MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Five-Year EE BS/ ECE MS Program

Fairfield University's School of Engineering offers a five-year, dual degree program leading to a BS in electrical engineering and a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more commonplace and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. This program reduces the time to a master's by at least one year and provides excellent credentials throughout your professional career. The director of the five-year programs as well as the chairman of the Computer Engineering Dept. is Dr. Doug Lyon.

Students may request a change of status from the undergraduate to the undergraduate/graduate combined plan of study at any point after the following conditions are met:

  • Completed 60 credits towards the BS in electrical engineering
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have approval of their faculty advisor

The Five-year EE/ ECE curriculum (158 credits):

Year 1 Fall Semester credits
EG 31 Fund. of Engineering 3
EN 11 Texts & Contexts 1 3
MA 145 Calculus 1: Eng. & Physics majors 4
PH 101 Intro. to Philosophy 3
PS 15 General Physics 1 3
PS 15L General Physics 1 lab 1
Total   17
Year 1 Spring Semester  
EN 12 Texts & Contexts II 3
EG 145 Mathematical Analysis 3
PS 16 General Physics II 3
PS 16L General Physics II lab 1
MA 146 Calculus II: Eng.& Physics majors 4
SW 131 Fund. of Programming for Eng. 3
Total   17
Year 2 Fall Semester  
EE 213 Intro to Electric Circuits 3
EE 213L Electric Circuits lab 1
EN100-199 English Core Literature 3
HI 10 Origins of the Modern World 3
MA 245 Calculus III: Eng. & Physics majors 4
SC Science Elective 3
SC Science Elective lab 1
Total   18
Year 2 Spring Semester  
CD 211 Engineering Graphics I 3
CR 245 Digital Design I 3
CR 245L Digital Design I lab 1
EE 221 Frequency Domain Circuit Analysis 3
HI History Elective 3
MA 321 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Total   16
Year 3 Fall Semester  
EE 231 Intro. to Elec. Circuits & Devices 3
EE 231L Electronics Circuits lab 1
EE 301 Signals and Systems 3
EE 346 Embedded Microcontrollers 3
EE 346L Microcontrollers lab 1
MA 351 Probability Theory 3
RS 101 Exploring Religion 3
Total   17
Year 3 Spring Semester  
EE 331 Analog Electronics Design 3
EE 331L Analog Electronics Design lab 1
GE General Elective I 3
ME Mechanical Engineering Elective 3
MC 300 Feedback and Control Systems 3
PH Philosophy Elective 3
Total   16
Year 4 Fall Semester  
EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECE Major Grad. Elective I (programming) 3
EG 390 Senior Design Project I 3
PS 271 Electricity and Magnetism I   3
RS Religious Studies Elective 3
VP Art History Elective 3
Total   18
Year 4 Spring Semester  
AE 287 Engineering Ethics 3
ECE 420 Readings in ECE 3
EG 391 Senior Design Project II 3
GE General Elective II 3
SS Social Science Elective 3
Total   16
Year 5 Fall Semester  
ECE Major Graduate Elective 2 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 3 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 4 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 5 3
Total   12
Year 5 Spring Semester  
ECE Major Graduate Elective 6 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 7 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 8 3
ECE Major Graduate Elective 9 3
 Total    12
  Suggested Programming Electives:  
SW 410 Enterprise Java  
ECE 406 Advanced Digital Design  
ECE 410 Voice and Signal Processing  
ECE 433 Biomedical Visualization  
ECE 440 Computer Graphics  
ECE 460 Network Programming  
ECE 448 Embedded Microcontrollers  
ECE 431 Biomedical Signal Processing  
ECE 433 Biomedical Visualization