Sequential Graduate/Undergraduate Studies Program (SGUS)- For Graduate Studies in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering:Systems
Purpose: The EECS SGUS program was created to offer our best students an opportunity to complete the Master’s requirements as part of a seamless program of five years at Michigan. This is done by allowing students to “double count” up to eight hours of credit in graduate level classes toward both Bachelor’s and Master’s requirements. See below for the specific rules for double counting of classes.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the SGUS Program, student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Be enrolled in EE, CE or CS
- Have completed at least 80 credits toward the Bachelor's degree
- Have a 3.6 GPA or better
- Not be enrolled in two undergraduate degree programs or in a dual-degree program
Application Process: The application process has two stages.
In the first stage, the student applies to the Electrical Engineering (EE) or Electrical Engineering:Systems (EE:S) Graduate Program by obtaining the SGUS Admission Form from the Graduate Program Coordinator for EE or EE:S. Submit the form to the Graduate Program Coordinator (not to Rackham). If admitted, the student remains an undergraduate engineering student through completion of his/her Bachelor's degree.
In the second stage, in his/her last semester as an undergraduate, the SGUS student applies to Rackham to become a Master's student effective the following semester. This is essentially a formality, as admission to the SGUS Program guarantees admission to Rackham, provided the SGUS student still satisfies eligibility requirements.
Stage One - Admission to SGUS
Submit to the EE or EE:S Graduate Program Coordinator:
- Completed EE or EE:S SGUS Admission Form (obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator for EE or EE:S). The form must include the signature of an advisor, who will advise and assist the student in the application process.
- Unofficial Transcript (showing at least 80 credits towards the BS)
- Plan of study, including courses proposed for completion of the BS and MS degrees, as well as list of courses proposed for double counting. This plan can be updated after admission to SGUS, if needed.
- NOTE: Statements of purpose, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are not required. GRE scores are not required. However, students who are seriously considering a PhD are generally advised to take the GRE in their senior year.
Stage Two - Rackham Application for official enrollment
During your last semester as an SGUS undergraduate, complete the:
- Rackham online application form (GRE, statement of purpose, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are not required; includes an admissions fee)
Application Timing and Deadlines:
SGUS Stage 1 Application (normally during the 2nd semester of the junior year, or during the senior year)
October 30 deadline (during Fall term)
March 1 deadline (during Winter term)
SGUS Stage 2 Application
Must be submitted in Fall or Winter term
just prior to enrolling as a graduate student. The deadlines are October 30 in a Fall term and March 1 in a Winter term. [In rare cases it may be possible to become eligible for SGUS after completion of the Bachelor's degree, and after already having been admitted to graduate school. Contact your Graduate Program Coordinator for assistance.]
Admission: Admission to the SGUS Program is not automatic. An admissions decision will be made by the program to which the student has applied based on the submitted material.
Note for students interested in the PhD: Undergraduate students who are seriously interested in the PhD program are not likely to benefit significantly from the SGUS program (since PhD students must take more than 30 graduate credits) and are encouraged to apply directly for a PhD Program rather than SGUS, which will make them eligible for funding. SGUS students who become interested in pursuing a PhD while pursuing the Master's should take the GRE and apply for the PhD program (and funding) in the usual way.
It is anticipated that with 8 credits allowed for double counting, some students can finish the Master's in two semesters, by taking a total of 22 credits, and others will need an additional Spring semester in which to take, for example, a directed study or Math class. Moreover, students who enter the BS program with advanced placement or who take more than the nominal 16 credits per semester can easily graduate with more than 128 credits, some of which can likely be transferred to the graduate transcript, making it easier to finish the MS within 5 years.
- Can double count up to 8 credit hours taken before or after admission to SGUS.
- Must be “Rackham graduate classes”, e.g. 400 or 500 level EECS classes.
- The grade must be B or better.
- Must be classes acceptable toward the 30 credit Master’s requirements. As an example of something not allowed, EE:S does not allow both EECS 455 and 554 to count toward the Master’s, so 455 could not be double counted if 554 is also taken.
- The double counted classes appear on both the undergraduate and graduate transcripts. On the graduate transcript, they appear as transferred credits. The grades appear on both transcripts, but are counted only toward the undergraduate GPA.
- Only whole classes (and not, say, half of a 4 credit class) can be transferred to the graduate transcript for double counting. However, if, for example, a student wishes to double count three 3 credit classes, all 9 credits will appear on both transcripts. However, only 8 credits can be used toward the total of 30 required for the MS.
- The double counted classes may have been taken prior to admission to SGUS.
- For BS EE students, the double counted classes may not include any EE “Program Core” Courses (of which EECS 401, EECS 496, Tchnclcm 496 are at the 400 level), any courses chosen to satisfy the EE “Core Electives” requirement (8 credits from a list including 400 level classes EECS 451, 455, 460), or any course chosen to satisfy the EE MDE requirement (one from EECS 411, 413, 425, 427, 430, 438, 452, 470).
- For BS CE students, the double counted classes may not include CE "Program Subjects" (EECS 401, Math 435, Stat 412, EECS 496, Tchnclcm 496, Tchnclcm 497), or any classes chosen to satisfy the CE "Core Elective" requirement (two courses from a list othat includes EECS 451).
- For BS CS students, the double counted classes may not include CS “Program Subjects” (including STAT 412, STAT, Stat 426, EECS 496, Tchnclcm 496 at the 400 level).
- For all SGUS students, EECS 499 credits may not be double counted. (For graduate directed study credit, students should take a graduate directed study or research class, e.g. 599, 698, 699.)
- Note: Rackham normally allows students to transfer from an undergraduate transcript to the graduate transcript up to 15 credits of graduate level coursework that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement, including the requirement for 128 total credit hours. SGUS students may similarly transfer graduate level credits that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement, provided the total of double counted and transferred credits does not exceed 15.
- To attain the BS degree, the undergraduate transcript must satisfy all requirements for the BS degree.
- To attain the MS degree, the graduate transcript must satisfy all requirements for the Master’s degree, assuming the usual rules for allowing equivalency for courses that do not appear on the transcript.
- The student must enroll for at least two full terms in Rackham (minimum of 9 credits each term), paying full tuition.
- Students must either have finished the BS requirements or be within 6 credits of completing their BS at the time they “Officially Enroll” in the Master’s Program, and in the latter case, they must complete the BS requirements in the first semester of such enrollment.
As an example, suppose an SGUS student finishes the Winter semester of his/her fourth year with 126 of 128 credits required for the BS. Then to finish an MS in 5 years and to satisfy the requirement to register two full semesters as a Rackham student, the student needs to register the next Fall and Winter semesters as a Rackham student. He/she will complete the remaining two credits of the BS in the Fall, and assuming he/she has 8 credits to double count, needs to take an additional 22 credits during the Fall, Winter and, possibly, Spring terms.
- Each degree may be awarded upon completion of the requirements for the degree. Students will normally graduate at the end of the term in which the degree requirements are met.