About Graduate Studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University offers four degree options for graduate students to pursue advanced degrees (three master’s level and a doctorate degree):

  •    a Master of Science degree without thesis (MS w/o thesis)
  •    a Master of Science degree with thesis (MS with thesis)
  •    a Master of Business and Science degree (MBS with a concentration in ECE)
  •    and a Ph.D. degree.

The graduate curricula includes a broad array of foundational material, ranging from computer architecture to stochastic process to digital signal processing, that is intended to give graduate students the training needed to engage in state-of-the-art research. A broad selection of additional advanced classes provides students with training beneficial for engaging in industry employment upon graduation. Many master’s students are actively placed in software engineering positions in high-tech industries as well as in financial industries. Information for prospective students is given in the ECE Graduate Handbook.

The electrical and computer engineering faculty are actively engaged in research in areas ranging from wireless systems to future Internet design, sensor networks, signal processing, control theory, low-power electronics, materials, hardware and software engineering, computer graphics and vision, robotics, and virtual reality technologies. Students have access to cutting edge research laboratories, such as the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), the Microelectronics Research Laboratory (MERL), and the Center for Autonomic Computing (CAC). The graduate faculty guide students through the research process, from problem formulation to publication in top-tier journals and conferences to filing patent applications and technology transfer. Many Ph.D. students pursue careers in academia and industrial research laboratories. A full listing of the faculty and research opportunities can be found here.

Master of Science degree candidates may follow either a thesis or a nonthesis program of study. The thesis program requires 24 credits of course work, 6 credits of research leading to a master's thesis, and the final defense of the thesis. In the nonthesis program, the candidate must complete 30 credits of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and write an essay/report which must be presented in public as a seminar and approved by at least three members of the ECE Graduate Faculty. The Master of Business & Science is a non-thesis based degree where students take business courses in addition to their courses in ECE. Please see the MBS web site for more information.

To Apply:

All applications go through the main graduate student portal at Rutgers University: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu. Please see the web site for procedures and deadlines.

Please note that although the official graduate application deadline for the Fall term is listed as December 1, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes and accepts applications from outstanding students after the official December 1st deadline.

Admission Requirements:

The requirements for admission into the master's degree (MS, MBS) program are:

  1. A bachelor's degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0-point scale. (Students with bachelor's degrees in closely related areas such as Physics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Engineering Technology may be considered for admission if they have outstanding GPA's and GRE's. Some undergraduate course work may be required. (Please see the ECE Graduate Handbook for more information.)
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The minimum expected scores are: Verbal 500, Quantitative 730, Analytical 660 (Analytical Writing 4.5). (The subject GRE in engineering is not required. In addition, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all foreign applicants whose native language is not English unless an undergraduate degree was received in the USA. A minimum score of 250 is expected. Students who obtain a TOEFL score below 250 may be accepted in exceptional cases, but will be required to attend classes in the Program in American Language Studies (PALS). This score corresponds to the new TOEFL Scores: Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 21, and Listening 17. 6

The requirements for admission into the Ph.D. degree program are:

  1. A master's degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale and an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. GRE examination with the same minimum scores as for the M.S. program.
  4. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree in the USA must also submit their TOEFL scores.

Students with masters degrees in closely related areas such as Physics, Computer Science, or Applied Mathematics may be accepted on the condition that some or all of the undergraduate ECE courses be completed with a grade of B or better. (Please see the ECE Graduate Handbook for more information.)

Students who have completed the M.S. degree requirements at Rutgers and wish to continue for the Ph.D. must meet the 3.5 GPA requirement and submit a change of status form to the graduate director for approval. Foreign students are also required to obtain the approval of the Financial Aid Office regarding their financial status. Final approval is made by the Graduate School.

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