The GRE (must be no older than 5 years) is required for the Traditional Master of Science (MS) and Professional Master of Science (MSEE) degrees, but not for the Master of Engineering (ME) Degree.
Other differences between those two:
The MSEE is a professional Master of Science degree that requires more core ESE (embedded systems engineering), PPE (professional power electronics) or PHO (photonics) courses and more ECEN courses toward the ESE subplan. It prepares you for specialized and highly in-demand positions in industry, immediately following graduation. In contrast, the traditional MS can be more theoretical and more preparatory for research and subsequent PhD degree studies, in addition to preparing you for industry work.
If you start out as ME and wish to switch to MS, you must take the GRE and earn sufficiently strong scores. We prefer verbal/quantitative/analytical of 153+/159/.40+ (500+/750+/4.0+ old scale), but will occasionally accept verbal of 150 or analytical as low as 3.5+. Note that the actual average quantitative score of our applicants is 163 (780 on old scale), and that we accept the best of each of the three portions scores, regardless of exam date.
Yes! The Graduate School offers distance learning for ECEE courses, including our embedded systems and power electronics master's programs. This program is for master's students only, since PhD work involves lots of lab and research time for which you must be on campus.
Please note that the department does not allow distance learning from outside the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Your GRE scores, grade point average, strong letters of recommendation, well-written personal essay, work / research / teaching and other life experience are all taken into account for our admissions decisions. Your GPA must be at least 3.0 for all levels of past study (secondary / high school, undergrad / grad), and preferably closer to 3.5+ on a 4.0 scale. Your GRE verbal/quantitative/analytical scores must be no lower than 139 / 159 / 3.0+ ( 310+ / 750+ / 3.0+ on the former scale).
You can, but chances are not strong for admission.
Our admissions committee almost never admits anyone below 3.0. In rare instances (perhaps 2 out of 1,000 applicants), they might admit someone with 2.9+ GPA, but only provisionally, per university rules. The provisions of a provisional admission are:
In general, if your undergrad GPA was less than 3.0, you are advised not to apply to our department.
For details on application deadlines, please visit our Admissions page.
It's very important that you don't wait until the last minute to apply. For instance, if you are applying for spring admissions, our graduate advisor strongly urges you to begin applying in July. You can submit scans of transcripts initially and send the hard “attested” copy of your official transcripts when ultimately admitted to our program.
You must submit the online application strictly by 23:59 p.m. on Dec. 1.
Any supplementary items (recommendation letters, GRE scores, etc.) should also be received by Dec. 1.
If the software permits it, our dept will accept those supplementary items no later than Dec. 15. Dec. 1 is best--as the software strictly closes on Dec. 1.
If you start your university application on Nov 28 or later, you will probably be too late, especially for your letter writers to submit letters in time. We recommend starting your application well in advance of Dec. 1, for fall (well in advance of Sept. 1 for spring).
Almost never. Only for some with a particular scholarship from Vietnam; for those who are part of the Western States group of universities in the U.S.; or for a very select few who are recommended by our own faculty due to special circumstances.
Begin by choosing EEEN-ME (Master of Engineering) or EEEN-MSEE (Professional Master of Science) from the drop-down menu. Once you've made your selection, you'll see another pull-down menu where you can select Embedded Systems.
You do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS if you provide an official transcript showing more than one academic year of studies in India, Nigeria, the U.S., Canada, Australia or in another country in which English is one of the official languages.
If you are citizen of one of the following countries, and did your university studies in one of the following countries, then you do not need to submit a TOEFL nor IELTS score:
If you are not a citizen of one of the above, but did at least one academic year of university studies in one of the above during the past two years (that were in engineering or history, for example, but not in English as a Second Language), then you also don't need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
We are flexible into the 90s with TOEFL, as long as other parts of your application are sufficiently strong. Instead of TOEFL, IELTS of 7.0 or higher is also accepted.
These test scores are not necessary if your education was in the U.S., Canada, Australia or in another country in which English is one of the official languages, and provided that those studies were during the past two years.
Sorry, but no. The determining factor is not English in the classroom. You must still submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Sorry, but no. You must provide sufficiently strong scores prior to being considered for admission.
Not in this instance, sorry. We had a former Soviet researcher with a PhD, two master's degrees and 20 years’ research experience, and she still was required to submit GRE scores no older than five years.
No. We require full scores for all three portions of the GRE general exam (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) from ETS (Educational Testing Service) prior to even being considered for admission. These take about two weeks to reach us after your exam date and submission by the testing service.
Your letter-writers should immediately receive the University software link to submit their letters, as soon as you enter it into the application.
If, for some reason, they don't receive the link, then have the first check their spam box, as those occasionally end up there. If they either still cannot find the link, or have been slow to submit their letters, it is your responsibility to contact them and urge them to submit their respective letters.
Alternately, please have each of your letter-writers:
Exactly the same as if you were applying as a new student. You must submit the same paperwork as anyone else entering our program for the first time.