The MEE is a terminal, non-thesis degree intended primarily for students who wish to strengthen their academic background through three or four semesters of additional coursework. The MEE program is a bridge to industry, designed to provide advanced learning and training in the applied aspects of ECE technology beyond the typical undergraduate electrical and computer engineering degree program.
Students are admitted to the MEE degree program in the fall semester. MEE students are to consult with an academic advisor on the MEE committee each semester in order to identify and clearly document their individual curricular requirements or degree plan to be followed. An MEE degree planning form and current requirements may be found on the ECE website.
Upon matriculation, the MEE is assigned a faculty advisor in their primary area of interest. The advisor will counsel the student in developing a degree plan consistent with the student’s career objectives. The MEE may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. Students must maintain continuous program enrollment and involvement unless granted an official leave of absence. For more information see the GA ga.rice.edu.
Degree Works is a degree-auditing tool that assists students in tracking their academic progress toward graduation. Degree Works can be accessed through ESTHER.
Each incoming MEE student is assigned an academic advisor, usually a member of the Professional Master’s Committee, to help with course selection and other initial academic concerns. Final course selection does not need to be completed until after the start of classes, but must be completed before the ADD deadline, typically the Friday of the second week of classes. Students should submit their approved degree plans to Norma Santamaría at least two days before the deadline.
ELEC 698 Seminar
The ELEC 698 seminar course broadens an MEE student’s exposure to activities and opportunities in all fields of electrical engineering, both in industry and research settings. All MEE students are required to take and successfully complete ELEC 698 for each semester in residence at Rice University. The course requires registered attendance at three (3) ECE sponsored or co-sponsored seminars per semester, and at the featured departmental events described in the following paragraph.
In addition to the attendance at three seminars, ELEC 698 requires that each student attend and sign in for the following events: ECE Corporate Affiliates Day, the Brice Distinguished Lecture, and the Chapman Distinguished Lecture in the years they are held. These featured departmental events provide each MEE student excellent opportunities to expand their professional network by interacting with alumni and industrial affiliates of the ECE department.
Corporate Affiliates Day is Scheduled for April 3, 2020 and attendance is mandatory.
Exceptions must be approved and signed off by the MEE administator. Reasonable exceptions include work obligations, travel for job interviews, etc.
Details of seminars are emailed and posted on the ECE website. Some seminars hosted by the Engineering Professional Master’s Program (EPMP) can count for one of the three seminars. Please check with the MEE Administrator for a list of approved seminars. Sudents are responsible for signing in during the first 10 minutes of the seminar. Attendence logged after that time will not be counted. If there are any difficulties with signing in, students should contact the MEE Administrator within 24 hours of the seminar.
Guidelines for Independent Study
ELEC 590 - Graduate Non-Thesis Research Projects is intended for MEE students who wish to undertake specific research projects under the direction of a faculty member. The parameters of the research, as well as a brief abstract for the project and grade determination should be discussed with the faculty member and submitted to the MEE Program Administrator prior to enrollment in the course. The form may be found on the ECE website. A maximum of three (3) credits of ELEC 590 can be applied to the MEE degree as an elective course.
ELEC 591 - Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) at Rice University. This program unites graduates and undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Students interested in VIP should meet and consult with the faculty lead of that project. Visit vip.rice.edu for more information.
MEE Degree Requirements
Your first semester at Rice will begin with Orientation Week (or O-Week) where you will learn about Rice and ECE. The major events of this week will include presentations by several of the faculty with whom you will become familiar. You will meet your advisor, discuss your career objectives and select your courses for your first semester.
In consultation with your advisor, you will determine a degree plan and timeline for completion. This must be submitted to the MEE Program Administrator.
MEE students are to consult with an academic advisor on the MEE Committee each semester in order to identify and clearly document their individual curricular requirements or degree plan to be followed. A degree plan must be submitted for each semester in residence, but degree plans may be revised, re-approved and resubmitted at any time.
An MEE degree planning form and current requirements may be found at ece.rice.edu/graduate-study/mee-program/mee-academics.
Semesters 2 and 3
Students should consult their Degree Works audit through ESTHER to evaluate how they are meeting the university and departmental degree requirements. In the final semester of MEE studies, an “Application for Degree” is completed. The pre-printed form can be found on ESTHER and is submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
The MEE program must be completed within 5 years.