Electrical Engineering PhD Credit Requirements
The Graduate Degree Plan must be filed before you begin your fifth semester of study.
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.
• 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.
• No seminars, special investigation or directed study coursework may be applied toward meeting the major field requirements.
Non-EE Coursework Requirement = 12
• 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.
Additional Coursework Credits = 14
• Additional credits must be College of Science and Engineering coursework (includes Electrical Engineering).
• Can include up to 8 MS thesis credits.
• Cannot include EE8965 Plan C Project.
• Can include 4XXX coursework subject to the 4XXX coursework rule*
• 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).
PhD Thesis Credit Requirement (EE 8888) = 24
Total Credits for the Degree = 64
Department 6 Credit 8XXX Requirement
Your program must include 6 credits at the 8XXX level. Courses can be EE or Non-EE (College of Science and Engineering). Coursework must be regular coursework. Seminars, directed study/special investigations may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
A minimum of 12 course credits and 24 PhD thesis credits must be taken at the University of Minnesota.
*4XXX Coursework Rule
A maximum of nine 4000-level course credits may be used to satisfy doctoral 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 400-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.
Transfer Credits for the Doctoral Degree
Please see the General Information section of the Graduate School Catalog which describes in detail what can be transferred.
All transfer credits need to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students should make an appointment with the Director to go over their degree plan. Please include a copy of the transcript for the courses you want to transfer along with the syllabus for each class.
Performance Standards and Progress
• Coursework must be taken A-F unless only offered S-N.
• Minimum Graduate Degree Plan CPA for graduation is 3.3 GPA.
• Lowest grade accepted on the degree program form is 2.0 (grade C).
• Students whose GPA falls below 3.3 will have an OL 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 PhD degree within 5 calendar years after pass the PhD Preliminary Oral exam.
• Students entering the program after January 2013, must complete their degree within eight 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.