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.
To be eligible for the SUGS Program, student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
The application process has two parts.
Part 1: Complete Departmental SUGS Application
Part 2: Complete Rackham Graduate School Application
Part 1: After you have completed 80 credit hours
- Complete Departmental SUGS Application and EECS Course GPA Calculation Form.
- Meet with EECS Undergraduate Office to determine courses to double count and/or transfer
- Complete a ECE graduate plan of study. You can review the ECE Course list here.
- Meet with a ECE Graduate Academic Adviser to sign your plan of study.
- Submit application package to the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator by the deadline below.
- You should recieve a decision approximately 4-6 weeks after the corresponding deadline.
Part 2: After you receive pre-admission into the program
- ECE Graduate Program Coordinator will send you a pre-admission email.
- Complete Rackham Graduate School Application
- Select the correct program under the heading: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science - Electrical & Computer Engineering
- SUGS Electrical Engineering
- SUGS Electrical Engineering:Systems
- For the academic statement of purpose, upload your pre-admission email/letter.
- For the personal statement, upload a document stating “SUGS Program – Personal Statement Not Required”
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 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.
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.
The MS degree requires 30 credits, and graduate students typically take only 9-12 credits per semester. Most 500-level graduate courses are only 3 credits. Thus a non-SUGS program MS student will typically take 3 full semesters (e.g., FA, WN, FA) to complete his/her MS degree.
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. This often permits the student to complete the MS degree in two full (e.g., FA & WN) semesters, reducing the time to graduation.
Listed are some requirements regarding double counting.
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.