Office of Graduate Student Services
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 will also list the names of the individuals who
will be serving on your PhD Preliminary Oral 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.
• 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.
• You will need to list your Preliminary Oral examination committee: Minimum of 3 major field and 1 minor/related
• Your adviser should be listed as Chair for your Preliminary Oral examination committee.
• Only list the 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.
• EE 8965 Plan C Project I and EE 8967 Place C Project II should not be listed on the Degree Program Form.
• The maximum number of credits from seminars, special investigations, and directed studies you can include
toward degree requirements = 2
• but not EE 8970-80, or colloquiums from other department
• 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 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 week
• Transfer Credits—For information on transferring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, needs to 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
• Name of faculty member to be added
• Name of faculty member to be remove
• For Final Doctoral Exams: Indicate Reviewers
Total Credits for the Degree = 40
Major Field Course Credits = 14
• EE 5XXX and EE 8XXX count for major field credit.
• Cross-listed Courses should be registered as Electrical Engineering. If enrollment is closed in Electrical
Engineering, you may register in the cross-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) Plama-Aided Manufacturing
-ME 8282 (EE 8215) Nonlinear System
-AEM 5321 (EE 5231) Linear Systems and Optimal Control
-AEM 5451 (EE 5251) Optimal Estimation
-AEM 8421 (EE 5235) Robust Control System Design
• EE 4XXX courses do not count for major field credit.
• Seminars, special investigation/directed study courses do not count for major field credit.
Minor/Supporting Field Credits = 12
• To designate a minor (which is certified on the transcript—unlike the related fields option, which is not)
students must complete 12 or more credits in a single field. A designated minor must be approved by the director
of graduate studies in the minor field and the major department. 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 even if approved by the minor department.
• Non-EE 4000 level courses acceptable for Graduate Credit apply toward the 12 credit minor/supporting field
• Cross listed courses: CSci 5204, CSci 8205, ME 5281, ME 5361, ME 8282, AEM 8401, AEM 8421 do not count
for minor/related field credit.
• Seminars, special investigation/directed study courses do not count toward the minor/supporting field requirement.
• Electrical Engineering courses do not count toward the Minor/Related Field requirement.
Additional Major/Supporting Credits = 14
• Can include up to 8 MS thesis credits.
• 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 (EE4231) Linear Control Systems Laboratory, count toward the six credit EE 4XXX requirement.
-AEM 5495 (EE4231) Linear Control Systems: Designed by Input/Output Methods, count toward the six credit
EE 4XXX requirement.
• Non-EE 4000 Level courses acceptable for Graduate Credit apply toward the 14 credit additional major/supporting
• Can include up to two credits total from the following:
• seminars (but not EE 8970-80, or colloquiums)
• special investigations/directed study
Thesis Credits = 24