Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng.)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng.)

ECE Laboratory

Why get a Master of Engineering degree in electrical and computer engineering?

An advanced degree in engineering can be the key to unlocking your career potential or becoming an entrepreneur. In fact, you may earn beyond $15,000 more annually compared to those with an undergraduate degree alone. Through UNH’s electrical and computer engineering program, youll be introduced to advanced tools related to your field of interest, and youll have the flexibility to take coursework in areas including business, law and mathematics to propel your career in the direction you want. Our faculty conduct research in areas including computer networking, wireless communication systems, embedded computing, human-computer interaction, digital signal and image processing, biomedical instrumentation, controls, and VLSI.

Why choose UNH’s electrical and computer engineering program?

At UNH, youll have the opportunity to choose a path that reflects your career goals. You’ll enroll in courses that provide cutting-edge technical tools, as well as courses that help you connect your technical knowledge to a diverse set of disciplines related to the human experience. Additionally, you’ll gain technical experience in one of the world’s leading testing facilities for network and data communication products, utilized by the likes of Apple, Google, Dell and other leading technology companies. You’ll also have the chance to put your skills on display at international competitions, such as the Embedded Security Challenge.

Potential career areas

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Bioengineering
  • Controls
  • Education and research
  • Embedded computer systems
  • Energy and electrical power
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Semiconductors and IC design
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and automotive

Contact

Andrew Kun

PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-4175
Office: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W219, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Our graduate programs are quite flexible allowing the student a wide choice of courses as well as research topics. Many students work in the UNH Interoperability Laboratory and study computer telecommunications. Others work in such diverse fields as ergonomics in the workplace, automation of medical equipment, designing and improving the reliability of advanced integrated circuits, wireless communication systems, image processing, alternative energy systems, improvement of manufacturing equipment and modeling antenna patterns at airports. 

The graduation requirement for the ECE M.Eng. degree is based on course credits and concluding experiences. Specifically, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of coursework, with at least 24 credits being earned in the ECE department or related technical disciplines (those disciplines will be determined by the student in conjunction with his/her adviser); of those 24 credit hours in the ECE department, at least 12 must be at the 900 level. Courses outside of the ECE department can be related to management and/or law (courses in financial management, organizational behavior, economics, accounting, intellectual property, etc.). The concluding experiences will be in the form of a technical paper suitable for conference publication and two technical presentations.

Students enrolled in the ECE M.Eng. program are not eligible to serve as teaching assistants (TAs) or research assistants (RAs) except by special permission from the ECE Graduate Committee. All transfers into the ECE M.Eng. program from any of the other two ECE graduate programs will require approval by the ECE Graduate Committee through the existing petition process. If a student holding a TA or RA position in the ECE Department transfers into the ECE M.Eng. program, they are required to relinquish that position.

Technical Presentation and Paper Requirement for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Option

Students in the M.Eng. program are required to submit a technical paper and to deliver two technical presentations as part of their program. Many of the courses in the ECE graduate program require technical reports and presentations, and some of these may be appropriate for satisfying the technical requirement for students in the M.Eng. option. However, there are other approaches for satisfying this requirement as indicated below.

The objective in requiring a technical paper is to ensure that the student has some facility in documenting technical information. The evaluation of that paper is to be performed by the ECE Graduate Committee, and the evaluation will result in either acceptance or rejection of the work submitted. The criterion for technical papers to be considered acceptable is that they describe a contemporary technical concept or development with a high degree of depth and clarity. The student must be the sole author on the technical paper, and it is to be submitted to the chair of the ECE Graduate Committee electronically before the last day of classes. As noted above, technical papers associated with regular ECE graduate courses or independent studies may be used to satisfy the requirement, as are papers prepared for technical conferences or publications. Papers accepted for presentation at refereed conferences or for publication in refereed journals will automatically satisfy the technical paper requirement. For these papers, students can petition to have the sole authorship requirement waived.

The objective in requiring the two technical presentations is primarily to ensure that students have the opportunity to present in front of a group. For the technical presentations requirement, presentations need to that fulfill one of the criteria below:

  1. Presentation of a technical lecture (20 minutes or longer) as part of the requirements for a course in which the student is enrolled.
  2. Presentation of a technical lecture in a course as a "stand in" for the faculty member in charge.
  3. Presentation of a technical seminar at UNH (for example, presenting a seminar for ECE 900A Research and Development from Concept to Communication I/ECE 900B Research and Development from Concept to Communication 2) or to a public group or industry.
  4. Presentation of a technical paper as part of a professional job function.
  5. Presentation of a paper at a professional technical conference.

It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy this requirement before graduation. Students must get approval from their adviser for any activity that is intended to be used as a technical presentation experience. The two presentations required must be different; giving the same seminar twice does not count as two presentations. If the activity does not fall into one of the five categories listed, prior approval of the ECE Graduate Committee must also be obtained.

The student should submit documentation for the two experiences using the forms found on the ECE website in electronic form to the chair of the ECE Graduate Committee. This should be completed by the last day of classes during the semester of graduation.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required only for students with a baccalaureate degree from a non-U.S. university. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

International applicants to this program with low TOEFL scores may be eligible for our Bridge Program.

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