Electrical Engineering—MS, PhD

The door to graduate opportunity is wide open at Michigan Tech. And the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is waiting for you to step forward. When you do, what you’ll find here is a close-knit academic community, with accomplished faculty dedicated to mentoring students. The Department’s research is funded by multiple agencies and corporations, including the NSF, the US Army and Air Force, American Electric Power, Consumers Energy, and more. Your success is our priority.

Hone Your Focus

The department supports research thrusts in computer engineering, energy systems, signals systems, and solid-state electronics. Our faculty research areas include nanotechnology circuit design, renewable electricity energy sources, and wireless communications—just to name a few.

Be part of a working laboratory where students and faculty collaborate in pursuit of answers to some of our world’s most relevant questions. Also enjoy the convenience of taking some of your courses online.

It All Begins With a Plan

There are 3 plans available for the MS: research (Plan A), projects (Plan B), or coursework (Plan D) and two for the PhD (entering with or without an MS). For all plans, note that the approval of your Advisor is required, particularly for out-of-department courses (e.g. ED5100 is not allowed), and all Graduate School requirements must be met. 

MS Plans

Thesis Option (Plan A)

This plan requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of an advisor. A thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • A minimum of 30 approved credits is required
  • 20 credit minimum of course work
    • 12 credit minimum EE5000-6000 series
    • 1 credit of Advanced Responsible Conduct Research; UN5001 is required for all graduate students who entered the program after Spring 2013.
    • 9 credit maximum 4000 series
    • 3 credit minimum 4000 or higher level courses outside the department
    • 3 credit maximum EE 5805 (directed study)
  • 6 to 10 Research credits EE 5990
  • Approval of your Advisor
  • All EE courses must have a grade of 'BC' or better; Non EE courses must have a grade of 'C' or better.

Report Option (Plan B)

This plan requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.

  • A minimum of 30 approved credits is required
  • 24 credit minimum of course work
    • 12 credit minimum EE5000-6000 series
    • 1 credit of Advanced Responsible Conduct Research; UN5001 is required for all graduate students who entered the program after Spring 2013.
    • 12 credit maximum 4000 series
    • 3 credit minimum 4000 or higher level courses outside the department
    • 3 credit maximum EE 5805 (directed study)
  • 2 to 6 project credits EE 5991
  • Approval of your Advisor
  • All EE courses must have a grade of 'BC' or better; Non EE courses must have a grade of 'C' or better.

Coursework Option - No Oral Examination (Plan D)

This plan requires the minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits taken by students in Plan D may not be counted as course-work credits.

  • A minimum of 30 approved credits is required
  • 30 credit minimum of course work
    • 12 credit minimum EE5000-6000 series
    • 1 credit of Advanced Responsible Conduct Research; UN5001 is required for all graduate students who entered the program after Spring 2013.
    • 9 credit maximum 4000 series
    • Seminar not required, but up to 2 credits allowed
    • 3 credit minimum 4000 or higher level courses outside the department
    • 3 credit maximum EE 5805 (directed study)
  • Approval of your Advisor
  • All EE courses must have a grade of 'BC' or better; Non EE courses must have a grade of 'C' or better.

PhD Plan

See a brief overview of the Doctor of Philosophy degree requirements within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A full explanation of requirements, can be found on the Graduate School's Doctor of Philosophy requirements page.

Revised: Fall 2010