Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Graduate Admissions

Program Requirements

You will have the flexibility to develop a plan of study in your area of interest. This degree consists of 30 credits of coursework; no final exam required. Our program is also available online.

  • Regular* Course Credit Requirements: 30
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study Credits: not applicable 
  • Advising: Graduate Committee Chairperson 

You will complete a research-orientated plan of study involving a thesis and coursework. Students work closely with a faculty member who supervises your research.

  • Regular* Course Credit Requirements: 21
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study Credits: 9 ECE699 
  • Advising: Faculty Mentor  

As a portfolio degree (no research), you can self-advise and select whatever courses are desired, consistent with the program requirements as outlined in the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook

  • Regular* Course Credit Requirements: 32
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study Credits: not applicable 
  • Advising: Graduate Committee Chair (Note 3) 

If you wish to pursue the project version of the M.S. Plan B, then you must secure the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the required three (3) credits of ECE695 – Independent Study.

  • Regular* Course Credit Requirements: 27 plus 3 independent study credits
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study Credits: 3 ECE695 
  • Advising: Faculty Mentor (Note 3)
  • Regular* course credits at least: 9 (Note 1)
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study credits (ECE799) at least: 24
  • Advising: Faculty Mentor (Note 2)
  • Regular* course credits at least: 30 (Note 1)
  • Thesis/Dissertation/Independent Study credits (ECE699 and/or ECE799) at least: 33
  • Advising: Faculty Mentor (Note 2)

*Courses not accepted as “regular” include all courses ending in 82-99 (e.g. 682, 799, etc.)

Required Application Screening

Determining Eligibility for Admission

Before you pay for the application fee, the ECE department will evaluate your eligibility for admission. Please review the steps below.  

Before paying an application fee*, start by uploading your unofficial documents (transcripts and English Proficiency scores, if applicable) via the Online Graduate Application. Please note: Reporting GRE scores is optional. If you feel your GRE scores enhance your application, you may include them.

*If you choose to pay the application fee before being notified of admission, you are welcome to do so but your application fee will not be refunded if you do not meet admission requirements .

After the unofficial documents have been uploaded, the ECE graduate committee will then review your materials and determine if you are eligible for admission; applications are verified and prescreened year-round. 

Two letters of recommendation must be received before your application is forwarded to the department for review.

If you are eligible for admission, you will receive a message directing you to pay the application fee and have your official transcripts and score reports sent to CSU’s Admissions Office.

If you are not eligible for admission, you will not be charged an admission fee and your application will be automatically withdrawn.


Additional Requirements for International Students

To be eligible for admission, the department requires the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. Either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), or PTE (Pearson Test of English) academic exam is required. Applicants from Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and other select countries are exempt from this requirement. Students who have recently earned a degree at an American university are also exempt.

Recommended Application Deadlines

The ECE department follows a rolling admissions process, which means we evaluate applications as they are received instead of waiting to review all applications after a hard deadline. Students studying on a visa should allow at least three months for visas to be issued.

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