admission for students who do not hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In particular, the articulation courses specified below, plus all of the prerequisite string which any of them require, must be completed prior to admission. Grades of "B" or higher must be obtained in each articulation course specified below. Articulation courses are not eligible for inclusion on a graduate Program of Study.

  • EEL 3123C Network and Systems
  • EEE 3307C Electronics I
  • EEL 3470 Electromagnetic Fields
  • EEL 3552 Signal Analysis and Communications
  • EEE 3350 Semiconductor Devices I

In addition, choose one of the following:

  • EEL 3657 Linear Control Systems
  • EEE 4309C Electronics II
  • EEL 4750 Digital Signal Processing Fundamentals

Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours

There are no required courses within a specialization area, however, all students (thesis and nonthesis) must choose at least 24 credit hours of formal courses, excluding research-related courses and Independent Study (XXX 6908) that emphasize their specialization area. Courses from outside specialization areas could also be chosen if they are approved by the student's adviser and incorporated into the Program of Study for the student.

The Program of Study (POS) form must be approved by an adviser in the selected specialization area no later than the end of the second semester after admission. The program of study must meet all the university requirements specified in the graduate catalog and must also receive departmental-level and college-level approval.

Suggested Courses for the MSEE Program

The Electrical Engineering Program supports a number of specialization areas. These technical areas are: Electromagnetics and Optics (EO), Signal Processing and Systems (SPS), and Micro-Systems and Nano-Systems (MNS). The Micro-Systems and Nano-Systems area covers the typical Electrical Engineering topic areas of Electronics, Power Electronics and Micro-Electronics, while the Signal Processing and Systems area covers the typical electrical topic areas of communications, controls, and signal processing.

For each one of these areas there is a suggested list of courses stated below. Students are also allowed to take courses from other specialization areas, but the majority of their courses should be chosen from courses in their specialization area.

Electromagnetics and Optics (EO) 
  • EEE 5542 Random Processes I (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5557 Introduction to Radar Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5437C Microwave Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5439C RF and Microwave Communications (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5462C Antenna Analysis and Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5432 Satellite Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  • EEL 6425C RF and Microwave Measurement Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6463 Antenna Analysis and Design II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6488 EM Theory II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6481 Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6482 Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6489 Advanced Topics in Electromagnetics (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6504 Communication System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6530 Communication Theory (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 5426 Special Functions (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 5435 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers (3 credit hours)
  • MAP 6424 Transform Methods (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5041 Introduction to Wave Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5414 Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6111 Optical Wave Propagation (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6115 Interference and Diffraction (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6143 Fiber Optics Communications (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6211 Fourier Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6225 Radiometry and Detection (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6421 Integrated Optics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6432 Fundamentals of Photonics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6445 High Speed Photonics (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6455C Photonics Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6525 Laser Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6615L Optoelectronic Device Fabrication Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6525 Laser Engineering (3 credit hours)
Micro-Systems and Nano-Systems (MNS) 
  • BME 5572 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5245C Power Electronics (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5332C Thin Film Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5352C Semiconductor Materials and Device Characterization (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5353 Semiconductor Device Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5356C Fabrication of Solid-State Devices (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5370 Operational Amplifiers (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5378 CMOS Analog and Digital Circuit Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5390C Full-Custom VLSI Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5555 Surface Acoustic Wave Devices and Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6317 Power Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6358 Advanced Semiconductor Device I (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6246 Power Electronics II (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6326C MEMS Fabrication Laboratory (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6338 Advanced Topics in Microelectronics (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6371 Advanced Electronics I (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6372 Advanced Topics in Electronics (3 credit hours)
Signal Processing and Systems (SPS) 
  • EEE 5513 Digital Signal Processing Applications (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5542 Random Processes I (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5557 Introduction to Radar Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6504 Adaptive Digital Signal Processing Applications (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 6508 Advanced Topics in Digital Signal Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5825 Pattern Recognition (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5630 Digital Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5173 Linear Systems Theory (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6504 Communication  System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6530 Communication Theory (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6590 Advanced Topics in Communications (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6823 Image Processing II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5825 Pattern Recognition (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6812 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5630 Digital Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5173 Linear Systems Theory (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6619 Nonlinear Robust Control (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6621 Nonlinear Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6662 Design of Robot Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6667 Planning and Control for Mobile Robotic Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6671 Modern and Optimal Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6674 Optimal Estimation for Control (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6616 Adaptive Control (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6680 Advanced Topics in Modern Control Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6683 Cooperative Control of Networked Autonomous Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6812 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6823 Image Processing II (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5669 Autonomous Robotic Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 6026 Optimization of Engineering Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5015 Multimedia Compression in the Internet (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 5415 Computer Vision (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6411 Computer Vision Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6412 Advanced Computer Vision (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6419 3D Computer Vision (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

The thesis option requires 6 credit hours of thesis work (EEL 6971) in addition to the 24 credit hours of formal elective courses.

