Graduate Program

The Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (LCSEE) offers graduate programs aimed at preparing students for both professional and research careers. The department offers MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Software Engineering which prepare students for careers in design and technical leadership. For students interested in careers in research or education, the department offers Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. Our department also offers an interdisciplinary doctorate in Combinatorial Computing and Discrete Mathematics in conjunction with the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics.

This site is intended to provide current and prospective students with information on our graduate offerings, including the application process and degree requirements. If the information you are seeking cannot be found, please email, or consult the WVU Catalog.

Programs Offered


Master Programs

Master of Science in Computer Science

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Master of Science in Software Engineering

The department currently offers masters degree programs in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering on our main campus in Morgantown. In addition, a masters degree program in Software Engineering is offered entirely online.

The Computer Science and Electrical Engineering degree programs each have unique requirements, but both programs also have the following common characteristics.

Areas of Concentration

The Lane Department of CSEE is organized into the following five Areas of Concentration. Both degree programs (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering) organize their course work into these five Areas:

  1. Electronics and Photonics
  2. Systems and Signals
  3. Computer Systems
  4. Software/Knowledge Engineering
  5. Theory of Computing

Each Area has several courses associated with it. Some of the courses are designated as "core" courses, while the rest are designated as "elective".

Majoring and Minoring in Areas of Concentration

Each MS degree option requires students to major in one Area of Concentration and minor in one or two other Areas. Majoring in an Area requires that three courses be taken from that Area, including at least one core course. Minoring in an Area requires that one of the core courses from that Area be taken.

Degree Requirements

The specific requirements for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are listed on their individual pages. In addition to the degree-specific requirements, the following requirements are common to both degree options:

Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. Computer Engineering

Ph.D. Computer Science and Information Science

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering

LCSEE offers Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Computer Science and Information Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The doctor of philosophy program should be considered by those with superior academic achievement and who desire to pursue a career of research or teaching. While each of these degrees requires unique skills and accomplishments, the department employs a well established structure that all students must follow in pursuit of these advanced degrees.

Areas of Concentration

LCSEE is organized into the following five Areas of Concentration. All three Ph.D. degree programs use these Areas to provide organizational structure to the educational process as delineated under specific Ph.D. Requirements. The significance of these Areas will be of particular importance in creating the student's Plan of Study and in preparation for the Qualifying Exam

  1. Electronics and Photonics
  2. Systems and Signals
  3. Computer Systems
  4. Software/Knowledge Engineering
  5. Theory of Computing

Each Area has several courses associated with it. Some of the courses are designated as "core" courses, while the rest are designated as "elective".

Ph.D. Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for the awarding of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy as stipulated by West Virginia University and by the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, LCSEE has the following requirements. Successful completion of each step of this process will be a determination of the faculty of the department or a designated subcommittee.


The following major steps in the process are required.

Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates are offered at West Virginia University to demonstrate concentrated study in certain selected areas. These certificates can be pursued in conjunction with a Master's or Ph.D. degree. Typically, fifteen hours in a concentrated area followed by an examination are required.

LCSEE currently offers Certificates in the following areas:

View available certificates

Financial Support

The primary source for financial support within the department is the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). A number of research programs also offer positions for Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). Even if you do not have an assistantship at the present time, you may apply for assistantships in future semesters. Yellow application forms are available in 829 ESB. These must be renewed every semester.

It is normal and appropriate that doctoral students may be funded as GRAs in connection with funded research projects in which their own research advisor participates. If you are a doctoral student, very possibly you were recruited to come to WVU specifically as a GRA for a particular project. For bona fide doctoral students who do not have a funding source through a research project, the Department will try to provide support as a GTA to the extent possible. This funding, however, cannot be guaranteed. Doctoral students who have passed their qualifiers generally receive a higher stipend than Master's degree students.

International students must provide certification of their abilities in spoken English to be eligible for a GTA. This can be achieved by taking the Test of Spoken English (TSE) administered by the Educational Testing Service, or the SPEAK test given at the beginning of each semester by the WVU Department of Foreign Languages. A score of 50 is required on either test.

Graduate assistants receive a waiver of university tuition but not university fees or Statler College tuition plus a basic stipend for living expenses.

A limited number of meritorious tuition waivers is also available each semester to students without assistantships. To receive such a waiver you must have a demonstrated record of superior performance. Applications must be submitted by the established deadlines each semester. A maximum of 6 credit hours can be waived in one semester by this process. The following rules apply:

A number of graduate fellowship programs are also available for outstanding students and students who are in certain special categories. Fellowship can be awarded to current graduate students, not only those entering for the first time. See your advisor for more information.

Application for Graduate Assistantship

Application for Meritorious Waiver

The WVNano graduate fellowship program at WVU supports Ph.D. graduate students from under-represented classes in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to increase STEM diversity at WVU and ensure lifetime career success through comprehensive career training.

There are a number of funding options available to students entering graduate school. If you're willing to take the time to fully research your options, you have a good chance of covering a significant portion of your graduate school costs.

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