GRADUATE STUDIES

I. Program Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Students must complete one of the two options.

I. THESIS OPTION (36 hours total)

Course Work (28 hours) Select 12 hours at ECE 500-level:

Excluding ECE 596,ECE 598, and ECE 599

Remaining 16 hours at 400- or 500-level:

12 hours must be in ECE rubric

Up to 4 hours of non-ECE graduate course work, completed with prior department approval, may be applied toward the MS degree.

A Computer Engineering (CE) student may fulfill part of the 500-level ECE course requirements by completing up to 4 hours of gradute coursework at the 500-level in CS department. CS course must be completed with prior department approval. This does not count against the limit of non-ECE course work allowed. (excluding CS 595, 596, 597, 598, 599).

Additional courses:

ECE 598 M.S. Thesis Research (8 hours).

ECE 595 Departmental Seminar (at least one semester).

II. COURSE-WORK ONLY OPTION (40 hours total)

Course Work (40 hours) Select 16 hours at the ECE 500-level:

Excluding ECE 596, ECE 598, and ECE 599.

Remaining 24 hours at 400- or 500-level:

16 hours must be in ECE rubric.

Up to 8 hours of non-ECE graduate course work, completed with prior department approval, may be applied toward the MS degree.

A Computer Engineering (CE) student may substitute up to 4 hours out of the 16 hours required 500 level ECE course work with a 400-level ECE course if the student completes the same number of hours with a 500-level CS course (excluding CS 595, 596, 597, 598, 599). This course counts against the limit of non-ECE course work allowed.

Additional courses:

ECE 595 Departmental Seminar (at least one semester).

Other Information:

Credit earned in ECE 596 may not be applied toward the MS degree.

No graduation credit will be given for credit/no credit courses.

Comprehensive Examination: None.

Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options:

Thesis or course work only. No other options are available.

Thesis: Thesis students must earn 8 hours in ECE 598; no more than 8 hours of ECE 598 may be applied toward the degree.

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements: Students must complete one of these two options.

I. PhD POST MS (108 hours total, 32 hours transferred from MS).

Credit for MS Degree: Those having an MS degree from an accredited institution will be awarded 32 semester hours of credit towards the PhD degree requirement. Course Work (28 hours) Select 16 hours at the ECE 500-level:

Excluding ECE 596, ECE 598, and ECE 599

Remaining 12 hours at the 400- or 500-level:

Non-ECE graduate course work, completed with prior department approval.

A Computer Engineering (CE) student may substitute up to 4 hours of 500-level ECE course work with a 400-level ECE course if the student completes the same number of hours with a 500-level CS course (excluding CS 595, 596, 597, 598, 599). This course counts against the limit of non-ECE course work allowed.

Any course that is nearly equivalent to one taken in master’s program earlier will not earn PhD credit.

Additional courses:

ECE 599 Ph.D. Thesis Research (48 hours).

32 hours transferred from MS degree.

ECE 595 Departmental Seminar (at least two semesters).

Credit earned in ECE 596 may not be applied toward the PhD degree.

No graduation credit will be given for credit/no credit courses.

II. DIRECT PhD (108 hours total)

Course Work (52 hours) Select 24 hours at the ECE 500-level:

Excluding ECE 596, ECE 598, and ECE 599.

Remaining 28 hours at the 400- or 500-level:

12 hours must be in ECE.

Up to 16 hours of non-ECE graduate course work completed with prior department approval may be applied toward the PhD degree.

A CE student may substitute up to 8 hours out of the 24 hours required ECE 500 level course work with 400 level ECE course work if the student completes the same number of hours with 500-level CS course work (excluding CS 595, 596, 597, 598, 599). These courses count against the limit of non-ECE course work allowed.

Additional courses:

ECE 599 Ph.D. Thesis Research (56 hours).

ECE 595 Departmental Seminar (at least two semesters).

A student may apply to receive an MS degree upon passing the preliminary examination, provided course work required for MS degree under course-work-only option is completed.

If any one of the PhD degree requirements of passing the qualifying examination or passing the preliminary exam is not successfully completed, student may apply for transfer to the MS program for an opportunity to complete the MS degree requirements under the thesis option.

Credit earned in ECE 596 may not be applied toward the PhD degree.

No graduation credit will be given for credit/no credit courses.

Other Information: Examination:

Departmental Qualifying Examination: Required; written.

Preliminary Examination: Required; oral.

Dissertation:

Required. Candidates must earn ECE 599 credit of at least 44 hours beyond master’s degree and at least 52 hours beyond bachelor’s degree.

II. How to Apply

A. Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are individually evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. A complete set of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work is required before an application is evaluated for admission. In addition to the application requirements of the Office of Admissions and the policies set by the Graduate College, applicants should meet program requirements for admission. Meeting minimum requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Program requirements are given below: Baccalaureate Field: 

Electrical or computer engineering, or other closely related curriculum.

Grade Point Average:

At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study is expected.

Tests Required:

All international applicants should report general test scores of GRE. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to provide GRE scores; however, GRE scores may improve prospects for financial aid.

Minimum English Competency Test Score: TOEFL:

590 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,

IELTS:

6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,

PTE-Academic:

54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Letters of Recommendation:

Not required for admission unless specifically requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee after reviewing academic and other credentials.

Personal Statement:

Not required.

Applications for admission are individually evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. A complete set of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work is required before an application is evaluated for admission. In addition to the application requirements of the Office of Admissions and the policies set by the Graduate College, applicants should meet program requirements for admission. Meeting minimum requirements does not, however, guarantee admission. Program requirements are given below: Doctor of Philosophy Prior Degrees:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering or a related field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and an outstanding academic record are encouraged to seek admission directly to the PhD program.

Grade Point Average:

At least 3.50/4.00.

Tests Required:

All international applicants should report general test scores of GRE. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to provide GRE scores; however, GRE scores may improve prospects for financial aid. Graduates of non-English-speaking countries who seek appointment as Teaching Assistants are encouraged to submit a TSE score (minimum acceptable score is 50).

Minimum English Competency Test Score: TOEFL:

590 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,

IELTS:

6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,

PTE-Academic:

54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three required.

Personal Statement:

Not required.

Other Requirements:

No limited-status admissions.

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