Degree Requirements

The Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program offers students a choice between a coursework or thesis option. Either option requires students to complete a minimum of 46 credits to earn the degree.

The coursework option requires students to complete:

  • 1 credit B EE Graduate Seminar
  • 10 credits of advanced (project) coursework
  • 35 credits of B EE electives

The thesis option requires students to complete:

  • 1 credit B EE Graduate Seminar
  • 10 thesis credits
  • 10 credits of advanced (project) coursework
  • 25 credits of B EE electives

Students planning to pursue the thesis option should meet with the MSEE Graduate Advisor early in their degree to discuss potential thesis subjects, receive information on thesis requirements, and solidify their decision to pursue a thesis. Students must decide which degree option they will complete by the end of their third quarter.

MSEE Degree Requirements: Additional Information

  • With departmental approval, students may include up to 6 credits of graduate-level transfer credits from institutions that are regionally accredited; a minimum grade of 3.0 in each transfer courses is required.
  • No more than 12 UW Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) credits may be counted.
  • No more than 12 credits derived from any combination of UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits and transfer credits can be applied.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.7 in each course to count towards degree requirements. S/NS grades will not count towards degree requirements unless approved by special petition.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of B EE 600 may be used toward degree requirements, students wishing to continue with research should consider the thesis option.
  • Students may use a maximum of 10 credits of 400 level BEE undergraduate courses to meet the elective course requirement. Approval by the Division Petition Committee is required before enrolling in the course. See the graduate advisor for restrictions.
  • No Electrical Engineering Foundations Certificate courses (B EE prefix) will be counted towards the MSEE degree.
  • Credits earned in B EE 601 do not apply to degree requirements. B EE 601 is intended for students needing to earn credit for an internship.