Master of Science programs

Two degrees offered

The Wayne State University College of Engineering offers two master's degrees:

  1. Master of Science in Computer Engineering 
  2. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Both degrees require a minimum of 32 degree credit hours and are offered under the following options: 

Degree requirements and policies

Plan A:  Thesis option

  • ECE8999 – 8 Cr Hrs - The thesis topic must be in the major area.
  • Four courses in the major with at least one 7000-level courses – 16 Cr Hrs 
  • Any two ECE  graduate courses and may include 4 Cr Hrs of ECE5990 (directed study) – 8 Cr Hrs

Plan C:  Course work only option

  • Five courses in the major with at least two 7000 level courses – 20 Cr Hrs 
  • Any  three ECE  graduate courses (except ECE5990) – 12 Cr Hrs


  • Any university supported student must follow Plan A only.
  • Unless otherwise stated, the following courses are 4 credit hours.
  • No courses will be allowed to be taken with or transfer from another department. 
  • Review MS thesis deadlines.

Policy on course repeat, probation and GPA requirement for graduation: 

  • The department will only permit one course to be repeated. Only courses with grades of B- or higher can be counted towards the 32 credit hour requirement. 
  • A student is put on probation if his/her GPA falls below 3.0. Probation students will be permitted the next eight credits to restore their cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0; failure to do so will result in immediate termination from the program. 
  • An overall 3.0 GPA in all the graduate courses taken at WSU is required for graduation. 

Major courses for M.S. in Computer Engineering 

*CE students, please check with the graduate program officer whether your special topics course (ECE 5995 and 7995) will be allowed to to count towards your major course requirement. A maximum of 12 credits of special topics courses may count towards your degree.

Major Courses for M.S. in Electrical Engineering

*A maximum of 12 credits of special topics courses may count towards your degree.