Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
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. For full-time students, at least seven credits must be from approved, lecture-based courses and one additional credit must be the Electrical Engineering Seminar. The two remaining credits usually are a creative thesis work, written and defended orally, and performed under the supervision of a faculty member. Alternatively, these two credits can be a supervised master's project plus another approved course. Grades in all courses must be B- or better.
Writing a Thesis
Students should be aware that the scope of a thesis is much more involved than a 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 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 at http://disseration.umi.com/tuftsase/. Please refer to the graduate student handbook pages 17-19 for graduation information and deadlines.
For students who intend to continue studying towards a PhD this provides an excellent opportunity to identify topics of interest and potential supervisors within the time frame of the master's degree.