ADMISSION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAM

                A prospective student must first be admitted to the Graduate School.  The applicant must have completed the required application forms and submitted two official copies of his or her undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to the Graduate School. An official GRE score is required for all overseas students. Satisfying the requirements described does not guarantee admission. Students are admitted solely by the department in three categories:

Unconditional Admission

An applicant may be unconditionally admitted to the MSEE program if he/she possesses an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. In addition, each applicant must have a 3.0 average in all of his or her engineering courses. International students are not given unconditional status unless they submit the GRE scores to the School of Graduate Studies.

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be granted provisional admission if they do not qualify for unconditional admission due to one or more of the following reasons:

a)     Applicant has a non-Electrical Engineering baccalaureate engineering degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better, but he/she is deficient in required background courses.

b)    Applicant who does not have a degree from an ABET accredited curriculum (e.g. international students) did not submit the GRE scores. A minimum GRE score of Verbal + Quantitative = 1100 is required for the unconditional status.

c)     Applicant has an overall GPA less than 3.0 in Electrical Engineering, but has a GPA over 2.8.

d)    Electrical Engineering student has a GPA less than 2.8 with a minimum GRE Verbal + Quantitative scores of 1100.

A provisionally admitted student must achieve unconditional admission after completing all background courses and 9 graduate credit hours with an average of 3.0 or better.  Upon the satisfaction of the above conditions, the student may request through the Graduate Coordinator for conversion to unconditional status by the School of Graduate Studies.

A Provisional student must not take more than 12 graduate credit hours in Electrical Engineering prior to receiving unconditional admission to the MSEE program. A student who fails to have his/her status upgraded risks not receiving graduate credit for completed graduate courses. It is the student’s responsibility to request his/her status change from provisional status to unconditional status by the School of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Coordinator.

Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS)

This category applies to a student who possess a GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited program, lacking a baccalaureate degree in engineering and requiring 9-15 hours of prerequisites in general engineering background.

Upon completion of the required background courses with a “B” average or better, the student may reapply to the graduate program. However, the PBS student must not take more than 12 graduate credit hours in Electrical Engineering prior to applying for admission to the MSEE program. No more than 12 graduate credit hours earned in PBS status can be counted in his/her MSEE program.

        All graduate students admitted in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering must meet with the Graduate Coordinator to obtain information about Graduate Program. The Graduate Coordinator assists each student with registration and course selections until the student selects a permanent advisor by mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member. The student must select a permanent advisor no more than nine (9) credit hours into the program or by the end of the first semester.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAM

                All applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are subject to review by the Graduate Curriculum Development (GCD) Committee in the Department. The GCD Committee’s recommendation is not subject to further review. Satisfying the requirements described below does not guarantee admission. Denial of admission does not necessarily imply a negative evaluation of an applicant’s qualification. Limited space, facilities, funding and mismatch in areas of interest may place limitations on the number of students who may be admitted.

Unconditional Admission

The minimum admission requirements for the Ph.D. program are as follows:

  1. The student seeking a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering must possess a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related discipline.
  2. The applicant should have an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  3. The applicant must submit his/her GRE scores to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  4. The application must include three letters of recommendations, one of which must come from an individual knowledgeable of the student’s graduate performance and potential. The recommendations must be sent to the School of Graduate Studies in sealed envelopes.
  5. An international student from a non-English speaking country must submit a TOEFL score.

Provisional Admission

An applicant may be granted provisional admission if they do not qualify for unconditional admission due to one or more of the following reasons:

a)     Applicant does not have a 3.0 overall GPA in his/her master’s degree. (Note: Applicant must have at least a 3.0 overall graduate GPA).

b)    Applicant has a non-Electrical Engineering baccalaureate engineering degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better, but he/she is deficient in required background courses.  (Note:  Applicant must complete more than four (4) background courses).

Each applicant must submit his or her GRE scores to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A student in the provisional admission category must obtain 3.0 GPA after 12 credit hours earned in less than a year. The adjustment to unconditional status will occur after the change is requested through the Graduate Coordinator.

Direct-PhD Programs from B.S Degree

A highly qualified applicant with a bachelors (or equivalent) degree, without an M.S. degree, can apply for the Ph.D. Program. Such students generally shall have a bachelor’s degree in electrical/computer engineering from an ABET accredited university, or from an acceptable institution of higher learning that is recognized by the department and the university.

a)       Direct entry into the Ph.D. program shall be contingent upon an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher over the last 60 course credit hours of his/her undergraduate degree.

b)       A minimum GRE score of Verbal + Quantitative = 1100 is required for the direct-PhD application.

c)       The applicant is advised to establish a relationship with at least one faculty member of the department who agrees to be the student’s dissertation advisor.

d)       The decision to recommend direct entry into the direct-PhD program shall be made by the Graduate Coordinator with recommendation by two faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

e)       A prior research experience is required during his/her undergraduate program.

Every graduate student admitted in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering meet with the Graduate Coordinator to obtain information about Graduate Program. The Graduate Coordinator provides assistance with registration and course selections until the student selects a permanent advisor by mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member. The student must select his/her permanent advisor by the completion of nine (9) credit hours or by the end of the first semester.

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