Students who complete the program will receive the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering: Integrated Option degree and a Master of Science in Engineering degree simultaneously after successfully completing a minimum total of 150 hours, 30 of which must qualify for the MSE program of work in ECE. The BSEE portion of the combined degree plan will be reduced from 125 hours to 120 hours; MSE degree requirements are unchanged relative to the existing MSEE degrees.
Master of Science in Engineering
Texas ECE offers an MSE degree in 8 different academic tracks, but students can also take advantage of the immense variety of resources for interdisciplinary work at The University of Texas at Austin. Most graduate students have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research along with faculty researchers. Students who are admitted to pursue a MSE will typically require four long semesters to complete the program. A Student within the MSE program may subsequently apply to the PhD program, but there is no guarantee of acceptance.
Professional MS in Software Engineering
UT-Austin's onsite Master's in Software Engineering degree program allows working engineers to earn their master's conveniently, without interrupting their busy work schedules. Classes meet on campus on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays. The flexible program addresses the demand for influential software engineers who have an expansive understanding of crucial software engineering topics and are ready to advance in their career.
Texas ECE offers a PhD degree in 8 different academic tracks, but students can also take advantage of the immense variety of resources for interdisciplinary work at The University of Texas at Austin. PhD students will participate in state-of-the-art research along with faculty researchers. Holding a Masters of Science degree is not required to enter or even complete the PhD program. However, a student entering the PhD program without an MSE from ECE or a related field also may choose to pursue and receive the MSE along the way to the PhD with typically no or little additional effort beyond that already required for the PhD, although over a longer time period than a student within the MSE program. Students within the PhD program are expected to enroll in at least 3 hours of research problems or, later, dissertation courses each semester, which cannot be counted toward the MSE. As such, they will typically require 5-6 long semesters to complete the MS program.