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Graduate Degree Requirements

Credit Hours Required/Time To Completion

The minimum requirements for the specific number of course credit hours are:

  • Master’s non-thesis: 30 hours of course work
  • Master’s thesis: 21 hours of course work and 9 hours of appropriate EEE 69800 research hours with the student’s advisor.
  • Ph.D.: 48 hours of course work and 42 hours of appropriate EEE 69900 research hours with the student’s advisor.

Full-time status requires enrollment in 8 credit hours per semester or 6 credit hours in the summer session. Typically graduate students enroll in 9 - 12 total credit hours (courses + research). Thus, a Master’s student enrolled in 9 -12 credit hours of combined course work and/or research credit per semester can complete the program in three regular semesters. A Ph.D. student enrolled in 9 -12 credit hours of combined course work and research credit per semester would complete the program in three years (six regular semesters and one summer session) beyond the Master’s degree. In addition all students will need to complete a two semester course sequence consisting of 3-5 week 1 credit modules per semester.