Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
|MIT Undergraduate Departments|
|Electrical Engineering and Computer Science|
|Programs Offered:||Major, Double Major|
|Department Head:||Anantha Chandrakasan|
|Undergraduate Administrator:||Anne M. Hunter|
|UROP Coordinator:||Anne M. Hunter|
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a department in MIT's School of Engineering, otherwise known as Course 6.
More information is available on the degree website
For MIT undergraduates, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees. Three accredited preprofessional four-year Bachelor of Science programs are available. One (6-1) is for students specializing in electrical science and engineering, a second (6-3) for those specializing in computer science and engineering, and a third (6-2) for those whose interests cross this traditional boundary. For interested and qualified students, the master's program (6-P) leads directly, through a seamless five-year course of study, to the simultaneous awarding of the Master of Engineering and one of the three bachelor's degrees. The 6-P program is intended to provide the depth of knowledge and the skills needed for advanced graduate study and for professional work, as well as the breadth and perspective essential for engineering leadership in an increasingly complex technological world.
The 6-A Master of Engineering Thesis Program with Industry combines the professional Master of Engineering academic program with periods of industrial practice at affiliated companies. An undergraduate wishing to pursue the Master of Engineering degree should initially register for one of the three bachelor's programs.
[see degree chart for Bachelor of Science]
The bachelor's programs build on the General Institute Requirements in science and the humanities, and are structured to provide early, hands-on engagement with ideas, activities, and learning that allow students to experience the range and power of electrical engineering and computer science in an integrated way. The required introductory core subjects, 6.01 followed by 6.02, both involve substantial work in the laboratory, and each carries six units of Institute Lab credit. These are complemented by two mathematics subjects (6.041 or 6.042, also 18.03 or 18.06) and followed by a choice of three or four foundation courses (depending on which bachelor's program is selected) from a set of subjects that provide the basis for subsequent specialization. Students define their specialization by selecting three header subjects, a department laboratory subject, and two advanced undergraduate subjects from a quite extensive set of possibilities, and also carry out an advanced undergraduate project. Combining these with the four free electives permits students considerable latitude in shaping their program to match diverse interests, while ensuring depth and mastery in a few selected areas.
A four-year accredited program leading to the S.B. degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Science and Engineering
A four-year accredited program which permits a broad selection of subjects from electrical engineering and computer science leading to the S.B. degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
A four-year accredited program leading to the S.B. degree Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science jointly offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Molecular Biology with the Department of Biology (Course 7).
We have a combined five-year program, a Bachelors and Masters in EECS. Students with at least a B average, 4.25 on a 5.0 scale in the major, (that's about 60% of EECS undergraduates) will generally be admitted to the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) Program after the end of their third undergraduate year. Those students may complete an integrated program leading to the awarding of both the Bachelors and Masters degrees at the end of five years. This program is very popular with students: more than half of each class goes on to reeive the M.Eng. degree.
The EECS Department offers the following graduate programs:
- Master of Science (SM), required of students pursuing a doctoral degree, and available to Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students
- Master of Engineering (MEng), for MIT EECS undergraduates only
- Electrical Engineer (EE)/Engineer in Computer Science (ECS)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)/Doctor of Science (ScD), awarded interchangeably
Research is easily accessible to students through MIT's UROP Program.