  • EEL 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours, taken twice)

 Please note the following requirements for this option:

  • 24 credit hours of courses must be taken in the student’s chosen specialization area.
  • No more than 6 credits of thesis (EEL 6971) will be counted toward the degree requirement.
  • At least half of the coursework, including Thesis XXX 6971, must be at the 6000-level (typically at least 15 credit hours).
  • Thesis students who are full time must continue to enroll in three credit hours of thesis coursework each semester until the thesis requirement is satisfied, beyond the minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis, but only 6 hours total will count toward the degree requirement.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

The nonthesis option is especially suited for part-time students. Nonthesis students must complete 6 credit hours of electives in addition to the 24 credit hours of formal coursework described above.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

If approved by the student's adviser, the student may include a total of 6 credit hours as an Independent Study (XXX 6908). At least half of the coursework must be at the 6000-level (typically at least 15 credit hours).

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of their portfolio of activities by the course withdrawal date of the semester prior to their intended graduation. Portfolio requirements are listed on the EECS website at http://www.eecs.ucf.edu/.

Transfer Credits 

Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UCF may transfer up to 9 credit hours of 5000-level or higher coursework, with grades of B or higher, toward the MSEE degree. Alternatively, a maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred of graduate work conducted elsewhere from an accredited institution. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Electrical Engineering MSEE program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 per semester.


Track Curriculum: Accelerated BS to MSEE



Up to 12 credit hours of approved 5000- and 6000-level courses of grades "B" (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees.

Undergraduate Requirements

Application must be made no earlier than the semester after completing 60 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree yet before completing 90 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required prior to admission. 

Graduate Requirements

A complete application to the master's degree program must be received before admission deadlines of the semester in which the master's enrollment will commence. Students satisfy all requirements for master's admission in order to continue in the program once the bachelor's degree is awarded. At time of application for master's admission, students must specify BSMS-Accelerated as the master's degree track at time of graduate admission application to the MSEE program.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Electrical Engineering MSEE program pay a $63 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $31 per semester.


Timeline for Completion

Students must follow a prescribed, yet flexible path, achieving milestones along the way. Although there is no guarantee that each student will be able to complete all the requirements, if a student is hard working and diligent, and is a full-time graduate student, he or she should be able to complete a master’s program within 1 to 2 years. For nonthesis master’s students who are working full-time and going to school part-time, it may take 4 to 6 years to earn the degree.

Advising/Mentoring

Advising and mentoring are two very important elements in a graduate student’s career. Upon acceptance into the CpE program, graduate students are assigned an academic adviser. This person advises the student on course selections during the early stages of the student’s graduate career. For thesis-option MS students, the academic adviser needs to be rapidly replaced by a research adviser who serves as course adviser and research mentor. The research adviser may or may not be the person initially assigned as academic adviser, depending primarily on the research path the student chooses.

The student/research adviser relationship is not irrevocable for either the student or the faculty member. The most common reason for change is incompatibility of research agendas between the adviser and the student. For this reason, students should not only talk to potential advisers, but also to students already in the adviser’s research group to learn first-hand the dynamics of the group and the expectations of students in the group. While changes are natural and acceptable, we highly discourage students to jump from one adviser to another, especially when there is financial support involved. Moreover, when a student starts a research project with an adviser, that student has a professional obligation to complete the agreed-upon research tasks to the best of his or her capabilities, leaving everything in a state that makes it easy for another student to continue the work. Additionally, the student has a moral obligation to not use the unpublished research results of one adviser’s group when moving to another group, unless that is agreed upon by the first adviser. Of course, this does not preclude use of published results or of general knowledge gained in the research area and its accepted practices, results and tools.

Roles and Responsibilities

Faculty Adviser
  • The adviser helps the student select which courses to take.

  • The adviser (in consultation with the student) develops the student’s plan of study.

  • The adviser directs the student’s research.

  • For MS thesis option, the adviser reviews and approves the student’s thesis.

  • The adviser often provides financial support for the student (based on a research grant).

Student
  • The student takes coursework as required, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • The student maintains a full course load and works diligently to complete all requirements in a timely manner.

  • The student (in consultation with the faculty adviser) develops a plan of study prior to completing the first 9 hours of coursework.

  • The student identifies (in consultation with the faculty adviser) a suitable research topic.

  • The student works in the lab or field or other venue as needed to complete his or her research.

  • The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all university deadlines, rules, and regulations – see the section titled Student Responsibilities in the Graduate Catalog.

