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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.

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. You may also email us at