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Master of Information Technology
An online masters degree in information technology, or graduate certificates, are available through Virginia Tech's MIT program.
Admissions for non-EE/CPE students
Students who do not have EE or CPE backgrounds are welcome in the MS programs. They may, however, need to make up courses in certain areas. For more information, please see the ECE Graduate Student Policy Manual.
The Department offers two options leading to the Master of Science degree:
Each plan of study is developed by the student in consultation with his or her advisor, and must be submitted prior to completing 12 hours of graduate credit. Core requirements for both options are discussed below.
The thesis option is encouraged for most students — particularly for all students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree. The thesis represents the results of independent research performed under close supervision of a faculty advisor.
The final oral exam is a defense of the thesis before an examining committee of three faculty members. Upon application for the thesis defense, students are required to submit a technical paper or abstract, based on some aspect of the thesis research, in a form suitable for submission to a regional technical conference.
Students pursuing the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work, plus a maximum of 9 credit hours of thesis work to be applied toward the degree.
The non-thesis option is primarily intended to meet the needs of off-campus students whose access to regular meetings with an advisor is limited and is not recommended for those students wishing to continue for a PhD.
Students will take an oral final exam, consisting of either a presentation of a project by the student (either individual or from a class) or questions over course work from the examination committee.
Students pursuing the non-thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work.
In order to ensure that the student’s background in Electrical and Computer Engineering is reasonably broad, candidates for MSEE degrees must successfully complete at least three ECE courses in different subject areas or at least two courses in each of two subject areas. In addition, students are encouraged to take six credit hours in mathematics or statistics.
MSCPE students must complete at least 6 credit hours in software courses and at least 6 credit hours in hardware courses. Specific math requirements are part of the degree program.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required to remain a student in good standing and to graduate. For further details, see the ECE Graduate Student Policy Manual.