Degree programs

In the field of electrical and computer engineering, basic physical and mathematical principles are utilized to develop new devices, technologies and techniques of constantly broadening application. Examples are:

  • the development–stemming from advances in solid-state and integrated circuit technology–of smaller, cheaper and more powerful computers, microprocessors and other data processors, and their utilization in a growing range of system applications;
  • the growing use of data communications and sophisticated satellite communication networks;
  • the use of lasers, and the development of fiber optic and integrated optical devices for various applications ranging from optical data processing to communication;
  • development of sophisticated control techniques, remote sensors and transducers for advanced automation and electric power systems;
  • the application of electronics to health care and diagnostics (such as noninvasive measurements and ultrasound imaging);
  • and energy conversion devices.

Areas of study available in the Wayne State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include solid-state devices, lasers, integrated optics, optical computers, information sciences, digital circuits, computer engineering, integrated and active circuits, electric power systems, power electronics, bioengineering, image processing, neural networks, and modern control theory. Programs of both experimental and theoretical study are available in all these areas, as well as other interdisciplinary programs through the department. For specific requirements, consult the Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin.

Degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in computer engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in electrical engineering

Special programs

  • Physics-ECE AGRADE- An accelerated graduate program option for Physics seniors.
  • Joint ECE-Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree program. For details please contact the ECE or BME undergraduate advisor.


The recently renovated College of Engineering laboratory building contains seven instructional laboratories for experimental work in control systems, analog circuits, digital systems, microcomputers, power electronics, optics and communication systems; these laboratories are an integral part of the department's instructional program. In addition, department faculty members have eight research laboratories dealing with computer systems, computer vision, semiconductor device materials including a clean-room facility, opto-electronics, machine intelligence, and computation and neural networks. Microprocessor system development forms a core for all department activity. Personal computer facilities are available for student use; the College Computer Center as well as the University Computing Services Center are available to all students through individual student accounts.

Why Wayne State?

Wayne State University -- Michigan's only urban research university -- is known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community. Its mission is to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. 

Earn a degree from the Wayne State College of Engineering and gain an edge over your competition. You'll learn the ins and outs of engineering and computer science from an internationally recognized faculty, known for pioneering the future from Midtown Detroit. You'll also be prepared to thrive as a graduate. Our college's five high-impact practices supplement the education our students receive and help them to become more well-rounded engineers and computer scientists:

  1. Join student competition teams and student organizations to grow leadership skills, meet friends and do what you love.
  2. Study, research or intern abroad in countries such as China or Austria to learn about working and flourishing in diverse cultures.
  3. Learn about opportunities available to spend time in the lab with a leading expert in your field from as early as your freshman year.
  4. Get a leg up in your career by working at a top firm as a student.
  5. Partner with dozens of local organizations to do good and gain so much more.