MSE in EE Degree Requirements

Course Planning Guide (CPG)

Students must complete 10 Course Units in the following categories:

CATEGORY A: EE CORE 5 Course Units

CATEGORY B: ESE ELECTIVES 2 Course Units

CATEGORY C: SEAS ELECTIVES 1 Course Unit

CATEGORY D: OPEN ELECTIVES 2 Course Units

CATEGORY A: EE CORE

  • Five (5) course units are required in any of the areas below.
  • Students can select any combination from within these areas and are not limited to a single area.

Physical Devices & Nano Systems

ESE 510: Electromagnetic & Optical Theory
ESE 518: Electrical Energy Storage: Battery & Super-Capacitive Systems
ESE 521: The Physics of Solid State Energy Devices
ESE 523: Quantum Engineering
ESE 525: Nanoscale Science and Engineering
ESE 526: Photovoltaic Systems Engineering
ESE 529: Introduction to MEMS and NEMS
ESE 536: Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization
ESE 574: Principles & Practice of Microfabrication Technology

Circuits & Computer Engineering

ESE 519: Real Embedded Systems
ESE 532: System-On-A-Chip Architecture
ESE 535: Electronic Design Automation
ESE 568: Mixed Signal Design and Modeling
ESE 570: Digital Integrated Circuits & VLSI Fundamentals
ESE 572: Analog Integrated Circuits
ESE 578: RF Integrated Circuits

Information & Decision Systems

ESE 500: Linear Systems Theory
ESE 504: Intro to Linear, Nonlinear,and Integer Optimization
ESE 505: Controls of Systems
ESE 507: Introduction to Networks and Protocols
ESE 512: Dynamical Systems
ESE 528. Estimation and Detection Theory
ESE 530: Elements of Probability Theory
ESE 531: Digital Signal Processing

CATEGORY B: ESE ELECTIVES

  •  Two (2) course units from any graduate-level ESE course.

CATEGORY C: SEAS ELECTIVE

  •  One (1) course unit from graduate-level offerings within: ESE, CIS, CIT*, IPD, MEAM, MSE, EAS**, or ENM.
  • Only the following EAS courses are permitted: EAS 507, EAS 510, EAS 512, EAS 545, EAS 546, EAS 595.

CATEGORY D: OPEN ELECTIVES

  • Two (2) course units of approved electives from graduate courses at Penn in SEAS, SAS, Medicine, Law, Wharton MBA, Social Policy, and Education.
  • Open Elective courses must have technical/scientific content and relevance to the student’s program.
  • Approval must be obtained from the ESE department via petition prior to enrollment in the course.
  • Pre-Approved courses can be found on the EE CPG Precedent List.

IMPORTANT NOTES

*CIT Course Eligibility Maximum of two (2) CIS course units are allowed towards the degree

**EAS Course Eligibility Only the following EAS courses are permitted: EAS 507, EAS 510, EAS 512, EAS 545, EAS 546, EAS 595.

***ESE 680 Special Topics This course can be taken several times and counted more than once toward the degree. Each ESE 680 course taken must address a different topic to be eligible.

ESE 597 Master’s Thesis Option If a thesis is completed, it will count for 1 or 2 course units of ESE 597 toward the degree.

ESE 599 Independent Study Maximum of one (1) course unit can be used toward the degree within a pre-approved category.

Cross-Listed Courses MUST be registered with the 500-level course number to be eligible as a graduate level course. Any cross-listed section at the 400-level or below is ineligible towards the degree.

Transfer Courses Maximum of two (2) graduate-level course units may be transferred from another school to apply towards the degree. These cannot have been used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.