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Electrical Engineering MS Plan A (with thesis) - Credit Requirements

Full-time students must file the degree program form at least two months before beginning the last semester.
Part-time students taking one course per semester must file the degree program form after they have taken 14 course (not thesis) credits.
Only coursework used to satisfy degree requirements should be listed on the Graduate Degree Plan.

EE Major Field Coursework Requirement = 14
   • All major coursework must be taken A-F.
   • All major course work must be numbered EE 5XXX or EE 8XXX or EE 4XXX subject to the 4XXX coursework rule*.
   • Coursework that is cross listed with another department must be registered as an EE course, not the cross listed department to be counted toward degree requirements.
   • Can include up to 2 credits of seminars (S-N) or special investigation/directed study (A-F) type courses (except department seminars like EE 8970 and EE 8980) (topics seminars like magnetics seminar or communications seminar are examples of seminars that may be used toward meeting additional coursework credits).

Non-EE Coursework Requirement = 6

    • All Non-EE coursework must be taken A-F.
    • All Non-EE coursework must be College of Science and Engineering courses unless you have the non-CSE course preapproved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Acceptance must be in writing and attached to the Degree Plan at the time of submission.
    • Non-EE coursework that is cross listed with Electrical Engineering does not count toward the non-EE coursework requirement.
    • Non-EE 4XXX coursework will only be accepted from the following list. Non-EE 4000 Level Courses Acceptable for Graduate Credit subject to 4XXX coursework rule.*

    • No seminars, special investigation or directed study coursework may be applied toward meeting the Non-EE course requirement.
    • To designate a minor, please talk with the minor department to learn their requirements.

MSEE Thesis Credit Requirement (EE 8777) = 10
    • Plan A thesis credits can be registered for at any time during a master’s student’s degree program.

Total Credits for the Degree = 30

*4XXX Coursework Rule
    • A maximum of nine 4000-level course credits may be used to satisfy master’s degree requirements.
      Of these, only six credits may be EE 4000-level (regular coursework, no seminars, projects, directed study courses).
    • Do not list more than nine credits of 4000-level coursework on your degree plan. Partial credits from a course are not accepted.
    • Non-EE 4XXX coursework will only be accepted from the following list. Non-EE 4000 Level Courses Acceptable for Graduate Credit.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
EE 5990 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) does not count toward degree requirements and should not be listed on the Graduate Degree Plan.
Full-time CPT is allowed in summer.
Full-time CPT is allowed during the academic year if all course credits for the degree have been completed.
Full-time CPT during the academic year must be approved by your advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Transfer Credits for the MSEE Degree
Please see the General Information section of the Graduate School Catalog which describes in detail the percentage of coursework that can be transferred. Coursework must be taken post-baccalaureate, be graduate level, and taken for graduate credit an accredited institution.

Students Pursuing Two Master’s Degrees

    • There can be a maximum of eight credits in common between two University master’s level degrees.

Performance Standards and Progress
   • Coursework must be taken A-F unless only offered S-N.
   •  Minimum Graduate Degree Plan GPA for graduation is 3.0 GPA.
   •  Lowest grade accepted on the degree program form is 2.0 (grade C).
   • Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will have a registration hold placed on their account preventing further registration. To have the hold removed they will need to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies.
   • Students are required to register every fall and spring term from the time of matriculation to degree conferral.
   • With justification Grad 999 can be used once to satisfy fall/spring term registration requirements. Submit your request to Linda Jagerson in 3-166 Keller Hall.
   • Students admitted to our program before Spring 2013 must complete their MSEE degree within 7 years of the earliest coursework listed on the degree program form.
   • Students entering the program after January 2013, must complete their degree within five calendar years after initial enrollment in the Graduate School.
   • Students unable to complete the degree within the time limits described may petition the department and the college for one extension up to 24 months. Students must obtain the approval of their advisor(s) and EE DGS and submit the petition for an extension at least six months prior to the end of the time limit.