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Graduate Handbook

Master of Science

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a total of 45 graduate credits.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.


A Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires 45 graduate credits of Electrical and Computer Engineering classes, 27 credits of dissertation, and 8 graduate credits of electives.  Elective credits may be from any academic department subject to approval by the student’s PhD advisory committee.  Only graded lecture credits may be used to satisfy the elective credit requirement.

Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate of Specialization is awarded for successful completion of an approved course sequence within a specific area of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The courses in a sequence include a substantial graduate-level body of knowledge.  Courses completed for a Graduate Certificate of Specialization may subsequently be applied toward master's and/or doctoral degrees. The certificate programs are intended primarily to provide enrichment for professional engineers and scientists who may not initially wish to pursue a more extended M.S or Ph.D. degree program. Any course used to obtain one graduate certificate may not be used to obtain another graduate certificate.

General Information

Lecture courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (P/NP) shall not be used to fulfill ECE graduate degree program requirements. Classes are scheduled to best accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

General degree requirements are described in the menu links and in the latest edition of the Portland State University Bulletin.  Please see for additional information.  You may also email us at