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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering/Electrical & Computer Engineering 4+1 (BCpE/MSECE)

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Requirements for the Degree

4+1 Bachelor of Computer or Electrical Engineering/Master of Science Electrical & Computer Engineering

The department offers special 4 + 1 BEE/MSECE and 4 + 1 BCpE/MSECE programs for highly-qualified undergraduate students. The program allows the student to earn both the BEE/BCpE and the MSECE degree in five years of full-time study in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware. Students must apply by May 1 of their junior year. GRE scores will be waived. For admissions to this program the following minimum criteria will be applied:

An undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
A minimum of two letters of strong support from former teachers at the University of Delaware.

The application and processing instructions can be found at the Graduate Office website. Choose either an area or undecided and once you start the application, click on the 4 + 1 program option.

Students admitted to the 4 + 1 BEE/MSECE or the 4 + 1 BCpE/MSECE programs are required to meet all the requirements listed for the MSECE degree and can choose either the thesis or the non-thesis option (the thesis option can take more than five years to complete.) Students are required to complete two of the courses acceptable for the MSECE degree during enrollment in the BEE/BCpE degree (600 level technical courses). These two courses can also be counted toward meeting the technical elective requirement of the BEE/BCpE degree; a grade of B- or better must be received in order for these two courses to count toward the graduate degree.


Students in all Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate degree programs may elect to choose a concentration area of study. Concentrations are available in Computer Systems & Network Science, Signal Processing, Communications and Controls, Materials and Devices, Electromagnetics and Photonics, and Biomedical Engineering. Students selecting a concentration must meet the concentration requirements detailed below, in addition to meeting their general degree requirements. Concentrations are voluntary, and students selecting multidisciplinary or other specialized studies need not declare a concentration.

Concentration in Computer Systems

Students in the Computer Systems (CS) concentration focus on research and coursework in computer hardware, computer architecture, system software, high-performance computing, reliable computing, as well as emerging CS theories and applications.

Concentration in Network Science

Students in the Network Science (NS) concentration focus on research and coursework in wired and mobile wireless networking, social networking, design and test of information management systems, data mining, as well as emerging NS theories and applications.

Concentration in Signal Processing, Communications, and Controls

Students in the Signal Processing, Communications, and Controls (SPCC) concentration focus on research and coursework in multimedia signal processing, statistical and nonlinear signal processing, image processing, time-frequency analysis, wireless communications, information theory, coding, as well as emerging SPCC theories and applications. Students in the SPCC concentration must complete the following:

Concentration in Materials and Devices

Students in the Materials and Devices (MD) concentration focus on research and coursework in solid-state physics, semiconductor growth, device fabrication, and electromagnetic measurement and characterization.

Concentration in Electromagnetics and Photonics

Students in the Electromagnetics and Photonics (EP) concentration focus on research and coursework in optics and electromagnetics, optoelectronic, microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz devices and systems, device fabrication, and electro-magnetic measurement and characterization.

Concentration in Biomedical Engineering

Students in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) concentration focus on research and coursework on biomedical applications of signal and image processing, control systems, imaging systems and photonics. These include medical imaging, systems and computational biology, bioinformatics and remote and virtual surgery.

A minimum of two courses from the following:

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