MIRSL Graduate Curriculum

There are a variety of courses offered both within the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and outside of it, within the University system, that offer unique educational opportunities for students. In the end, each student works with their advisor to pick the best curriculum suited to themselves. However, there are a number of courses that form the backbone of a "nominal" MIRSL curriculum. A sample of this curriculum for a Masters & PhD student is given below, with more courses provided per term than necessary to meet graduation requirements.  Microwave engineering students participate in research, or take laboratory courses to learn microwave measurement techniques; most do both. The emphasis on experimental measurements is a strength of UMass programs, distinguishing them from programs which emphasize theoretical analysis and computational simulation.

During their first two years in MIRSL, students usually take three courses each semester.  A typical MIRSL student's course curriculum is given here as an example.

Sample Curriculum

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester


ECE 584 Microwave Engineering I

ECE 585 Microwave Engineering II

ECE 606 Electromagnetic Field Theory

ECE 686 Introduction to Radar Systems

ECE 603 Probability and Random Process

ECE 683 Active Microwave Circuits


Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester

ECE 607 Fundamentals of Solidstate Electronics


ECE 687 Antenna Theory and Design

ECE 784 Selected Topics in Microwave Systems --Remote Sensing II

ECE 784 Selected Topic in Microwave Systems --Remote Sensing I


Third Year, Fall Semester

Third Year, Spring Semester


Course from ECE Graduate Course List