Admission requirements

The ECE graduate program considers each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account each individual's academic record and professional history. General guidelines and specific requirements are listed below. Please note that failing to meet specific criteria may not necessarily disqualify an applicant nor guarantee admission.  

Guidelines for Admission

  • In accordance with Wayne State graduate admissions, the ECE department requires a minimum 2.75 GPA in upper level undergraduate coursework. A GPA of 3.0 or above is recommended. International students, please note the approximate guidelines for GPA conversion.
    • A GPA of 3.0 (four-year) or better or B average is equivalent to 65 percent for students from India or Pakistan; 80 percent for students from China.
    • A GPA of 2.8 to 3.0 is equivalent to 59 to 64 percent for students from India or Pakistan and 75 to 79 percent for students from China.
  • Wayne State undergraduates with >3.0 undergraduate GPA receive automatic admission into the MS program.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test results are optional, but recommended for students who completed their undergraduate degrees at non-ABET accredited schools.
  • A statement of purpose is optional, but is encouraged for all students, particularly those who have extenuating or unusual circumstances that may impact their application.
  • International students must meet graduate school requirements for international applicants, including:
  • The ECE MS program is open to students with bachelor's degrees in fields other than electrical and computer engineering.   To ensure adequate preparation for the MS program, the ECE department requires that the student has completed prerequisite courses in circuits, linear systems, and programming.  Other courses in digital electronics, microcomputers, semiconductors, electromagnetics, and control theory may also be suggested depending on the student's area of focus in the MS degree.   For additional guidance, please see our prerequisite guide, and contact us to evaluate possible paths to admission.  A prerequisite course requirement may be waived if a similar course were taken during the undergraduate degree.  Students may take prerequisite courses as a postbaccalaureate at the undergraduate tuition rate, and apply to the MS program upon satisfactory completion of these courses.

 How do I apply?

  • Complete online application prior to the application deadlines. This is typically 2 months before classes begin for domestic students, and 3 months for international students. Ensure that any supplemental documents (transcripts, optional GRE scores, and recommendation letters) are submitted on time.
  • Financial assistantships are available for highly qualified students. Keep in mind that many financial aid applications are due in February to mid-June, so apply early!