The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduate Programs | ECE | Virginia Tech

Emphasis in Communications, Signal Processing, and Radar

In wireless communications, we seek to transfer information over increasingly difficult conditions, harsh environments, and vulnerable channels. The countless "smart things" pervading our lives drive evermore-exigent scenarios and present new challenges constantly. The curriculum for the ECE MEng with an emphasis in Wireless Communications covers a wide variety of fundamental coursework and the relevant project experience to enable graduates to conceive, design, analyze, develop, secure, and field state-of-the-art wireless communication systems that connect us on a global scale.


Required Courses: 3 Credit Hours

ECE 5605 – Stochastic Signals and Systems I (3C)
ECE 5654 – Digital Communications II: Advanced Theory and Analysis (3C)

Required Courses (4 of the following): 12 Credit Hours

ECE 5606 – Stochastic Signals and Systems II (3C)
ECE 5620 – Advanced DSP & Filter Design (3C)
ECE 5660 – Spread Spectrum Communications (3C)
ECE 5714 – Robust Estimation and Filtering (3C)
ECE 5635 – Radar Systems Analysis & Design I (3C)
ECE 5636 – Radar Systems Analysis & Design II (3C)
ECE 4644 – Satellite Communications (3C)
ECE 5664 – Cellular Communication Systems (3C)
ECE 5644 – Game Theory for Communication Networks (3C)
ECE 6634 – Multi-Channel Communications (3C)

Suggested Out-of-Area and Out-of-Department Courses (2 of the following): 6 Credit Hours

ECE 5480 – Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (3C)
ECE 5324 – Power System Planning (3C)
ECE 5744 – Linear Systems Theory (3C)
ISE 5804 – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (3C)
ISE 5164 – Transfer and Application of Emerging Technology (3C)
ISE 5174 – Engineering Program and Project Management (3C)

Required Courses (2 Semesters of Seminar): 2 Credit Hours

ECE 5944 – Seminar (1C)

Required Courses (Final Project and Report): 3 Credit Hours

ECE 5904 – Project and Report (3C) – (Faculty Advisor, Northern Virginia)

Elective Courses (2 ECE or Related Area Courses): 6 Credit Hours

Examples include:

ECE 5605 – Stochastic Signals and Systems I (3C)
ECE 5654 – Digital Communications II: Advanced Theory and Analysis (3C)
ECE 5620 – Advanced DSP & Filter Design (3C)
ECE 5660 – Spread Spectrum Communications (3C)
ECE 5714 – Robust Estimation and Filtering (3C)
ECE 5636 – Radar Systems Analysis & Design II (3C)
ECE 5324 – Power System Planning (3C)
ECE 5744 – Linear Systems Theory (3C)

Total Credit Hours: 32 (comprised of 27 credit hours of graded courses, 2 credit hours of Seminar, and 3 credit hours of Project and Report)

Example Curriculum

Accelerated MEng Degree Program – Communications, Signal Processing, and Radar

Fall Semester

ECE 5605 (3C)
ECE 5654 (3C)
ECE 5324 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ECE 5664 (3C)
ECE 5620 (3C)
ISE 5164 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer I & II

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5606 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)

Three-Semester MEng Degree Program – Communications, Signal Processing, and Radar

Fall Semester

ECE 5605 (3C)
ECE 5635 (3C)
ECE 5324 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ISE 5164 (3C)
ECE 5664 (3C)
ECE 5620 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer

Summer Internship
GRAD 5944 (for International Students)

Fall Semester

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)
ECE 5606 (3C)

Communications, Signal Processing, and Radar – Washington, D.C., metro area Faculty