Audio Engineering at the University of Miami was established 1992. The program brings together faculty expertise from Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the Frost School of Music. It uniquely meets the needs of industry, training professionals with solid foundations in technical areas where sound and acoustics play a key role. Students gain theoretical knowledge from engineering and music, along with analytical, technical and design skills that can only be acquired with an engineering degree.

Fully ABET-accredited, the Audio Engineering curriculum combines traditional electrical engineering areas such as electronics, digital systems, microprocessors and digital signal processing with audio studies in acoustics, digital speech and audio, and acoustic transducers. Students work in modern laboratory facilities where they can experiment with electronics, digital design, microprocessors, audio recording, audio synthesis and acoustics. UM Audio Engineering graduates are audio-specialized electrical engineers who are highly sought-after by the industry.

During its 26 successful years, Audio Engineering at UM has produced an impressive group of alumni successful careers in music, gaming and entertainment, telecommunications, the analog and digital electronics, computer and software industries, and in the biomedical systems and instrumentation industry. Many have pursued graduate degrees at other top universities. The program implements continous improvements, including innovative teaching and hands-on audio engineering design projects, as well as ever-deeper links with industry.

Curriculum Requirements

Common Engineering Requirements
ECE 111Introduction to Engineering I3
ECE 112Introduction to Engineering II2
ECE 118Introduction to Programming3
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
ECE 202Electronics I3
ECE 203Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
ECE 206Circuits, Signals, and Systems3
ECE 211Logic Design3
ECE 212Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing3
ECE 218Data Structures3
ECE 302Electronics II3
ECE 303Electronics Laboratory1
ECE 315Digital Design Laboratory1
ECE 316Structured Digital Design1
ECE 336Discrete-Time Signals and Systems3
ECE 481Senior Project I1
ECE 482Senior Project II2
EE Core Electives6
ECE Design Elective3
Engineering and Technical Electives
ECE 437Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory1
ECE 502Engineering Acoustics3
ECE 540Digital Speech and Audio Processing3
Audio Engineering or Technical Electives6
Other Courses
MMI (Music Media) Credit Hours13
MTC (Music Theory) Credit Hours3
Math & Basic Science Credit Hours33
General Education Credit Hours24
Total Credit Hours134

Suggested Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
MMI 201 Introduction to Music Recording 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 2
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
ECE 218 Data Structures 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab 1
HA Cognate (Humanities and Arts Elective) 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ECE 202 Electronics I 3
ECE 203 Electrical Circuits Laboratory 1
ECE 206 Circuits, Signals, and Systems 3
ECE 211 Logic Design 3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers 1
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
ECE 302 Electronics II 3
ECE 303 Electronics Laboratory 1
ECE 315 Digital Design Laboratory 1
ECE 336 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 3
ECE 310 or IEN 310 Introduction to Engineering Probability
or Introduction to Engineering Probability
3
MMI 502 Audio Signal Processing I 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 212 Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing 3
ECE 316 Structured Digital Design 1
ECE 436 Digital Signal Processing 3
EE Core Elective 1 3
MMI 172 Audio Design Workshop III 1
MMI 503 Audio Signal Processing II 3
HA Cognate (Adv. HA Elective) 2 3
 Credit Hours17
Senior Year
Fall
ECE 437 Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory 1
ECE 481 Senior Project I 1
ECE 502 Engineering Acoustics 3
ECE Design Elective 1 3
Audio Engineering or Tech. Elective 1 3
Audio Engineering Elective 1 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 482 Senior Project II 2
ECE 540 Digital Speech and Audio Processing 3
MMI 436 Audio Postproduction 4 3
MMI 501 Transducer Theory 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
PS Cognate (Adv. PS Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours134