These are the most-requested forms by undergraduate and graduate students in EECS.


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This form is required for every graduate student milestone in EECS.

The EECS Graduate Student Affairs Office requests that students complete this form electronically and email it to eecsgrad at

    Open the PDF eForm

Checklists for MS Students

    Completing a coursework-based degree

    Completing a project or thesis

Checklists for PhD Students

     Completing their Qualifier (Admission to Candidacy) or Prospectus

     Finishing their PhD and planning to defend

The EECS department provides travel grants to students in the amount of $300.00 (USD) per calendar year to help defray some of the expenses of participation in academic conferences related to the field of study.  
Download the EECS Travel Grant Application 

In addition you may apply for a $500.00 conference travel grant from TGS. 
Read more about the TGS grant

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Request for Approval to use EECS 399 as design credit in the EE major.

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2013/2012/ 2011/ 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007

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The Student Affairs Office will review your course load to make sure you have completed the necessary courses and obtain all department signatures on your behalf. Please note that the form is subject to approval and based on the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies. Completion of the MS program requires 12 credits to be taken. If you have not completed the majority of these courses you may not apply for “Reduced Course Load.” This is reserved for students who are in the their FINAL quarter and have already completed 10 or 11 courses.

Reduced Course Load based on Academic Difficulties is possible if your department is willing to endorse the recommendation. You should know, however, that this is only available to you ONCE in your academic career and, should we authorize the Reduced Course Load, you and your department will need to be confident that you will be able to successfully complete the remainder of your program in a timely manner. Note: It is quite unusual to receive this request, close to the end of an academic term.

If you have any questions about the process outlined on our website, or would like to discuss your situation further, please contact Carolyn Mortezai for more info. You will need to turn in your Reduced Course Load Form during Walkin Hours (Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm) to the Graduate Student Affairs Office in Tech Room L351, where you can ask any further questions, if needed and speak to an Advisor.