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Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at St. Mary’s prepares students for rewarding careers in the field of electrical and electronics engineering.

Graduates acquire a strong background in theoretical and applied principles of analysis, design, and implementation of electrical, electronics, and computer-controlled systems.

The program provides students with:

  • Current and relevant technical knowledge
  • Extensive practical hands-on experience in the laboratories
  • The opportunity to participate in faculty research projects
  • The convenience of attending all classes in the evening
  • Small class sizes (12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio) and an academically stimulating environment

  • Degree Plan

    Students may elect a thesis or a project option. The thesis option consists of 24 credit hours of course credit and six credit hours of thesis direction.

    Non-thesis students must complete 27 credit hours of course work and three credit hours of a master project combined. Like the thesis option, the master project must be presented and defended orally in front of the master project committee.

    Both options follow the degree plan:

    Combined Degree

    St. Mary’s also offers a five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior year and complete the master’s degree in the fifth year.

    Students must plan in their freshman year to allow for summer courses, so they can take six hours of graduate work each semester in their senior undergraduate year.

  • Electrical Engineering Courses

    Students in this program take a variety of courses, including:

    • Logic Design Laboratory
    • Circuit Analysis
    • Calculus I and II
    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Capstone Project

    Students can choose 15 credit hours of electives to further customize their degree.

    See the catalog for a complete list of course descriptions:

  • Careers in Electrical Engineering

    Electrical Engineers enjoy careers in a variety of fields:

    • control systems
    • signal processing
    • communication systems
    • robotics
    • embedded systems
    • semiconductor devices
    • digital systems
    • microelectronics

    Our graduates are employed by a variety of public and private institutions including semiconductor, automotive, avionic, communication, education, manufacturing, entertainment, health and service sectors.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission is granted to those with a high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous academic records and testing.

    To be considered for admission, applicants must:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses listed below. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate these cases on an individual basis.
    • Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degrees.
    • Have a minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.
    • Applicants who fail to meet any of the above standards may be admitted on a conditional basis. The graduate program director evaluates these cases on an individual basis.
    • International student must submit the TOEFL scores and show a minimum of 80 in the Internet-based test or 213 in the computer-based test or 550 in the paper-based test. As an alternative to the TOEFL, International Student can take the IELTS test and show a minimum score of 6.5 or better. A score of 6.0 is acceptable with the provision that the student takes EN6301 during the first semester at St. Mary’s University. No student will be admitted with score lower than 6.0 in the IELTS test.


    • Logic Design Laboratory
    • Circuit Analysis Laboratory
    • Fundamentals of Logic Design
    • Circuit Analysis I
    • Circuit Analysis II
    • Signals and Systems

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or finaid@stmarytx.edu for additional information or visit www.stmarytx.edu/finaid.

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Learn more about the Electrical Engineering Program

Interested in pursuing a master’s in Electrical Engineering? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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