AGRADE is Wayne State University's Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program. It is designed to provide our top students with a jump-start on graduate school. Students, in conjunction with their undergraduate and graduate advisors, develop a plan of work that counts up to 16 credits of coursework toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.

Students in the AGRADE program follow our standard ECE Master's degree requirements, with the following additional policies: 

  • Plan of work. Before taking any courses under the AGRADE program, students must complete an AGRADE plan of work (Physics-ECE AGRADE students please fill out the application form instead).  The plan of work must contain all 32 credit hours, and be approved by both the undergraduate advisor of the student's undergrad department and the graduate chair of the ECE department. If any of the courses in the plan of work require 4000-level ECE courses as a pre-req, then these additional courses also are required to be included in the Plan of Work and should be taken as electives during the bachelors degree.

  • ECE-AGRADE program.  ECE undergraduates enrolled in the AGRADE program may count a maximum of 16 credits of 5000-level courses towards both the BS degree and MS degree.

  • Physics-ECE AGRADE program.  Outstanding seniors in physics (both applied physics option and fundamental physics option), who have completed at least 90 credits and have an overall GPA of at least 3.5, and major physics classes GPA of at least 3.6, may apply to the Physics-ECE grade program.  While completing the bachelor's degree in applied physics, students enrolled in Physics-ECE AGRADE may count a maximum of 12 credits of 5000-level courses towards both BS degree and the MS degree in electrical engineering (accepted students must follow the electrical engineering track). These may include PHY5340/41, PHY5620/21, PHY5100 or 5000-level ECE courses taken as electives. For more details about this program, please contact the undergraduate physics advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, or the graduate advisor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    • Alexey A Petrov, Professor, Physics and Astronomy

    • Ivan Avrutsky, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    • Amar Basu, Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate Programs, Electrical and Computer Engineering

AGRADE curriculum and courses

Students in the ECE AGRADE program may choose to specialize any of the MS concentrations below. Students are not required to choose all courses from a single concentration.

MS areas of concentration

The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program offers one of the broadest curricula within the college, with courses spanning a wide range of sub-disciplines.  To focus their efforts, graduate students may consider selecting courses based on an area of concentration.  Students, please note that you are not required to select a concentration area, nor will it be listed on your transcript or degree.  This is simply a guide for you to focus your coursework according to areas of specialty.  Select primary courses to build your fundamentals in an area, and related courses to expand your knowledge to other areas of career interests.  Most courses are not offered every term, so please see our course descriptions which lists recent offerings for each course.  The sample schedules are suggestions to help you create a plan of work, and you are not required to follow them.  If desired, you are welcome to choose courses from multiple concentration areas.  When selecting your courses, it is your responsibility to ensure that they meet degree requirements for the M.S. or Ph.D. program.

Curriculum Overview, Programs, and Courses