Masters of Electrical & Computer Engineering | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University

Masters of Electrical & Computer Engineering | School of Law | SIU

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Masters of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is one of the few institutions in the country to offer a concurrent degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Law. Students prepared for this program are expected to possess an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or related field. Students are able to tailor their program of study to focus on legal principles and policies involving the engineering profession including patent, copyright, trademark, environmental and electronic commerce laws, federal regulation of electronic media and other engineering-related areas of law.

Curriculum

The THESIS course of study consists of the following:

  • 12 hours of 500-level ECE courses
  • 6 hours of ECE 599 Master’s Thesis
  • 3 hours of ECE 592 Special Investigations
  • 81 hours of LAW courses, which must include 9 hours from an approved list

The nine hours of ECE 599 and ECE 592 are applied toward the J.D. degree, for a total of 90 hours. The nine hours of LAW courses from the approved list are applied toward the M.S. degree in ECE, for a total of 30 hours

The Non-THESIS course of study consists of the following:

  • 15 hours of 500-level ECE courses
  • 3 hours of ECE 592 Special Investigations
  • 3 hours of ECE 593 Advanced Topics
  • 81 hours of LAW courses, which must include 9 hours from an approved list

Nine hours of ECE courses, including ECE 592 and ECE 593 are applied toward the J.D. degree, for a total of 90 hours. The nine hours of LAW courses from the approved list are applied toward the M.S. in ECE, for a total of 30 hours.

Admission

Students must meet the requirements of admission and be admitted separately to the Master of Science program in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Law. Accepted students could complete the concurrent program in as few as three years, including summers. Law students interested in this program should consult with the School of Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and with the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.