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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two graduate degrees: Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering with a major in Electrical Engineering.

The graduate degrees allow for specializations in one of three areas:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Signals and Systems

Program Strengths

  • Graduate Co-op Program: Qualified individuals can choose to work in industry on either alternating semesters or during the summer semesters. A rich variety of advanced engineering opportunities are available in the Southeastern Michigan region.
  • Design and Project Oriented: Participate in exciting hands-on projects that integrate theory and application. For example, students are currently working on the design and development of an internationally competitive autonomous vehicle to participate in the International Ground Vehicle Competition ( In the 2006 and 2007 competitions, our team placed 3rd in the Grand Award among 37-40 teams. In 2008, the UDM team won the international competition against 41 teams from around the world.
  • Student Centered: Take advantage of small class sizes and opportunities for one-on-one contact with professors. Most courses include opportunities to work in teams and advance the professional and personal skills so vital to long term career success in industry.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering may be completed by either a thesis or a non-thesis plan. The thesis plan includes 24 credit hours of coursework, six credit hours of thesis, and an oral presentation of the thesis to the departmental thesis committee and the public. The non-thesis plan consists of 30 credit hours of coursework. A student's plan of study must consist of at least seven courses with a 5000 level designation. Furthermore, the student's program of study must consist of no fewer than six courses form the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Concentration in Computer Engineering
The computer engineering specialization is a program focused on the design and development of embedded computer/control and wireless smart sensor systems. This focus uniquely addresses the needs of the BioElectric, Wireless Communications, Multimedia, Aerospace and Automotive communities. The program seeks to provide students with the ability to design real-time distributed microcontroller-based systems. Career opportunities in this area are excellent.

Required Courses (Master's)
ELEE 5086* Microprocessors 3 30
ELEE 5087* Microprocessors Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5770* Embedded Systems 3 30
ELEE 5790* Embedded Systems Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5800* Computer Architecture 3 30
Other Courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor depending on the student's prior preparation.

Concentration in Signals and Systems
The signals and systems specialization provides a background in digital signal and image processing, and control systems. The advent of high-speed specialized digital signal processor and FPGA integrated circuits has spurred rapid development in this area (witness cellular phones, software radios, CD and DVD players, and HDTV systems). The subsequent demand for specialists in this field has created excellent career opportunities. Students completing this program will have both the theoretical background and practical experience to design and develop quality products in this market.

Required Courses (Master's)
ELEE 5880* Digital Signal Processing I 3 30
ELEE 5580* Advanced Electronics 3 30
ELEE 5760* Direct Digital Control 3 30
Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor depending on prior preparation and offerings available.

Concentration in Mechatronics
Mechatronics Engineering is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Embedded Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. Mechatronics Engineering is commonly defined as "The discipline that focuses on the design and control of electromechanical devices" or "the integration of electronics, control engineering and mechanical engineering." The faculty of the ECE department, in close cooperation with the Mechanical Engineering department has designed an innovative world class Mechatronics program that offers a balance of Electrical, Software, and Mechanical content with a focus on Embedded Systems design. Career opportunities can be found in the Aerospace, BioMedical, and Automotive fields among many others.

Required Courses (Master's)
ELEE 5086* Microprocessors 3
ELEE 5087* Microprocessors Laboratory 1
ENGR 5520* Sensors and Actuators 3
ENGR 5790* Mechatronics Modeling & Simulation 3
Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor depending on prior preparation.

Remaining course for all master's concentrations are selected (with approval of advisor) from ELEE, MENG, ENGR, MTH, and CSC courses.

