Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering aims to provide a solid foundation and an opportunity to specialize in a particular area of electrical and computer engineering, such as computers, electronics, telecommunications, power systems, or control systems. The Master’s program includes both thesis and non-thesis options and lends itself to both full-time and part-time study.

UA Little Rock Graduate Catalog (link).

Program Educational Objectives

  1. To provide depth in a subfield of electrical and computer engineering
  2. To prepare graduates for a diverse range of professional careers as engineers and managers

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, or related discipline is required. The applicant must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale or 3.3/4.0 for the last 60 credit hours.  The applicants are required to have a combined score on the GRE of 300 (Verbal and Quantitative) and 3.0 in the Writing test.  GRE requirement will be waived if the applicant’s GPA is 3.5 or higher. The applicant may request a GRE waiver if it is not offered in the country of the applicant. Applicants not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis.  The conditional student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in at least twelve graduate credits in the first year of study to be fully admitted.  International students must also satisfy the Graduate School TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which a maximum of six hours can be transferred from a graduate program from another university with the graduate coordinator’s approval.

In addition, students are required to maintain acceptable academic performance. All Master’s course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A student receiving one “C” in the course work will be warned that his/her academic performance is unacceptable and that the student will be reviewed by the ECE faculty, which will also suggest corrective action. A student receiving two “C’s” will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the ECE faculty.

Students enrolled in non-thesis option will be required to do a graduate project supervised by an ECE faculty member.

The student’s plan of study must be developed in conjunction with student’s thesis advisor or the Graduate Coordinator, and filed with the Graduate Coordinator.

MSECE Curriculum

MSECE Core (24/27 credit hours)

Student is required to take 24 hours of graduate level courses (27 hours for Non-thesis option) subject to following restrictions.

  1. At least 15 hours must be taken in fields associated with electrical and computer engineering.
  2. Up to 9 hours can be taken from graduate programs in the following STEM areas: Physics, Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences.
  3. Up to 6 hours can be taken from graduate courses in management sciences.
  4. Students enrolled in early entry Masters can count up to 12 hours of graduate course work taken as part of BSECE degree curriculum.

Research Methodology/Ethics (1 credit hour)

  • SYEN 7101 Research Methodology, or
  • SYEN 7112 Research Ethics

MS Thesis (6 credit hours)

  • SYEN 8100, 8200, 8300 Master’s Thesis

Graduate Project (3 credit hours)

  • SYEN 7385 Systems Engineering Graduate Project 

Undergraduate Credit Collaboration Program (Early entry into Master’s program)

Undergraduate students in their senior year of BS ECE program at UA Little Rock and having a CGPA of 3.2 can apply for early entry into MSECE program. Once accepted into the program, students can take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework, which will count towards both the baccalaureate degree and the graduate degree. Please see the early entry admission requirements listed at:

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Kamran Iqbal
Graduate Studies Coordinator