Degrees Offered in EECS Graduate Program


The following four advanced degree programs are offered:

  1. Master of Science, required of students pursuing a doctoral degree (Please note: A terminal Masters degree is NOT offered)
  2. Master of Engineering, available to EECS undergraduates only
  3. Electrical Engineer and Engineer in Computer Science
  4. Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science

Master of Science

The Institute's requirements for the Master's degree are 66 units of coursework plus an acceptable thesis. The 66 units must include a minimum of 42 units of graduate "H" subjects (as indicated in the Catalog). The Department requires that the 66 units consist of at least four subjects, and that the 42 "H" units consist of at least four subjects. The remaining requirement of 24 units may be graduate "H" subjects, other subjects ("G" subjects), or intermediate or advanced undergraduate subjects, as approved by the Graduate Counselor and the Department. In general, subjects which ordinarily may be taken by first or second year undergraduate students will not be accepted for non-H credit in a Master's or Engineer's program.

Master of Engineering
Students interested in this degree should contact the Undergraduate Office.

Electrical Engineer or Engineer in Computer Science

For the Engineer degrees, 162 units are required, plus an acceptable thesis. The Department further requires 24 units of thesis registration, and that at least 90 units, consisting of no less than eight subjects (none less than 9 units), of the 162 required units be graduate "H" subjects. Subjects in which the grade received is C, D, or F will not be accepted in fulfillment of the unit requirement for the EE or ECS degree. A Master's thesis of superior quality will satisfy the EE or ECS thesis requirement. When the Master's thesis grade is reported, the thesis supervisor is asked to certify that, should the EE or ECS degree eventually be sought, the Master's thesis meets the required criteria for quality.

Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Science

The Institute's basic requirements for the award of a doctorate are:

  1. Completion of a major program of advanced study, including a General Examination
  2. Completion and oral defense of a thesis on original research
  3. A minimum residence requirement of four terms of full time graduate work.

Consult the current Catalog and Graduate School Manual for additional information. For further information on the Department's Minor requirement and course descriptions see the current catalog.