Microwave, Antenna and Photonic Systems (MAPS)

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

MAPS, 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.

Degree Requirements

Ten courses (30 credits) are required to complete a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a MAPS concentration. The following core courses are required:

  • Introduction to Photonics (ECE8562)
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques I (ECE8670)
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques II (ECE8671)
  • Antenna Theory I (ECE8675)

Area courses include:

  • RFIC Design (ECE8566)
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Circuits (ECE8568)
  • Antenna Theory II (ECE8676)
  • Optical Communications (ECE8760)

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

Complete list of courses by semester

A three-year Advanced Course Planning form is available here.

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.


Dr. Robert Caverly, Professor, 610-519-5660

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar, Professor, 610-519-7223

Dr. Rosalind Wynne, Associate Professor, 610-519-6294


Related Research Facilities

Antenna Research Laboratory

Laboratory for Lightwave Devices

Microwave Electromagnetics Laboratory