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Programs of Study
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
The master of science in electrical engineering provides the opportunity for research and education in a wide variety of sub-disciplines, ranging from image and signal processing to nanoscale engineering. We look for students who have a solid undergraduate background in electrical engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, physics, or mathematics.
All applicants to the Master of Science program are required to select a thesis or non-thesis track on the online application. Applicants selecting the non-thesis track are required to indicate if they would like to apply to the coursework non-thesis track or the project-based non-thesis track in their personal statement.
The department also offers a specialized track within the M.S. degree in bioengineering offered by Tufts School of Engineering. The Signals and Systems track educates biotechnology engineers in the analysis and processing of signals with an emphasis on biomedical image processing and image formation, as well as the design, control and synthesis of systems for biotechnology.
The master of science degree requires ten courses, usually one credit per course, and all courses must be at the 100 level or above. At least eight credits must be from approved courses. Grades in all courses must be B- or better.
M.S. Non-Thesis Option
Applicants selecting the non-thesis track are required to indicate if they would like to apply to the coursework non-thesis track or the project-based non-thesis track in their personal statement.
M.S. Thesis Option
Students should be aware that the scope of a master's thesis is much more involved than a master's project and it is not always possible to complete the work within a tight schedule, or predict in advance how long it might take. We therefore advise that those wishing to write a thesis take an optimistic but cautious strategy. This means starting work on your project/thesis early enough in your studies. One possibility (for those starting in the fall semester and planning to spend two years at Tufts) is to take 5-7 courses in the first two semesters.
Ideally one would seek project/thesis ideas during the second semester
and do some background reading and even start actual work in the summer. In this
way, a substantial amount of work will already be done during the summer and
fall. The final approved thesis or dissertation must be submitted
online. Please refer to the
graduate student handbook for graduation information and
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