The Master's Degree
The EECS master's degrees are primarily intended for students desiring to substantially advance their knowledge and skill in a field or fields of EECS. The relatively small investment in time to get a master's degree will lead to greater professional opportunities and significantly higher salaries.
Overview of the Department
With three master's programs within one department (CSE, EE and EE:S), EECS enables students to have a home in a degree program tailored closely to their interests, while having access to, and the benefits of, the full breadth of the EECS Department. For example, all EECS classes and faculty advisors are equally available to students in all three graduate programs, while the degree requirements are tailored to the specific program.
The faculty of the EECS Department are organized in two divisions: Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The CSE faculty have the primary responsibility for the CSE Graduate Program; the ECE faculty have the primary responsibility for the EE and EE:S Graduate Programs.
The master's degree requires successful completion of 30 credits of coursework. A thesis is optional. Students normally complete the master's degree in 1-2 years.
The complete master's requirements can be found in the program guide for the program of interest: CSE, EE, EE:S.
Students admitted to the master's program may apply to the doctoral program. Admission depends on academic qualifications as well as the availability of openings in the doctoral program.
MS vs. MSE Degree
The MS (Master's of Science) and MSE (Master's of Science in Engineering) degrees differ mainly in name. That is, the degree requirements are the same. Students with a bachelor's degree in engineering can elect either degree. Students without an engineering bachelor's degree are eligible only for the MS.
A limited number of graduate credits earned elsewhere can be transferred to meet the coursework requirements for the master's degree. In addition, a course taken elsewhere that is equivalent to a course satisfying a degree requirement here can be used to satisfy the requirement, even if course credits are not transferred. However, such equivalancy will not reduce the total number of credit hours required.
Apply to a Master's Program
Information about applying to a master's program: CSE, EE, EE:S.
Financial Aid Information
The EECS Department has limited financial aid to award to master's students at the time of application. On the other hand, master's students occasionally receive a research or teaching assistantship after they begin their studies. Master's students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from sources outside the University. See an overview of Financial Aid Resources for ECE and CSE.