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Master’s & Ph.D.

MSEE students must complete a total of 42 credits. Students have the option of choosing a coursework or thesis option of study. The coursework option is typically selected by students who want to work in industry while the thesis option, which involves more in-depth research, is designed for students who may consider pursuing a Ph.D.

  • EE 500 Seminar: 1 credit is required (4 maximum)
  • EE 599: 5 credits maximum may be applied

Thesis Option

The thesis option requires completing 42 credits, including:

  • 20 credits minimum EE 5xx numerically graded coursework
    • Excludes seminar courses
    • Excludes EE 599
  • 13 credits minimum to 17 credits maximum of required research credits
    • 4-8 credits of EE 599 numerically graded research credits
    • 9-13 credits of EE 700 required
  • 4 credits maximum of seminar credits apply to the degree
    • 1 credit EE 592 required
    • 2 credits maximum of non-EE seminars
  • 10 credits maximum of non-EE coursework
    • 4 credits maximum at the 300-level
    • 4 credits maximum of ENGR 601
  • At least 30 credits total required at the 5xx level or higher
  • Thesis: A written thesis must be submitted by the student for approval by the Master’s Supervisory Committee, followed by a final oral examination.

Coursework Option

UW EE offers the opportunity to design their own specialization for students pursuing the coursework option.

The coursework option requires completing 42 credits, including:

  • 24 credits minimum EE 5xx numerically graded courses
    • Excludes seminar courses
    • Excludes EE 599
  • 8 credits maximum of EE 599 numerically graded research credits
  • 4 credits maximum of seminar credits to apply to the degree
    • 1 credit EE 592 required
    • 2 credits maximum of non-EE seminars
  • 10 credits maximum of non-EE coursework
    • 4 credits maximum at the 300 level
    • 4 credits maximum of ENGR 601
  • At least 30 credits total required at the 5xx level or higher

Students may select a variety of EE courses for this option.

Coursework Worksheet (PDF)