Graduate program requirements

    Master of Science

    The Institute’s requirements for the Master’s degree are 66 units of coursework plus an acceptable thesis. The Department requires that the 66 units consist of at least four subjects, at the “G” level. In addition, there is a requirement of one unit of Professional Perspective documented under 6.994.

    Master of Engineering

    Students interested in this degree should contact the Undergraduate Office. (Restricted to MIT EECS Undergraduates.)

    Electrical Engineer or Engineer in Computer Science

    For the Engineer degrees, 162 units are required, plus an acceptable thesis. 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 may 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 qualifying examinations.
    2. Completion and oral defense of a thesis on original research.
    3. A minimum residence requirement of four terms of full time graduate work.
    4. Completion of a Minor Program.

    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.