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Electrical and Computer Engineering

MSEE Plan A  (with thesis) - Degree Program Form

Degree Program Form—The degree program form is considered to be a contract between the student, the
graduate program, and the Graduate School. On the Degree Program you will indicate the coursework you
are using to meet your coursework requirements, including transfer coursework. You also will list the
names of the individuals who will be serving on your final examining committee.

    • The Graduate School must receive your degree program form at least one term prior to your anticipated
       term of degree clearance.
    •  Allow additional time for your adviser to approve your coursework and the department to process your form.
    •  Students who wish to complete a designated minor (which is certified on the transcript—unlike the related
        fields option, which is not) must complete 6 or more credits in a single field.
    •  Consult with the DGS of your minor field (if you are formally declaring a minor) about minor-field requirements.
    •  If you choose to designate a minor, the EE department requires minor courses to be in the lecture/exam
       format. Seminars, special investigations or directed studies type courses will not be counted toward minor
       requirements.
    •  Your degree program must be approved by the Graduate School before you can obtain your Graduation Packet
       and defend.
    •  Your final examination committee should include: Minimum of 2 major field and 1 minor/related field members.
    •  Only list coursework that is being taken to fulfill graduate program coursework requirements.
    •  Curricular Practical Training does not count toward degree requirements and should not be listed on the Degree
       Program
form.
    •  EE 8970, EE 8980 and colloquiums from other departments should not be listed on the Degree Program form.
    •  Non-IT courses must be approved in advance of taking them in order to be counted toward degree requirements.
       Submit a petition to Linda Jagerson which includes:
          •  The name of the course and a short course outline usually available on One Stop web sites.
          •  The rationale, or reason to take the class, i.e., how this class will help towards the overall degree
              objective.
          •  State if the class will be used to satisfy non-EE major or outside dept. course requirement.
          •  Provide a recommendation from your academic adviser/research adviser (with signature).
          •  All such classes must be eligible for Graduate Credit in the department where these are offered.
          •  The Graduate Committee will review these petitions quickly and give a decision within 1-2 weeks.
    • Transfer Credits—Master's degree students are required by the Graduate School to complete at least
       60 percent of the coursework for their official degree programs (excluding thesis credits) as registered
       University of Minnesota Graduate School students. The Graduate School has limitations on transfer
       credits. See the Graduate School Catalog.
    • Changes to an Approved Degree Program—Once approved, the degree program must be fulfilled in
       every detail to meet graduation requirements. Program changes should be requested by completing a
       Graduate School petition form. The petition form is available from the Graduate School, 316 Johnston Hall,  
       or online.
    • Changes to your Committee—The Graduate School, at gscmte@umn.edu, must be notified of any
      change to your committee after your degree program form has been approved. This can be done either by
       your adviser or Linda Jagerson. Please provide the following information:
          •  Student Name and ID Number
          •  Major Field
          •  Degree Sought
          •  Adviser
          •  Name of faculty member to be added
          •  Name of faculty member to be removed

    Total Credits for the Degree = 30
          Major Field Course Credits = 14
                • EE 5XXX and EE 8XXX count for major field credit.
                • Phys 4101, Phys 4202, Phys 5701-5702 can be counted toward major field credit.
                • Cross-listed Courses should be registered as Electrical Engineering. If enrollment is closed in Electrical
                   Engineering, you may register in the corss-listed department. The following cross-listed courses count
                   for major field credit:
                         -CSci 5204 (EE 5364) Advanced Computer Architecture
                         -CSci 8205 (EE 8367) Parallel Computer Organization
                         -ME 5361 (EE 5611) Plasma-Aided Manufacturing
                         -ME 8282 (EE 8215) Nonlinear Systems
                         -AEM 5321 (EE 5231) Linear Systems and Optimal Control
                         -AEM 5451 (EE 5251) Optimal Estimation
                         -AEM 8421 (EE 5235) Robust Control System Design
                • Six credits of EE 4XXX Regular/Special Topics or Lab Courses (excluding: senior design/co-op/independent
                   study) count for major field credit.
                         -ME 5281 (EE 4231) Linear Control Systems Laboratory, count toward the six credit EE 4XXX requirement.
                         -AEM 5495 (EE 4231) Linear Control Systems: Designed by Input/Output Methods, count toward the
                          six credit EE 4XXX requirement.
                • Non-CSE courses must be approved in advance of taking them in order to be counted toward the major field
                   course requirements.
          Minor/Related Field Course Credits = 6
                • Students who wish to complete a designated minor (which is certified on the transcript—unlike the related
                    fields option, which is not) must complete 6 or more credits in a single field.
                • Non-EE 4000 Level courses acceptable for Graduate Credit apply toward the 6 credit minor/related field
                  requirements.
                • CSci 5204, CSci 8205, ME 5281, ME 5361, ME 8282, AEM 8401, AEM 8421 are cross-listed courses with
                    EE and do not count toward the minor/related field course requirement.
                • Non-CSE courses must be approved in advance of taking them in order to be counted toward related/minor
                    field course requirements.               
                • Electrical Engineering courses do not count toward the Minor/Related Field requirement.
          Thesis Credits = 10
          Seminars are limited to 2 credits total and may be applied toward major or related/minor field course requirements.
                  but not EE 8970-80, or colloquiums from other departments.