A partial list of commonly accepted courses is:
ELEE 5086 Microprocessors 3 30
ELEE 5087 Microprocessors Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5640 VHDL Hardware Description Languages 3 30
ELEE 5650 Hardware Description Languages Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5680 Computer Networking 3 30
ELEE 5690 Networking Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5860 Advanced Microprocessors 3 30
ELEE 5770 Embedded Systems 3 30
ELEE 5790 Embedded Systems Laboratory 1 03
ELEE 5800 Computer Architecture 3 30
ELEE 5880 Digital Signal Processing I 3 30
ELEE 5900 Digital Signal Processing II 3 30
ELEE 5920 Digital Image Processing 3 30
ELEE 5620 Random Variables and Random Processes 3 30
ELEE 5740 Pattern Recognition 3 30
ELEE 5540 Fuzzy Systems Theory & Applications 3 30
ENGR 5790 Mechatronics: Modeling & Simulation 3 30
ENGR 5520 Sensors and Actuators 3 30
ELEE 5570 Vehicular Electrical Power Systems 3 30
ENGR 5960 Advanced Topics in Engineering 3 30
ELEE 5940 Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering 3 30
ELEE 5580 Advanced Electronics 3 30
ELEE 5700 Controls II 3 30
ELEE 5600 CAD in Integrated Circuits 3 30
ELEE 5840 Electromagnetic Compatibility 3 30
CSC 5420 Advanced Computation Theory 3 30
CSC 5470 Systems Programming 3 30
CSC 5480 Artificial Intelligence 3 30
ELEE 5490 Graduate Seminar in Electrical & Computer Engineering 1
ELEE 5400 Computational Intelligence Techniques
ELEE 5520 Real-Time Control Systems Simulations

Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
The Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering program at the University of Detroit Mercy focuses on you, the student. You'll get personal attention, in small classes and research seminars, from faculty who place teaching first. Our relevant and practical research and close connections with industry help create an exciting learning environment that will guarantee your success. For the working person, all of our classes are held in the late afternoon and evening. Many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry for one or two terms during their course of study.

Degree Requirements
The Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering adheres to the College's general requirements for admission to and candidacy in a Doctor of Engineering program with some department specific modification/additions.

The doctoral program requires 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the engineering baccalaureate or 21 hours past an approved Master's degree. Up to 36 credit hours can be transferred but at least 21 additional graduate credits must be accrued at UDM. Coursework is divided into Doctoral Core, Concentration Core, and Discipline Specific courses. There are three Doctoral Core courses (or equivalent): ENGR 5020, Design of Experiments; ENGR 5200, Optimization; and ENGR 5300, Advanced Engineering Mathematics. For Concentration Core courses, each concentration has a number of associated courses, all of which must be taken to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. Discipline Specific courses are those related to Electrical and Computer Engineering. all Doctoral courses must be at the 5000 level (unless specifically approved by the advisor/committee and the department chairperson). Also, all doctoral programs of study must be approved by the faculty advisor/committee and the department chairperson.

Examinations comprise three stages: Qualifying, Dissertation Topic, and Final.

The Qualifying Examination is administered and interpreted by the college-level Engineering & Science Graduate Council. The exam consists of three parts: Mathematics, Computer, and Discipline Specific (in this case, Electrical and Computer Engineering topics relevant to the individual examinee). The Qualifying Exam must be taken as soon as the student has completed the Doctoral Core Courses. Students passing the Qualifying Examination are allowed to advance in the Doctoral Program. Students can repeat the qualifying exam once. Students failing the second time are dismissed from the Doctoral program.

The Dissertation Topic Examination consists of the formal presentation of the dissertation topic to the supervisory committee. The committee provides feedback to the student regarding scope, depth and relevancy of the topic. With approval of the committee, the student can proceed with the research and subsequent accrual of dissertation credits.

The Final Examination consists of the formal and public presentation of the dissertation results. The written dissertation must also be approved and accepted by the supervisory committee. The Final Examination, in concert with submission of the approved version of the written dissertation, constitutes the last step in completion of the Doctor of Engineering degree.

Dissertation credits consist of research credits under the guidance of a Doctoral Dissertation Committee headed by a faculty member who acts as the supervisor. Although Doctoral research is independent, novel and advances the state of the art, the committee members can provide guidance, advice and technical expertise. A minimum of 30 dissertation credits is required for the Doctor of Engineering degree.

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