  • If a student wants to change faculty advisers, the student should discuss the situation with his or her current faculty adviser first, and then request the change through the graduate coordinator. The change must be approved by the current faculty adviser, the new faculty adviser, and the graduate coordinator

Plan of Study (POS)

The Plan of Study (POS), sometimes referred to as the Plan of Study, is an agreement between the student and the program listing requirements for completing the degree. All Electrical Engineering graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study (POS) developed by the student and his or her adviser that lists the specific courses to be taken as part of the degree. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in his or her POS, as well as in all coursework taken since entering the program.

No coursework can appear on a POS that is more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.  

The POS must be filed prior to the completion of 9 credit hours after admission to the program. This is mandatory. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a "hold" on future registration for noncompliance. The POS can, and usually will, be revised later to reflect changes in the courses actually taken, but it is crucial that a POS be on file, signed by the student and the faculty adviser, and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Any variation from the current POS must be approved by research adviser and Graduate Program Coordinator and then immediately reflected in an updated POS.

The POS for students is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college, and department rules for minimum number of hours, etc. (see Program Requirements, above).  

A student should periodically review his/her GPS report (Degree Audit) to track the ‘official’ progress towards his/her degree. Visit my.ucf.edu, and from your home page choose the Graduate Plan of Study under the "Degree Audit” section on the lower right hand corner of the page.

Transfer of Credit

MS students, with the approval of their adviser and the graduate coordinator, can transfer up to 9 credit hours, of B grade (3.0) or better, in graduate coursework (no Independent Study/Thesis credit) from another program at UCF or from an regionally accredited institution. This must appear on the initial POS submitted by the student within their first 9 credit hours in the CpE graduate program.

In no case can courses with a grade below a B (3.0) be transferred, nor can undergraduate credit.

Course Schedule

A typical nonthesis MS degree program (concentration area: Signal Processing and Systems)

Year 1 

FallSpring
  • EEL 5542 Random Processes I
  • EEL 5513 Digital Signal Processing Applications
  • EEL 5630 Digital Control Systems
  • EEL 6530 Communication Theory
  • EEL 6502 Adaptive Digital Signal Processing Applications
  • EEL 6616 Adaptive Control

Semester Total: 9 credit hoursSemester Total: 9 credit hours

Year 2

FallSpring
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing
  • EEL 6938 Independent Study

  • Study EEL 6823 Image Processing III
  • EEL 6938 Independent Study

Semester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 6 credit hours


Thesis Requirements

The thesis is the culminating or comprehensive experience for those who conduct an original research study as part of a thesis-option program. An oral defense of the thesis is required. The approved thesis must be written and prepared in accordance with program, college, and university requirements. The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date. A final electronic copy of the thesis must be submitted to the UCF College of Graduate Studies by the dates shown in the Academic Calendar.

University Thesis Requirements

A thesis is optional for this program; the following information is intended for those choosing to complete a thesis.

The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for thesis formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.

The following requirements must be met by thesis students in their final term:

  • Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
  • Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
  • Defend by the defense deadline
  • Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
  • Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
  • Submit final thesis document by final submission deadline

Students must format their thesis according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Thesis Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.

The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the thesis process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.

The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at editor@ucf.edu.

Thesis Enrollment

Thesis students who are full time must continue to enroll in three credit hours of thesis course work each semester until the thesis requirement is satisfied, beyond the minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis, but only 6 hours total will count toward the degree requirement.

Thesis Advisory Committee Membership

A student writing a thesis must have a Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of at least three members who are approved members of the Graduate Faculty or Graduate Faculty Scholars (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/gradfaculty). To learn more about committee membership eligibility and responsibilities, please contact your program advisor or visit the Graduate Catalog.

Portfolio

As a culminating experience, nonthesis students are also required to submit a portfolio of activities to the designated EE Graduate Coordinator in a semester prior to their intended graduation. The portfolio contains the student’s resume and completed graded assignments of extended projects that the student has completed as part of his or her course work, or independent studies, that were conducted during their tenure in the MSEE program. This portfolio will be evaluated by an appropriate EECS committee and a “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” grade will be assigned. An appropriate plan to remedy an “Unsatisfactory” grade will be provided to the student who receives such a grade.

Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

Department Research

Research interests of the Electrical Engineering faculty include antennas, microwave and millimeter circuits and devices, communication systems, digital signal/image processing, power electronics, electronic circuits, IFF devices, electromagnetic theory, radar and microwave remote sensing, speech processing, VLSI design, spread spectrum systems, SAW and ACT devices, spectral estimation, solid state device modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, communication networks, integrated services digital networks, neural networks, systems and controls, robotics, robust control, computer control, microelectronics, semiconductors, thin films, power system stability, bipolar device modeling, solid state lasers, optical propagation, fiber optics, optical signal processing, laser-induced damage, optical testing, diffractive optics, phase conjunction, infrared detectors, Fourier optics, lens design, and nonlinear optics.

