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 area (selected from the list below) with at least one 7000-level course – 16 Cr Hrs 
  • Elective Courses, including any of the following – 8 Cr Hrs
    • Any ECE graduate course,  and may include 4 Cr Hrs of ECE5990 (directed study)
    • Up to 8 credits of non-ECE graduate courses from our pre-approved list, or transferred from any ABET-accredited institution with a grade of B or better.

Plan C:  Course work only option

  • Five courses in the major area (selected from the list below) with at least two 7000 level courses – 20 Cr Hrs 
  • Elective Courses, including any of the following  – 12 Cr Hrs
    • Any ECE graduate courses except ECE 5990 (directed study)
    • Up to 8 credits of non-ECE graduate courses from our pre-approved list, or transferred from any ABET-accredited institution with a grade of B or better.

Notes

  • Any university supported student must follow Plan A only.
  • Plan A students, please review MS thesis deadlines.
  • Non-ECE courses and transfer courses. At the time of graduation, a minimum 24 of 32 credits must be taken in the ECE department.  A maximum of 8 credits may be taken in other departments or transferred from another institution. Courses taken in other departments will count towards the degree only if they appear on a pre-approved list, which will be updated annually.  Courses transferred from other institutions must be approved by the graduate program officer, provided that 1) they fit the student's MS program, 2) the student achieved a B or better, and 3) the courses was taken at an ABET-accredited institution. Any transfer courses taken after admission must be approved by the graduate program officer. 
  • Special topics courses. A maximum of 12 credits of special topics courses (ECE 5995, ECE 7995) may count towards your degree.

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

Unless otherwise stated, the following courses are 4 credit hours.

*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

Unless otherwise stated, the following courses are 4 credit hours.

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