Cooperative Education Program

We recognize the substantial educational value that can be provided by supervised and compensated employment in a student’s academic area of interest. We have established a Cooperative Education Option in which students can receive academic credit for engineering work experience. In this program a senior or graduate student in good academic standing receives financial compensation and degree credit for a period of industrial employment.


  • The employment project must be related to the student’s field of study and involve significant design component.
  • Undergraduate students have to show that they have been making good progress toward their degree, as evidenced by the number of upper-division courses taken and GPA above 2.75.
  • The financial compensation must be appropriate for the student’s ability and experience.
  • Academic credit will typically be awarded at a rate of two quarter credits for one quarter of half-time employment, and four quarter credits for one quarter of full-time employment.
  • Students must receive approval by their faculty advisor before the work experience begins.


A maximum of four credits can be counted toward a B.S. degree (either EE or CMPE). A senior in the program should register for ECE 404, and the credits may be counted toward senior elective requirements. Design content of an undergraduate Cooperative Education course must be a least equivalent to that of the lecture elective course. Students cannot apply for ECE 404 credits retroactively, after the work experience is over or almost over.

Graduate Students

Students in the master’s program should register for ECE 504. Students in the Ph.D. program should register for ECE 604. Up to eight credits can be counted toward M.S., M.Eng. or Ph.D. degree requirements. Please see the CPT Authorization Request Process and Instructions form below.


Each Cooperative Education course will be graded on a pass/no pass basis. The grade will be assigned and the design content will be verified by the project’s faculty adviser, and will be based on the student’s final written report and on discussions with the student’s employer. The report must be typed and submitted by the last day of class. The faculty sponsor may also choose to visit the student's place of work.


A student interested in the Cooperative Education Program should check  for announcements of positions available.