Visit the “Our Research” and the “Industry” sections of the EECS website for additional information.

Financial Support

Financial support is a major concern for graduate students, especially since many rely on financial support from the university to pursue graduate study. In combination, the college, the university, and the department provide financial assistance to graduate students in several ways:

  1. Fellowships and Scholarships - Available to academically outstanding students.

  2. Graduate Teaching Assistantships – GTAs are available for grading, recitation instruction, or laboratory teaching.

  3. Graduate Research Assistantships – GRAs (for participating in sponsored faculty directed research) are available depending on the current funding levels of the faculty.

Graduate students may also receive financial assistance through tuition support or loans. For more information, see UCF Financial Information, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The UCF Student Financial Assistance section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Funding Requirements

  • All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Plan of Study, as well as over all courses taken since entering the program. They must not receive more than two grades below B (3.0), and those must be balanced to maintain the 3.0 overall. Students on assistantship agreements are expected to work 10 to 20 hours per week on their assigned tasks (whether it be grading, teaching, or research), while they are maintaining satisfactory progress in completing their academic courses. Note that satisfactory progress for a supported student is not the same as maintaining the minimum grades, or just barely performing at research. Financial support is a privilege not a right.

  • Students must meet their obligations and maintain satisfactory work as defined by their supervisor to continue to receive financial support. Also, students must register for the proper number of credit hours in a timely manner to allow the processing of tuition remission.

  • The duration of financial support may vary from one semester to another.

  • Mandatory training requirements must be met for a student to be hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader. The training, offered by UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, covers course design, learning theories, ethics, and other topics relevant to preparing GTAs for their responsibilities. See www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/Graduate_Teaching/ for training requirements and registration instructions.

  • Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187). Additional information including how to register for the test can be accessed through the Graduate Teaching section of the College of Graduate Studies student website.

  • International students are expected to be here as full-time students, and may not work off campus except under certain strict conditions. For information about the types of employment available to international students and the requirements and restrictions based on visa type, see the International Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu> Students > Employment.

Graduate Student Associations

EECS Student Organizations

The oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society is the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) which offers student memberships for $19 per year. The local chapter is at UCF ACM Chapter. Female students in our school have formed Women in EECS/WIE and host many activities important to women in a scientific and technical area, including an active mentoring program. Membership is free.

Other EECS Student Organizations

The Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program adviser.

Professional Development

A graduate student’s professional development goes beyond completing course work, passing exams, conducting research for a thesis or dissertation, and meeting degree requirements. Professional development also involves developing the academic and nonacademic skills needed to become successful in the field of choice.

  • UCF has an active professional development program for graduate students, including the Professoriate Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the GTA Certificate Program, sponsored by FCTL, the Pathways to Success, the Graduate Research forum, sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, and special award recognitions such as the Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, the Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis, and the Award for the Innovative Thesis or Dissertation (see below for additional information). 

  • The university has active student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery and the IEEE. The cost for student membership in the national organizations is subsidized by professional memberships. This is a “bargain” that no student should pass up.

  • EECS sponsors regular colloquia talks by leading researchers in the discipline. All students are strongly encouraged to attend as many as feasible within the constraints of their courses and other academic obligations. 

  • Various research groups hold their own seminars in which students present their research in front of other members of their research group. 

  • Students are expected to publish the results of their research. 

  • Graduate students in EECS are encouraged to present papers at conferences. Often their faculty mentor will be able to fund one or more such opportunities. The School of EECS, the College of Graduate Studies and the Student Government Association are other sources of such support. To review the College of Graduate Studies award requirements and apply online, see www.graduate.ucf.edu > Graduate Travel Awards.

  • Graduate students in EECS are also encouraged to participate in summer research internships when this is compatible with their research agendas – see your research adviser for more information and guidelines.

Instructor Training and Development

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

    For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.  

Graduate Research Forum

The Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.

The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact researchweek@ucf.edu.

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. 

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

Other

For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.

For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php 

Job Search

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department maintains a website link designed to help students who have graduated from the Department of EECS to find jobs and help employers recruit students. Please visit the site to view current listings. If you have any questions, please contact industry@eecs.ucf.edu.

For additional employment resources, please see EECS Job Resource Center.

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.

For specific services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the graduate program director or academic adviser.

Forms

  • College of Graduate Studies Forms
    A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Petition Form
    When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.

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