Graduate Student Independent Study
Selecting An Independent Study Option
Students should make sure to register for the correct independent study option. Registering for the incorrect option could result in loss of credits.
Master's Independent Study/Research
EE 599 = Grad. Independent Study/Research (Graded, maximum of 5 credits count toward MSEE)
EE 700 = Master's Thesis (C/NC)
Doctoral Independent Study/Research
EE 599 = Grad. Independent Study/Research (Graded, max. of 5 cr. count toward PhD) Pre-Quals
EE 600 = Doctoral Independent Study/Research (C/NC) Post-Master's, Pre-
EE 800 = Doctoral Dissertation (C/NC) Post-Generals
*PhD students should only register for EE 600 after they have earned a Master's Degree (whether it be from UW or another institution). If a PhD student does not plan to earn a Master's Degree s/he may register for EE 600 after passing the Qualifying Exam or in the second year of his/her program.
How Many Credits? How Many Hours Of Work?
1 credit = 3 hours of work per week.
2 credits = 6 hours of work/week
3 credits = 9 hours of work/week
4 credits = 12 hours of work/week
5 credits = 15 hours of work/week
10 credits = 30 hours of work/week
Many faculty are flexible with regard to hours required for independent study credits, recognizing for instance that first-year students need sufficient time to focus on their coursework. Faculty expectations should not exceed the hours listed above. Students should consult with their faculty advisor to ensure clear expectations. Questions surrounding independent study credits (including how many to enroll in, in a given quarter) can be answered by our graduate advising staff.
NOTE: In addition to independent study, students who have a salaried RA or TA appointment are expected to work up to 220 hours per quarter. See www.washington.edu/admin/hr/laborrel/contracts/uaw/addons/index.html.
Registering For Independent Study
To register for independent study, students must first get the approval of the supervising
faculty, then get a faculty entry code from the EE Graduate Advising Office. Note that students who have faculty advisors
in non-EE departments should still register for the EE independent study options. The EE Advising Office will have
faculty codes for non-EE faculty.
Students should send email to the Graduate Advising office, copy the faculty advisor, and request the faculty code. The entry code will be sent by return email.