A student who has completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, can be awarded the “M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering” degree, and a student who has completed his undergraduate studies in another discipline can be awarded the “M.Sc. in Sciences” (see admittance). This, after completing 19 credit points of course work and submitting a thesis, on a research, or on an engineering project, or after completion of a study program of 27 credit points of course work and submitting a final paper which amounts to about half the scope of a research or project theses. A student can be awarded the “M.E.E” (Master of Electrical Engineering—without a thesis), upon completing 19 credit points of course work and undertaking a project or seminar with the framework of “Final seminar 1, 2” – 048990 and 048991.
Two of the credit points must be in one of the basic science courses (see page 34). (It is recommended that these credit points are completed prior to the submission of the research proposal). The remaining credit points have to be accrued by studying courses from the list of graduate courses given by the Department of Electrical Engineering, and the courses given jointly for graduate and undergraduate studies, provided they were not taken during the undergraduate studies. The student is allowed to take courses (in addition to the course in basic sciences) offered by other departments. Taking more than one additional such course, however, requires the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC). This restriction does not apply to the M.E.E. program—see below. The student will be credited for an approved course taken in another department, provided the credit does not exceed 3 points (even if the course exceeds 3 credit points).
The study program (including the research, engineering project, or final paper) has to be structured so as to provide one major area of study and a number of secondary areas.
The student has to submit the study program on the appropriate forms to the Graduate School (one copy), and to the GSC (one copy). The forms must be signed by both the student and the advisor. Special requests for an additional course, or cancellation of a course, must be submitted to the GSC on appropriate forms and signed by the student and the advisor. All said submissions should be done only through the Graduate Secretariat of the department of Electrical Engineering.
There will be no credit or marks for courses not appearing on study-program forms. It is impossible to cancel a course retroactively. A student who does not take an exam in one of his registered courses will be considered “failed” in this course, unless he has notified the course instructor in advance (or within a week from the exam date). (Note paragraphs 26.03, 26.05, 26.07 in Graduate School Regulations) and a re-registration to that course (at a later dater) will be required. A qualifying student who is required to take undergraduate or joint undergraduate/graduate courses and failed, can be examined in the second exam period. A second exam period will only be possible for students who have failed a course and not for students who wish to improve grades. There is no second exam period in graduate courses.
As a rule, after a student has accrued about 10 credit points (20 credit points in the M.E.E. program) it is his/her responsibility to approach faculty members in his field of interest (see list of permanent and adjunct members), in order to explore the possibility of carrying out a final paper, research, engineering project or seminar. It is not possible to guarantee an advisor for each subject and area: this is especially true for students who do not spend full-time studying at the Technion. Advisor from outside E.E. will be allowed only if unable to find an advisor from within, and after obtaining permission from the Graduate Studies Coordinator. External supervision must be approved by the GSC. The Graduate Studies Secretary will advise the student accordingly.
The final paper, research, or project proposal are the heart of the program, and require significant and concentrated effort, originality and mastery of the scientific area.
The proposal of the research/final paper/engineering project should be submitted to the GSC in duplicate on a form (available from the Office) together with a short explanatory abstract (5-6 lines) regarding the contents of the paper, duly signed by the student and the advisor. As soon as the proposal is approved, the temporary advisor relinquishes his/her post in favor of the final paper, thesis, or project advisor.
A student should check that there are active faculty members (not on sabbatical) in his field of interest who might be potential advisors.
The final paper, research, or project proposal has to be submitted to the GSC. (Forms are available in the office).
Admisison to the M.Sc. Program:
Applications to the M.Sc. program are handled by the Committee for Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The committee considers the potential and the achievements of the candidate, and evaluates his/her chances to successfully complete the program. This is based on all available information, including grades, recommendations, publications, and other data. The Grade Point Average serves as a preliminary criterion only. For example, the committee gives much weight to superior grades in advanced, challenging courses, but reduced weight to grades achieved by repeating any course several semesters after it was initially taken; this is especially true for basic courses. The student’s willingness to study full-time, without working, will be taken into account.
A. M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
Applicants with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering will be considered for the M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Candidates must comply with one of the following entry requirements:
- The candidate has earned a B.Sc. from an Israeli University with a high grade point average (GPA) of at least 88.
- The candidate has earned a B.Sc. from an Israeli University with GPA of at least 83, was considered and accepted by the GSC (considering supporting material, see the Graduate Secretariat of EE).
- The candidate satisfies the requirements to transfer from advanced studies (see the relevant regulation below).
Candidates that are accepted according to case 2 or 3 above but do not commit to study full-time (without working), will be accepted to the M.E.E. program. If such a candidate obtains an advisor within 4 semesters, he/she will be transferred to the M.Sc. program.
In some cases students will be requested to complete their studies by taking courses from the undergraduate curriculum, or courses from the combined (undergraduate and graduate) curriculum, according to the recommendation of the GSC. Such requirements will have to be completed, without failed grades and with a grade point average of at least 86. Some of these courses may be credited towards the degree requirements, as per the recommendations of the GSC.
B. M.Sc. in Sciences
Applicants with a B.Sc. in the Exact Sciences (i.e., computer science, physics, mathematics), or a B.Sc. in Engineering (excluding electrical and computer engineering) will be considered for the M.Sc. in Sciences. Candidates must comply with one of the following entry requirements:
1. The candidate has a high GPA (at least 90) in his undergraduate studies from an Israeli University.
2. The candidate has earned a B.A. or B.Sc. from an Israeli University with a lower GPA of at least 85, or is a graduate of a recognized university abroad, accepted by the GSC. (With respect to supporting material that needs to be presented to the GSC, please contact the office of graduate studies in the faculty.)
In most cases the candidate will be conditionally admitted as a qualified student and be required to complete courses that will be decided upon by the GSC. The student must complete these courses without failure, and with a GPA of at least 86.
Candidates that are accepted according to case 2 above but do not commit to study full-time (without working), will be accepted to the M.E.E. program. If such a candidate obtains an advisor within 4 semesters, he/she will be transferred to the M.Sc. program.
Completion Requirements for Graduates of a 4 year study-track:
As a rule, courses from the undergraduate, or the combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum that provide background or are basic requirements for the specific fields of interest and according to the GSC's recommendation. Recognition of courses on the graduate level among these courses as part of the degree requirements is based on the recommendation of the GSC.
Completion Requirements for Graduates of a 3 year study-track:
As a rule, at least 24 credit points from the undergraduate or the combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum for the specific field of interest, according to that provide background or are basic requirements GSC’s recommendation. The student's grades must comply with the average grade required for acceptance. Among these courses, at least 24 credits, which will be determined by the GSC, will not be accredited in the Graduate study program. For outstanding candidates, the committee may recommend a smaller requirement of courses.
Graduates of colleges in Engineering or Science:
Outstanding graduates of colleges who hold an accredited Bachelor degree may be accepted. A pre-requisite of at least 20 credit points for graduates of a four-year program, and 40 credit points for graduates of a three year program will be imposed. For details contact the Technion Graduate School.
Graduates of colleges in Engineering or Science:
Candidates should be outstanding students, hold a Bachelor degree in Engineering or Science. Graduates of a four-year program will be required to complete at least 20 credit points, and graduates of a three-year program-at least 40 credit points with a grade point average of at least 86, as a pre-requisite. At most 10 credit points will be recognized towards the degree.