This specialization will provide training in a set of related topics in signal processing and communications.

Signal Processing and Communications

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering – Signal Processing and Communications

Area Director: Professor Izhak

Program Description:
This specialization will provide training in a set of related topics in signal processing and communications. Students will receive advanced knowledge in multimedia systems from the fundamentals of media representation and compression through to transmission of signals over communications links and networks.

Program Statistics for Signal Processing and Communications

Degree Requirements:
At least nine courses are required (36 Units), of which at least FIVE must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement. Courses applied toward the degree must be taken for letter grade; S/U grading is not acceptable.

Select a minimum of six courses from the list below.  Graduate students should not take more than (3) 100-level courses. 

  • EC ENGR 113 – Digital Signal Processing
  • EC ENGR 131A – Probability and Statistics
  • EC ENGR 132A Introduction to Communication Systems
  • EC ENGR 132B – Data Communications and Telecommunication Networks
  • ECE 205A – Matrix Analysis for Scientists and Engineers
  • EC ENGR M214A – Digital Speech Processing
  • EC ENGR 230A – Detection and Estimation in Communication
  • EC ENGR 230B – Digital Communication Systems
  • EC ENGR 231A – Information Theory
  • EC ENGR 231E – Channel Coding Theory
  • EC ENGR 232B – Telecommunication Switching and Queueing Systems
  • EC ENGR 232D – Communications Networking and Traffic Management for Autonomous Mobile Systems
  • EC ENGR 233 – Wireless Communications Systems Design, Modeling, and Implementation
  • EC ENGR 235A –  Mathematical Foundations of Data Storage Systems

Please visit the Registrar’s webpage for Course Descriptions.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement by choosing ONE option below:

Option 1:
Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:
Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

As long as you have met the requirements above, the remaining courses may be selected from other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary.  Please note: Students may not apply electives towards earning a certificate.  Certificate programs are intended for non-matriculating students and are categorized as separate programs.

Thesis Plan:

Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.