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Immediate Graduate Education Program (IGEP) Program of Study in Electrical Engineering


Naval Postgraduate School alumnus Vice Adm. Stanley Szemborski ‘72, chats with fellow electrical engineering (EE) students and his thesis advisor after he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award. The distinction recognizes his significant accomplishments and impact on the education programs of NPS. Ensigns’ Chris Schuster, Jonathan Gilliom, Dane Brown and Prof. Jeff Knorr, Former Chairman for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were included in the informal ceremony. Szemborski, like the ensigns, was selected to attend NPS’s EE curriculum through the Immediate Graduation Education Program immediately following his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1971.
 U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya


  Graduate Program General Information

NPS has an in-residence, one-year Immediate Graduate Education Program (IGEP). Each year’s program typically begins in July and ends the following June. Bowman scholars sent to NPS for a 4-aquarter program fall under the IGEP Program. Bowman scholars enrolled in the Electrical/Electronic systems Curriculum may earn a

depending on their undergraduate background.
Bowman scholars with a BSEE degree will earn a MSEE Degree by completing requirements for the MSEE Degree (a set of 9 to 10 graduate level courses which include the selection of a focus area and one to two elective courses). BSSE, or BSCE degree holders may need on average an additional two undergraduate courses to satisfy the undergraduate equivalence requirements depending on their specific undergraduate backgrounds. 
Bowman scholars with a undergraduate degree in engineering fields other than EE, SE, or CE may earn a Master of Science in Engineering Sciences (focus in Electrical Engineering) by completing requirements for the MSES(EE) Degree and taking any required undergraduate level courses needed to meet minimum prerequisite to enroll in their selected graduate level courses.


Graduate Program Focus Areas

The ECE Department offers graduate programs of study covering the following focus areas:

  • Communication & Information Engineering
  • Cyber Engineering
  • Nano-electronics & Energy Engineering
  • Sensor & Control Engineering

Each focus area consists of two sets of four courses each in specific specializations to be selected among

  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Cyber
  • Electronics
  • Guidance & Control
  • Networks
  • Power
  • Sensors
  • Signal Processing

Note that no all specialization options may be open to Bowman scholars due to the short duration of their NPS program of study and their undergraduate backgrounds.  Several examples are provided below. Please contact the ECE Department Academic Associate, Prof. Monique P. Fargues to discuss specific details.
In addition, students must successfully complete the thesis requirement. Each student performs the underlying research and then writes an independent master’s thesis on a topic of direct scientific and technological interest to the Navy’s technical programs, DoD, and the scientific community. Students are directly involved in cutting-edge research with world-class faculty and support staff, tackling many of the most important scientific problems facing the Navy today and preparing for future assignments as key military decision makers. A sample of recent theses undertaken by students is shown here.


 Background requirements

Students interested in applying to the one-year IGEP Graduate Program should have a solid undergraduate engineering background. Students without a BSEE will need to complement their graduate level program of study to satisfy a BSEE Equivalence in order to be eligible for a MSEE degree. Others will be eligible for an MSES(EE) degree. That program will be set-up by the Academic Associate upon arrival.
Satisfying the undergraduate equivalence will result in a program of study with specific undergraduate courses needed to satisfy the equivalence taken in place of some of the graduate electives. Interested IGEP students with a BS in Computer or Systems Engineering should be able to get the MSEE Degree during their 4-quarter in-residence program. Non BSEE holders interested in pursuing the MSEE Degree Program may get additional details by contacting the ECE Department Academic Associate, Prof. Monique P. Fargues
Students who do not have a BSEE Degree, or do not meet requirements for a BSEE equivalence by the end of their one-year graduate program at NPS, will be eligible for a Master of Science in Engineering Science with major in Electrical Engineering (MSES(EE)). Specific MSES(EE) program details are available here.


  Option to receive a 5300 subspecialty p-code for NAVY IGEP students

Officers have the option to complete the Navy educational skill requirements (ESRs) contained in the Electronics Systems curriculum in addition to fulfilling the requirements to the MSEE Degree. Completing such ESRs will provide students a 5300 subspecialty code. The 5300 ESRs consist of: 1) satisfying the minimum requirements for the MSEE Degree; and 2) taking the following two courses, or demonstrating previous knowledge of the graduate level material covered in these two courses:

  • ECE3730 – Cyber Networks & Physical Infrastructures (elective may be selected to be part of the minimum MSEE Degree requirements)
  • ECE4010 – Principles of Systems Engineering (elective may be selected to be part of the minimum MSEE Degree requirements)

  Programs of study

A few possible programs of study leading to the MSEE Degree are shown below. These specific programs require a BSEE degree for background. Students without a BSEE Degree need to satisfy a BSEE Equivalence, which may be set-up with the Academic Associate upon arrival. Satisfying a BSEE Equivalence will result in a program of study with specific undergraduate courses needed to satisfy the BSEE equivalence taken in place of some of the graduate electives.
Interested IGEP students with a BS in Computer or Systems Engineering should be able to get the MSEE Degree during the 4-quarter in-residence program. Non BSEE holders interested in pursuing the MSEE Degree Program may get additional details by contacting the ECE Department Academic Associate, Prof. Monique P. Fargues
Numerous variations of these programs are possible, and programs of study finalized at the beginning of the program. Individuals assigned to the Electrical/Electronic systems Curriculum are encouraged to contact the Academic Associate to discuss specific choices of specialties by June 15th to allow for maximum flexibility in the design of their final NPS programs of study. Specific details regarding MSEE minimum requirements are available in the MSEE Degree webpage here.
Requirements for each focus area are satisfied by selecting two allowed specialties within a specific focus area (shown with √ in the table below).

