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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Current Graduate Students

Graduate Program Handbook

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Graduate Program Handbook was developed to use in conjunction with WSU Graduate School Policies and Procedures.

Students are governed by EECS requirements and procedures in effect and published in the Graduate Program Handbook for the academic year they begin graduate work.

Registration requirements

The normal full-time load for a graduate student, including those on assistantships, is 10-12 credits; the Graduate School does not require a student to enroll in 18 credits to maintain an assistantship. Programs should ensure that students enroll for the appropriate amount of credits based on program requirements.

Each graduate student receiving financial support from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the form of teaching or research assistantship or fellowship must register for 10-12 credit hours each semester. At least nine of these credits should be graded courses, unless the student is near the end of the program and the coursework is near completion. The remainder of the credits may be made up of research credits, i.e. EE or CptS 700 or 800 for Ph.D.s.

Full-time students who are self-supporting should register for at least 10 credit hours each semester, but may choose to register for more.

Students considering dropping or withdrawing from a course that will put them below the requirements listed above should have the approval of their advisor and/or the Graduate Coordinator.

Publication Policy

PhD and MS Thesis students:

  • Each PhD student by the time of graduation (technically by the PhD defense date) needs to have at least two top‐tier papers published/accepted, preferably as a first‐author. The list of top‐tier publication venues (combination of conference and journals) are attached. This information should be submitted with the PhD defense scheduling form to the Graduate Coordinator for enforcing this policy. (EE faculty members want to make sure EE PhD students publish at least one journal paper by graduation.) Before taking the preliminary exam, at least one top‐tier paper (conference or journal) should be accepted. This information should be submitted with the PhD preliminary exam scheduling form to Graduate Program Coordinator for enforcing this policy.
  • For MS thesis students, we encourage submission of one paper by the time of thesis defense, but it is not mandatory.

ECE PhD Student Publication Requirement List

CS-Publication Venue