M.S. in Electrical Engineering Program Requirements for catalogs prior to fall 2019

Current and inactive students who have completed 12 or more credits in this program prior to fall 2019 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog or move forward to the newest graduate program requirements for the M.S. in Electrical Engineering.

The Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas has been crafted to benefit your career. As a technical master’s degree, this advanced and balanced master’s-level education will provide you with substantive project or thesis opportunities that can increase your earning potential and improve your future project opportunities.

Our master’s degree in electrical engineering has been designed to provide you with both breadth and depth in electrical engineering at an advanced level. Our program has considerable sustainable and alternative-energy power emphasis through coursework and the Renewable Energy and Alternative Laboratory. You will have access to this state-of-the-art research and development facility that focuses on the design, integration, and control of distributed energy resources in a micro grid.

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent).  Engineering and physics majors can finish the M.S. in Electrical Engineering program in two years.

  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, students must successfully complete 10 courses (30 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7.


REQUIRED Courses [2 courses = 6 credits]: 

  • ETLS 744 Power Systems
  • ETLS 810 Advanced Controls

ELECTIVE Courses [3 courses = 9 credits]:

You must select one course from each topic area below.

Communications, Network and Signals [1 course = 3 credits]
Select one course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 620 Analog Communication Systems
  • ETLS 621 Digital Communication Systems
  • ETLS 751 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • SEIS 663 Information Technology Security and Networking
  • ETLS 675 Digital Signal Processes I
  • ETLS 676 Digital Signal Processes II

Energy Sources and Power Systems [1 course = 3 credits]
Select one course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 699 Power Systems Protection and Relay
  • ETLS 745 Power Systems Operations and Control
  • ETLS 746 Power Electronics
  • ETLS 747 Electrical Machines
  • ETLS 748 Renewable Energy Generation

Controls and Embedded Systems [1 course = 3 credits]
Select one course from this topic area:

  • ETLS 774 Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ETLS 789 Simulations and Visualization of Dynamic Systems
  • SEIS 741 Embedded Microprocessor Design
  • SEIS 742 Advanced Microprocessor

RELATED ELECTIVE Courses [5 courses = 15 credits] : Please discuss project and elective options with your advisor.

If you choose to do an Engineering Design Project, you will need to complete both sections (6 credits) of ETLS 881 and three additional elective courses:

  • 3 Electives (9 credits) AND
  • ETLS 881 Engineering Project (2 sections required = 6 credits) 

If after meeting with your advisor, you do NOT choose to do an Engineering Design Project, please select five (5) elective courses (15 credits) instead. Please consult with your advisor for guidance in selecting your electives.

Please meet with your advisor for this program, Dr. Greg Mowry, early in your program to determine the best class sequence, as some classes are only offered bi-annually.