Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

ECE Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS)
Program Information

Purpose

The ECE SUGS program was created to offer our best students an opportunity to complete the Master’s requirements as part of a seamless program of five years at Michigan. This is done by allowing students to “double count” up to eight hours of credit in graduate level classes toward both Bachelor’s and Master’s requirements. See below for the specific rules for double counting of classes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the SUGS Program, student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Be enrolled in EE, CE or CS, or EE minor
  • Have completed at least 80 credits toward the Bachelor's degree
  • Have a 3.6 GPA or better
  • Not be enrolled in two undergraduate degree programs or in a dual-degree program
       (basically, you can only double count courses between two programs)

Application Process

The application process has two parts.

Part 1: Complete Departmental SUGS Application

Part 2: Complete Rackham Graduate School Application

Application Instructions

Part 1: After you have completed 80 credit hours

  1. Complete Departmental SUGS Application and EECS Course GPA Calculation Form.
  2. Meet with EECS Undergraduate Office to determine courses to double count and/or transfer
  3. Complete a ECE graduate plan of study. You can review the ECE Course list here.
  4. Meet with a ECE Graduate Academic Adviser to sign your plan of study.
  5. Submit application package to the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator by the deadline below.
  6. You should recieve a decision approximately 4-6 weeks after the corresponding deadline.

Part 2: After you receive pre-admission into the program

  1. ECE Graduate Program Coordinator will send you a pre-admission email.
  2. Complete Rackham Graduate School Application
    1. Select the correct program under the heading: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science - Electrical & Computer Engineering
      1. SUGS Electrical Engineering
      2. SUGS Electrical Engineering:Systems
    2. For the academic statement of purpose, upload your pre-admission email/letter.
    3. For the personal statement, upload a document stating “SUGS Program – Personal Statement Not Required”


Deadline

Fall (September) admission: January 15 (Seniors), March 1 (Juniors)
Winter (January) admission: October 1

*In rare cases it may be possible to become eligible for SUGS after completion of the Bachelor's degree, and after already having been admitted to graduate school. Contact an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator about this option.

Admission

Admission to the SUGS Program is not automatic. The program to which the student has applied will make an admissions decision based on the submitted material.

Once admitted, you cannot defer your admission to a later date.

Note for students interested in the PhD

Undergraduate students who are seriously interested in the PhD program are not likely to benefit significantly from the SUGS program (since PhD students must take more than 30 graduate credits).

Students are encouraged to apply directly for a PhD Program rather than SUGS, which will make them eligible for funding.

SUGS students who become interested in pursuing a PhD while pursuing the Master's should take the GRE and apply for the PhD program (and funding) in the usual way.

Double Counting

What makes the SUGS program unique is that is allows students in the program to double count 8 credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree.

Listed are some requirements regarding double counting.

  • Must be a graduate level (e.g. 400 or 500 level)
  • The grade must be B or better.
  • Course must the meet the Master’s degree program requirements.
  • Courses can be taken before or after admission to SUGS.
  • A maximum of 8 credit hours will be double counted even if the credit for specific courses to be double counted adds to more than 8 credit hours.
  • May not double count EECS 499. For graduate directed study credit, students should take a graduate directed study or research class (EECS 599, 698, 699).
  • For BS EE students:
    • May not include any EE “Program Core” Courses, or any course chosen to satisfy the EE MDE requirement.
  • For BS CE students:
    • May not include CE "Core Electives" courses.
  • For BS CS students:
    • May not include CS “Program Core” courses.

Transfer Credits

Rackham allows students to transfer from an undergraduate transcript to the graduate transcript up to 15 credits of graduate level coursework that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement.

SUGS students may similarly transfer graduate level credits that were not used to satisfy any BS requirement, provided the total of double counted and transferred credits does not exceed 15.

Enrollment Information

  • The student must enroll for at least two full terms in Rackham (minimum of 9 credits each term).
  • Students must either have finished the BS requirements or be within 6 credits of completing their BS at the time they “Officially Enroll” in the Master’s Program. Student must complete the BS requirements in the first semester of such enrollment.