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Prospective Graduate Students

The ECE Department offers a number of Master of Science (MS) degree programs in addition to a doctoral degree program. More information about the curricular requirements, degree options, and other pertinent degree information with regards to these degree programs can be found in the graduate programs section of the ECE Department website.

Additional information that may be helpful for individuals interested in applying to the graduate program in the ECE Department is presented below.

Admission and Application Requirements

Collection of application materials is handled by a central Graduate Admissions office at the university. More information about how to start an application to one of the programs administered by the ECE Department - including application materials submission requirements and deadlines - can be found on the website of the Graduate Admissions office.

The ECE Department considers applications for the graduate degree programs it administers purely on the basis of academic merit, as evidenced by the information contained in a complete application package. The following information is meant to provide clarification about how certain academic indicators are utilized by the department in the application review process.

Educational Background

Individuals seeking admission to the ECE Department graduate program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited domestic college or university, or the equivalent educational credential from outside the United States of America. Typically, successful candidates will hold such a degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering; however, degrees in other closely related fields are also considered.

Academic transcripts are evaluated both to confirm completion of coursework in key foundational areas as well as to judge the applicant's understanding of the content presented in said foundational coursework as expressed in the assignment of a final grade or other mode of performance evaluation. Overall academic performance in all post-secondary coursework is also considered. As the department recognizes that the transition to post-secondary education can be difficult, greater weight is given to an applicant's academic performance in the final two years of full-time, degree-relevant post-secondary academic study.

GRE Requirement

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants seeking to enter the doctoral program as well as those applicants seeking to enter one of the MS programs with the intent to pursue studies on a full-time basis. Generally, successful candidates will have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a post-secondary degree at the bachelor's level or higher from a regionally-accredited domestic college or university must demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency by examination. The ECE Department accepts valid test scores from both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam as demonstration of English language proficiency. Generally, successful candidates will have earned a total score of 92 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, 560 or higher on the TOEFL PBT, or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS exam. Please be aware that scores are evaluated not only on the basis of total scores but also with consideration for individual section scores.

Assistantships and Fellowships

All accepted graduate students, both at the master's and doctoral level, are reviewed by our research faculty for possible funding opportunities. Decisions regarding assistantships and fellowships are made after an individual's application is complete and admission is granted. Some offers of financial assistance, including a stipend and full tuition support, are made to the best students whose background and studies are compatible with the faculty's research needs.

The typical mode of support is a combined Research and Teaching Assistantship. While we have many excellent students admitted to our program each year, the number of these awards is limited. It falls upon many capable and eligible students to support themselves until, and if, support becomes available at a later point in their studies. As funding offers are made on a rolling basis, based on the recommendations of individual faculty members, applicants are encouraged to directly contact faculty members in their areas of interest after receiving notification of admission.

A good place to start the search for a possible faculty sponsor is to determine which faculty members are doing research in the areas in which one is interested. A list of faculty broken down by research interests can be found in the Faculty Research Guide. Further information regarding the specific background, research interests, and contact information of individual faculty members can be found in the Faculty Directory. Please be aware that the faculty of the ECE Department recognize that many students are capable of excelling in graduate work, and that continued attendance in graduate school is often contingent upon receipt of some form of aid. Unfortunately, limits on research funds and teaching budgets means that many who are deserving of financial assistance must be denied aid despite the fact that every effort is made to support deserving and needy students.

Other funding options may also be available at the college or university level, based on an applicant's particular situation. More information about possible college funding options through graduate fellowships can be found on the College of Engineering's Research Fellowships page. In addition, prospective students should consult the Graduate Admissions Financing page and the Drexel Central Financial Aid & Assistance page for additional information and guidance about other university and external sources of funding that may be available.

Finally, students are also encouraged to consider applying for competitive external fellowship awards. More information about these awards can be found on the website of the Drexel Fellowships Office.