Focus Areas       

Specialties

Communications & 
Information Engineering

Cyber Engineering
(For USN students selecting this focus area: “Cyber” is required as one of the two specialties)

Nanoelectronics 

Energy Engineering

Sensor 

Control Engineering

 

Communications

 

 

 

Computers

 

 

Cyber

 

 

 

Electronics

 

 

 

Guidance & Control

 

 

 

Networks

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

Sensors

 

 

 

Signal Processing

 

 

 

 

Examples of Programs of Study

Numerous variations of these programs are possible, and programs of study finalized at the beginning of the program. Individuals assigned to the Electrical/Electronic systems Curriculum are encouraged to contact the Academic Associate to discuss specific choices of specialties by June 15th to allow for maximum flexibility in the design of their final NPS programs of study.
Specific course information is available here.

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Communications & Information Engineering (Networks & Signal Processing) 

 

 

Summer quarter

EC3410
Discrete time random signals

 EC3150
Solid state power conversion

EC3600
Antennas & Propagation

EC3820
Computer systems

 

 

Fall quarter

EC4440
Statistical signal processing

EC4430
Multimedia information & communications

EC3710
Computer communications methods

 EC3400
Digital signal processing

 

 

Winter quarter

Thesis

Thesis

EC4785
Internet engineering

 EC4480
Image processing & recognition

 

 

Spring quarter

EC4010
Introduction to systems engineering

EC4745
Mobile ad-hoc wireless networking

Thesis

Thesis

 

 

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Sensor & Control Engineering ( Sensor & Cyber Specialties)

 

Summer quarter

EC3600
Antennas & propagation

EC3150
Solid state power conversion

EC3410
Discrete time random signals

ECE3820
Computer systems

 

Fall quarter

EC3700
Electronic warfare I

EC3730
Cyber networks & physical infrastructure

EC3750
SIGINT Systems

Thesis

 

Winter quarter

EC3740
Reverse engineering

 EC3760
Information Operation Systems

Thesis

Thesis

 

Spring quarter

EC4680
Electronic warfare II

EC4765
Cyber warfare

EC3610
Microwave
engineering

Thesis

 

 

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Cyber Engineering  (Computer & Cyber Specialties)

Summer quarter

EC3410
Discrete time random signals

EC3820
Computer systems

EC3600
Antennas & propagation

EC3150
Solid state power conversion

Fall quarter

EC3800
Microprocessor based system design

 EC4820
Advanced computer architecture

EC3730
Cyber networks & physical infrastructure

Thesis

Winter quarter

EC3830
Digital computer design methodology

EC4870
VLSI systems design

EC3740
Reverse engineering

EC3760
Information operation systems

Spring quarter

EC4765
Cyber warfare

Thesis

Thesis

Thesis

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Sensor & Control Engineering (Power & Signal Processing Specialties)

Summerqquarter

EC3150
Solid state power conversion

EC3410
Discrete time random signals

EC3820
Computer systems

EC3600
Antennas & propagation

Fall quarter

EC4150
Advanced solid state power conversion

EC4440
Statistical signal processing

 EC3400
Digital signal processing

Thesis

Winter quarter

 EC3130
Electrical machine theory

 EC4480
Image processing & recognition

Thesis

Thesis

Spring quarter

EC4130
Advanced electrical machine theory

EC4010
Introduction to Systems Engineering

Thesis

Thesis

 

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Sensor & Control Engineering (Power & Control specialties)

Summer quarter

EC3150
Solid state power conversion

EC3410
Discrete time random signals

EC3820
Computer systems

EC3600
Antennas & propagation

Fall quarter

EC4150
Advanced solid state power conversion

EC4310
Fundamentals of Robotics

EC3320
Optimal Control Systems

Thesis

Winter quarter

 EC3130
Electrical machine theory

EC3310
Optimal Estimation: Sensor & Data Association

Thesis

Thesis

Spring quarter

EC4130
Advanced electrical machine theory

EC4330
Navigation, Missile & Avionics

Thesis

Thesis

 

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Nanoelectronics & Energy Engineering (Power & Electronic specialties)

Summer quarter

EC3150
Solid state power conversion

 EC4220
Introduction to Analog VLSI

 EC4950
Emerging nanotechnology

EC3820
Computer systems

Fall quarter

EC3220
Semiconductor device technology

EC4010
Introduction to systems engineering

 EC4150
Advanced solid state power conversion

PH3655
Semiconductor device physics

Winter quarter

ECE3130
Electrical machine theory

EC4230
Reliability issues for military electronics

Thesis

Thesis

Spring quarter

 EC4130
Advanced electrical machine theory

EC3200
Advanced Electronics

Thesis

Thesis

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