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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering BS + MS

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The Electrical Engineering Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program enables qualified students in the Electrical Engineering, BS  program to complete simultaneously the requirements for both the Electrical Engineering, BS and Electrical Engineering, MS  degrees. Students progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in one fewer semester than would occur if completing them separately. This program thus provides a substantial cost savings. 

Summary of Degree Units

Electrical Engineering, BS 120
Electrical Engineering, MS 30
Total 150

For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator​ Thuy Le.

Admissions Requirements

All SJSU Electrical Engineering, BS undergraduates are eligible to apply for, and be admitted to, the Electrical Engineering SAGE Scholars program if they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed a minimum of 75 Electrical Engineering BS applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission in the program;
  2. Completed EE 110 EE 112 , and EE 118  with grades of “B” or better;
  3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher.
  4. Have completed all lower-division work (including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses).

Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.

Academic Standing 

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Meeting every semester with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. Once the BS degree is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study;
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C. Students not maintaining these standards will be placed on probation initially, followed by disqualification if the grades are not improved within two semesters; and, 
  • The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MS degree.
  • Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are waived or satisfied with required courses in the major: GE Areas A3, B, C2, C1/C2, and E, SJSU Studies (R, S and V) and Physical Education. Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units.

Program Requirements (150 units)

Electrical Engineering, BS (120 units)

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major. 

University Requirements (18 units)

The Lower and Upper Division General Education  requirements may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. To satisfy the American Institutions (US123) , students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and ENGR 100W  with a grade of “C” or better (“C-” not accepted).

Major Electives (12 units)

Electives must be approved by advisor. Recommend 9 units of gradute-level specialization.

Electrical Engineering, MS (30 units)

Culminating Experience (6 units)

Total Units Required (150 units)

A coherent plan of study must be approved on the prescribed form by the graduate coordinator. In special circumstances, a maximum of 3 units of approved courses taken outside the Electrical Engineering Department may be applied toward the MS - Electrical Engineering degree. Students who wish to take courses outside the Electrical Engineering Department must have pre-approval by the Graduate Coordinator.

The traditional MS - Electrical Engineering degree requires 33 units. Students in the SAGE program are only required to satisfy 30 units for the master’s portion of the degree. If the CSU approves a policy to allow unit overlap for SAGE Scholars programs, the Electrical Engineering SAGE Scholars program will decrease by 9-12 units to 139-141 total units required (allowing overlap of the electives. Please consult your advisor regarding the status of the policy.

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