Signal Processing and Communications (SPC)

Signal Processing and Communications (SPC) is the foundation of today’s information society. Villanova offers introductory and advanced instruction in statistical signal processing, communication systems, DSP, wireless communications, 5G wireless sensor networks, radar systems, and detection and estimation. Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in:

  • Wireless and Cellular Communications
  • RF Passive and Active Sensing
  • Waveform Design
  • Cognitive Radio and Radar
  • Smart Antennas
  • GPS Technologies
  • Satellite Communications
  • Radar Imaging and SAR
  • Signal and Target Classifications
  • Reconfigurable Systems and Arrays
  • Ultrasound Signal Processing for Additive manufacturing

The SPC concentration is supported by the Center for Advanced Communication, a world-class research facility that has been on the forefront of numerous innovations such as through wall radar imaging and novel uses of radar in health care. The center operates five research laboratories: Antennas, Wireless Communications, Radar Imaging, RFID and Acoustics and Ultrasound.

Degree Requirements

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

  • Statistical Signal Processing (ECE 8072)
  • Digital Signal Processing (ECE 8231)
  • Comm System Engineering (ECE 8700)

Area courses include three of the following:

  • Real-Time DSP (ECE 7710)
  • Detection & Estimation (ECE 8705)
  • Wireless Comm (ECE 8708)
  • Radar Systems (ECE 8710)

Math courses (1)

  • Engineering Math I (ECE 8001)
  • Matrix Theory (ECE 8007)

Up to 3 additional courses should be selected to complement those above and to support your professional interests.

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 plans before registering for fall semester of their senior year.

Academic Advisor

Students with a concentration in Signal Processing and Communications must work with an 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. Bijan Mobasseri is the default academic advisor for this concentration. The academic advisor for students who are on sponsored projects is the research advisor.


Dr. Moeness G. Amin, Professor
Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu, Research Professor
Dr. Bijan G. Mobasseri, Professor
Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi, Assistant Professor

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Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies
(610) 519-7233