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The Electrical Engineering graduate 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. In addition, many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry during their graduate program.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two graduate degrees:

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

  • Computer Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronic Systems
  • Signals and Systems
Program Strengths
  • Graduate Co-op Program: Qualified individuals can choose to work in a paid position 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 regularly work 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 overall among 37-40 teams entered in the competition which required building and testing autonomous robots in multiple Challenges. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 the UDM team placed 1st overall competing against 40-50 teams that entered the competition. Then in 2012 and 2013 our team placed first and second respectively in the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) competition event.  In these events we compete against universities from around the world including the University of Wisconsin (Madison), the US Naval Academy, Princeton, Cornell, University of Illinois (Urbana), Penn State, Georgia Tech, Hosei (Japan), Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada), Waterloo (Canada), and the University of Texas (Austin).
  • Student publications:  In many of our graduate courses and in some undergraduate classes students develop poster and paper presentations for their project work which are regularly submitted and accepted for publication in regional and national venues (SPIE, IEEE EIT, etc.). 
  • 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.

Admission Requirements 

Students may enter the Master of Electrical & Computer Engineering program in one of two ways:

Traditional Students

 Traditional students must apply for the graduate program online through the admissions webpage. Typical minimum requirements include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline from an accredited university. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are not required but encouraged.

5-Year Bachelor/Master Students

 The 5-year Bachelor/Master Degree program is designed to enable completion of both the Bachelor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Master of Electrical & Computer Engineering degrees in five calendar years and extend elements of a student's undergraduate financial aid package to cover the master's degree (open to UDM undergraduates in electrical and computer engineering with a GPA of at least 3.25). The program allows qualified University Bachelor of Electrical & Computer Engineering students to take up to two graduate level courses during their final three academic semesters that will meet undergraduate degree requirements while also accruing course credits toward their graduate degree. More information on the 5-year BEE-MECE program can be found in the ECE Department’s graduate program brochure.

All graduate courses in the program are offered in the late afternoon and evening in order to accommodate those already in the work force.

Degree Requirements (30 credit hours)

The Master of Electrical & Computer Engineering may be completed by either a thesis or a non-thesis plan. Students must complete required courses and electives as specified below.

Thesis Option

The thesis plan includes 24 credit hours of coursework, 6 credit hours of thesis, and an oral presentation of the thesis to the departmental thesis committee and the public. Acceptance in the thesis degree option requires demonstration of strong academic performance and the ability to secure a thesis supervision agreement with one of the ECE Department faculty members.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis plan consists of 30 credit hours of coursework. A student's plan of study must consist of no fewer than six courses form the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Specialization Areas - for flexibility and focus

Students can complete the M.ECE Degree in EE with specializations in Signal and Systems, Computer Engineering or Robotics and Mechatronics Systems.  

Specialization 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 (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 for Signals and Systems Specialization

ELEE 5880 Digital Signal Processing I 3 cr.
ELEE 5580

ELEE 5500

Advanced Electronics
Automotive Electronics

3 cr.

3 cr.
ELEE 5760

ELEE 5700
Digital Control Theory
Controls II
3 cr.

3 cr.

 Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor depending on prior preparation and offerings available.

Computer Engineering Specialization

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 for Computer Engineering Specialization

ELEE 5086 Introduction to Microprocessors 3 cr.
ELEE 5087 Introduction to Microcontrollers Lab 1 cr.
ELEE 5770 Embedded Systems 3 cr.
ELEE 5790 Embedded Systems Laboratory 1 cr.
ELEE 5800 Computer Organization & Architecture 3 cr.

Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor or chairperson depending on the student's prior preparation.

Robotics and Mechatronics Specialization

Robotics, the combination of sensing, computation and actuation in the real world, is experiencing rapid growth. This growth is driven by the decreased cost and increased availability of advanced sensors, high-performance computing devices and actuators, and by national needs for defense and security, elder care, automation of household tasks, customized manufacturing, and interactive entertainment. The robotics specialization at UDM is structured to integrate three elements of robotics: Computation, Sensing, and Action. These three elements thus define the courses and projects as students explore Perception, Cognition, Control and Dynamics as well as experiential areas related to environment interaction such as Learning, Power Systems and Mechatronics (embedded systems, sensors and actuators).

Mechatronics Engineering is a modern discipline that transcends the boundaries between Embedded Systems, Electronics, Controls, Mechanisms, and Actuator design. 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering department, in cooperation with the Mechanical Engineering department, has designed an innovative world-class Robotics and Mechatronics Systems program that offers a balance of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Mechanical engineering content with a focus on Embedded Systems design and Computational Intelligence. Career opportunities can be found in the Aerospace, BioMedical, and Automotive fields among many others.

Required courses for Robotics Specialization

ELEE 5086 Introduction to Microcontrollers 3 cr.
ELEE 5087 Introduction to Microcontrollers Lab 1 cr.
ENGR 5520 Real-Time Control Systems 3 cr.
ELEE 5200 Autonomous Mobility Robotics 3 cr.
ENGR 5790 Mechatronics: Modeling and Simulation 3 cr.

Other courses may be substituted with permission of the advisor or Department Chairperson depending on prior preparation and offerings available.

Elective Courses

Elective Courses for Master in ECE (M.ECE) can be selected from any ELEE 5000-level courses for all specializations. Other courses can be selected from ENGR, ENT, MTH, CSSE, MENG with advisor approval.

Program Contact Information

Chairperson: Mark Paulik
Engineering 326
Telephone: (313) 993-1057

Associate Chair: Utayba Mohammad
Engineering 327
Telephone: (313) 993-3364

Fax: (313) 993-1087

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