Microwave, Antenna and Photonic Systems, a concentration in the Electrical Engineering graduate program, covers material in microwave theory and techniques, antennas and photonics.

A concentration in this area provides students the tools to understand, design and implement telecommunication systems for a variety of terrestrial and space applications. Our increased reliance on high frequency systems ensures that this field will grow as an in-demand area of expertise both for the corporate world and defense industry.

Aircraft scale-model antenna test in the anechoic chamber of Villanova’s Antenna Research Lab
Aircraft scale-model antenna test in the anechoic chamber of Villanova’s Antenna Research Lab


Degree Requirements

Ten courses (30 credits) are required to complete a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Microwave, Antenna, and Photonic Systems (MAPS):

Core Courses:
Area courses:



Additional courses should be selected to complement those above and to support your professional interests.

Complete list of courses by semester

Degree plans must be submitted before registering for your first semester. Students in the five-year BS/MS program must submit their plan before registering for fall semester of their senior year.

Academic Advisor

Each student who selects the MAPS concentration must work with his/her academic or research advisor to prepare and submit an approved degree plan. The academic advisor must be one of the full-time faculty members listed below. Dr. Robert Caverly is the default academic advisor for this concentration. Any student interested in the MAPS concentration is encouraged to meet with him until they have established a permanent academic advisor.


Related Research Facilities

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies


Shalini Sunkara, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“Villanova offers a strong research-oriented graduate school program. It has extremely qualified faculty willing to help students excel in their areas of interest.”

Shalini Sunkara, Senior Project Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Mark Schaff, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“The professors in Electrical Engineering are very easy to work with and the program itself is tailorable. I appreciated how I was able to select classes that matched my professional interests.”

Mark Schaff, Systems Engineering Lead, The Boeing Company


Jad Rabah works in the lab with Associate Professor Rosalind Wynne.

“Villanova's professors aren't only academics. They are industry experts who understand how things work. That makes them so much more valuable to us as students.”

Jad Rabah, Advanced Space Systems Engineer, Telesat Canada