Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Advising and Courses

Advising

Courses

Policy

Enrolling



Advising

When will I be assigned my academic advisor?

You will be assigned your academic advisor after you arrive on campus. They are usually assigned by major/technical/subplan area.


Who are the advisors for each technical area?

You can find a list of who advises each major/technical area here.


How do I choose which courses to take?

The first step is to review the graduate manual to understand the degree and course requirements for a specific major area. In addition, here is the list of each EECS course and which major/technical/subplan area it counts towards.

The next step is to talk with your academic advisor when you arrive on campus.


Can I change my major area?

Yes, you can change your major area after the first semester in the program.

To switch your major area, you will need to complete an updated study plan. Have your new academic advisor sign the plan of study. Return the plan of study to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Students who want to transfer to Computer Vision, Signal and Image Processing and Machine Learning, or Integrated Circuits & VLSI must meet additional requirements to transfer. Speak to the academic advisor about these requirements.


How to I create a “balanced” course schedule?

When you choose your courses, consider the following:

  • Be careful not to take too many lab/design classes in the same semester. These courses require a lot of time on projects, especially toward the end of the semester. We recommend that you take 1 lab/design per semester.
  • Check the syllabus of your courses. Courses might start “light and easy," but most engineering courses end with a “hard and heavy” work load.
  • Compare the assignment due dates of your courses. This way you can see if you will have a lot of assignments/tests/projects due on the same day or week.
  • If you want to take English language courses, plan to take only 1 per semester.

Courses

Where is a list of EECS courses being offered?

Click here for EECS course schedule.

Click here to find additional course information such as a course overviews and special topic courses.


Can I take computer science oriented courses?

The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) program controls the computer science oriented courses. At this time, CSE will only allow their students to take these courses. There is a high demand for these courses, and they want to control the size of the course and make sure their students can take them.

It's important to remember that you are a ECE student and these courses are not necessary to get your ECE master's degree. There are plenty of other courses for you can take.

CSE now has an online form you can fill out if you are requesting to register for a CSE 400 level course. There is no guarantees you will be allowed to take the course now or the future. Please complete this form to request. CSE 500 level courses become available to non-CSE students usually a month after registration begins each semester.


How do I know if a course is a graduate level course?

There are two ways to determine if a course is graduate level.

  1. The prerequisite of a course is “graduate standing”
  2. Click here for Rackham Approved Courses
    Click the department of the course.
    Click the “Courses” tab for the list of approved graduate level courses in that department.

How many courses should I enroll in?

We encourage student to enroll in 2 courses (minimum of 8 credits) their first semester. This allows students to get used to the academic demands of the program.

If a student must enroll in a third course to make the full time enrollment, we encourage students to take a class that is less demanding to count toward their cognate requirement.


Are there course that provide me with a real world job product development/design/project experience?

Yes, it is called the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP). Click here to learn more about the program and the courses offered.


What are some suggestions for COGNATE courses?

For a list of recommended cognates and how to determine a cognate course, click here.


What CONTROL courses are available?

Click this link about the various control classes available on campus.


Policy

How many credit hours are full time enrollment?

Full time enrollment is 8 credit hours.

For GSI/GSRA, full time enrollment is 6 credit hours.


What is the last day I can withdraw from a class?

Visit the Academic Guidelines section of this page for the current Add/Drop Courses Deadline.


What are the grade and GPA requirements?

You must receive a B- or higher in a course in order for it to count towards your degree requirements.

You must maintain a 3.0 GPA to graduate from the program. If you receive a GPA below a 3.0 during your time in the program, you will be placed on probation until the GPA is above a 3.0. Two or more semesters with a GPA below a 3.0 can lead to dismissal from the program.


May I remove a course from my transcript if I do not do well in a class?

No, you are not able to remove courses from your transcript.


Enrolling

When can I start to enroll in courses?

New students can enroll in classes June 1.

Current Students will be informed of enrollment times at the end of each semester.


How do I enroll in courses?

Click here for instructions on how to register for class.


How do I enroll in an independent study?

Click here for instructions on how to register for an independent study.


What should I do if I cannot enroll in a course?

Most often, an inability to enroll is caused by the course being full or restrictions on the type of student that can enroll in the class.

To enroll in these courses, go to the first day of class and ask the instructor for permission to enroll. It is important to note that the instructor of the course has the final decision regarding enrollment.


What should I do if a course is full or I am on the waitlist?

We encourage students to be patient with the course enrollment process. It is very rare that students are not able to get into a course they would like to take. It is important to note that the instructor of the course has the final decision regarding enrollment.

  1. If the course is full, try to get on the waitlist. If there is not a waitlist, check back regularly to see if a waitlist has been created.
  2. If you still have not enrolled in the course, go to the first day of class and ask the instructor for permission to enroll in the course. You are not guaranteed to enrollment into the course.

Can I enroll in an undergraduate level course?

Yes, you can enroll in this course with the permission of the instructor. You will need to get a form from the graduate advising office.

Please note that these courses WILL NOT count towards your enrollment status, degree requirements, credit hours, or GPA.


Can I enroll in ELI (English Language Institute) courses?

Yes, you can enroll in ELI courses. These courses will count towards your enrollment status.

Please note that these courses WILL NOT count towards your degree requirements or GPA.


Can I visit/audit a course?

Yes, you can audit/visit a course with the permission of the instructor. You will need to get a form from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.

Please note that these courses WILL NOT count towards your enrollment status, degree requirements, credit hours, or GPA; however, you will still pay tuition for the course.