Below, you will find questions that current and prospective graduate students often ask in relation to the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. If your question is not answered or you would like more information on a topic, please visit our contact page to reach the appropriate person in the department.
-Thesis, Internships, OPT/CPT, Graduation, Independent Study
-Petitions, Program Transfer, Credit by Exam
-Whom should I contact if I need more information?
1) What graduate degrees do you offer?
2) How do I apply?
3) What are the application deadlines?
4) What GPA is required for admission to the master’s program? Do I need to take the GRE?
5) What GPA is required for admission to the doctoral program? Do I need to take the GRE?
- We offer a master’s degree in electrical engineering (MSEE), a master’s degree in software engineering (MSSE), a master’s degree in computer information science (MCIS), and a doctoral degree in engineering (D.Eng.).
- The application process is almost entirely electronic. See www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions.
- All application materials must be on file in the Office of Graduate Admissions at least six weeks prior to the start of the academic term of desired admission.
- You must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 for admission to the MSEE program, and 3.0 for admission to the MSSE program.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is needed if your undergraduate GPA was below 3.0, or if your undergraduate degree was granted outside the US and Canada, or if your undergraduate institution is not accredited.
- If the GRE is required, a minimum score on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the 60th percentile is required, but this minimum score does not guarantee admission.
- Your master’s GPA must be 3.25 or greater, and your bachelor’s GPA must be 3.0 or greater.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. You must obtain a score of at least the 80th percentile on the quantitative section, and at least 3.5 in analytical writing See also the following webpage for details. https://www.csuohio.edu/engineering/doctor-of-engineering/dre-frequently...
6) What does it take to get a master’s degree in electrical engineering (MSEE)?
7) What does it take to get a master’s degree in software engineering (MSSE)?
7-2) What does it take to get a master’s degree in computer science (MCIS, CS track)?
8) What does it take to earn a doctoral degree (DRE)?
- Thesis option: 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis.
- Non‐thesis option: 32 credit hours of coursework.
- Thesis option: 28 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis.
- Non‐thesis option: 32 credit hours of coursework and 4 credit hours of project work.
- Thesis option: 26 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis.
- Non‐thesis option: 32 credit hours of coursework.
- All doctoral students must meet the following requirements:
- You must earn at least 90 credit hours beyond your bachelor’s degree.
- You must complete at least 30 credit hours of dissertation credits.
- You must pass a qualifying exam covering fundamental math and engineering topics.
- You must pass a candidacy exam to propose and defend your planned doctoral research.
- You must complete substantial, original, innovative, and independent dissertation research.
- You must complete a written doctoral dissertation, and orally defend your dissertation.
- You must publish your dissertation research in a peer‐reviewed journal.
- Requirements for the Master’s‐to‐Doctoral Option (if you already have a master’s degree):
- You must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work beyond the master’s degree.
- Requirements for the Bachelor’s‐to‐Doctoral Option (if you do not yet have a master’s degree):
- You must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
- Please refer to this page tuition and fees
- Although we cannot give financial aid to every qualified student, many students receive financial aid. Students receiving aid must meet minimum enrollment requirements. Doctoral students are given preference for financial aid.
- Partial or full tuition waivers.
- Graduate assistantships, typically paid from a professor’s research grant.
- Hourly employment as a teaching or research assistant.
- Software engineering: data mining, distributed systems, and wireless sensor networks
- Computer engineering
- Digital electronics, embedded systems, computer architecture, and computer networks
- Mobile and fault‐tolerant computing, and computer and network security
- Control systems
- Micro‐electro‐mechanical systems (MEMS), and bioelectronics
- Robust control, optimal control, and computer intelligence
- Communication systems
- Robust communications, spread spectrum techniques, and modulation and coding schemes
- Power electronics and power systems
- Electric machines and drives, and high power electronics
- Power system operation and control
- Find a faculty member of the EECS department who is willing to be your guide for the thesis. You and the faculty member should agree on the scope and deliverables for the thesis.
- The thesis form is available from the Graduate College or by selecting the link below. You should complete this form in consultation with your thesis advisor. The completion of the form requires you and your advisor to form a thesis committee.
- Submit the completed form to the department office for approval by the Chair before it is submitted for the graduate college approval. Once these approvals are in place, the necessary permission will be given by the EECS department office to register for EEC 699 or CIS 699.
- Once your thesis defense is completed, request your advisor to submit a grade to the department Chair.
- Please consult the Graduate College for more details about the thesis procedure.
- Download the Thesis Form.
- If you choose the Thesis Option, you will need less number of electives including the analytical course. You should register for EEC 699 or CIS 699 under the supervision of a faculty member as described above. You will need to pass the Final Oral Defense conducted by a Thesis Committee before a grade can be assigned.
- A quick review of the submission process to assist students is available. At-A-Glance Submission Reminder for Thesis . For more in-depth instructions, visit the graduate college's web page on thesis format guidelines.
- Curricular Practical Training:
- Please refer to the following link for information on how to apply for a CPT: Curricular Practical Training
- Optional Practical Training:
- Please refer to the following link for information on how to apply for an OPT: Optional Practical Training
- If you are considering registering for an internship, you must do the following before you can register:
- Have an offer letter from a company or organization showing the scope of the work to be completed. You can (and should) register with Career Services since they maintain a database of prospective employers looking for interns and new recruits. You should also consult the bulletin board near the EECS department office where employer requests are posted as received.
- In order to be eligible for internships, you must have completed at least 20 hours of course work from your MCIS program or at least one full time academic year from your MSEE, MSSE, or DRE program, not including any preparatory courses. You must also be in good academic standing. Undergraduate students should consult an advisor.
- Complete FORM A and submit those to the department office at the start of the internship along with a copy of your offer letter. Once this form is approved, you will be given permission to register for the internship course.
- Complete FORM B and return the form to the department office at the conclusion of the internship along with a short report detailing the experience gained and the skills acquired. This form must be submitted in time to receive a grade for the internship course.
- Please note that students who select the Internship Option are required to complete at least one credit of EEC 602 or CIS 690 in addition to the minimum credit hours required for the corresponding graduate program.
To download professional internship form clilck here.
- Complete Program of Study form and submit it to the EECS department.
- Graduation application forms can be found at Campus 411.
- Complete the form and pay the fee at the Bursar's Office.
- Attach the receipt to the graduation application form.
- Submit the form to the registrar's office.
- No more than a total of three credit hours of Independent Study can be counted towards an EECS graduate degree.
- You must do the following before you can register for an independent study:
- Find a faculty member who will be willing to be your guide in the independent study project. You and the faculty member should agree on the scope and deliverables for the independent study.
- Write a proposal for the independent study. The proposal must contain the objective of the study, reference material to be used, assignment and activities to be completed, timeline and deliverables. Evaluation criteria must also be spelled out.
- Fill out the Independent Study Form. Complete the form, and get it approved by the faculty member guiding your project. Do not forget to attach your proposal.
- Submit the form to the department office for approval. Once your proposal is approved, your name will be added to the permission list enabling you to register for the course.
- Complete the project and request your guide to send a grade to the department chair.
To download independent study form clilck here.
- If your Petition request involves a course in which you are currently enrolled or have previously taken, an instructor’s statement must be provided. If your request is due to extenuating circumstances (i.e., medical issues for you or a family member, death, work related, financial, etc.) a dated and signed statement from the appropriate professional (attorney,doctor, dentist, employer, etc.) on official letterhead paper must accompany the petition. DO NOT indicate “Available upon request”.
- Degree-seeking, Certificate and Licensure graduate students should submit their petition with the instructor’s statement (if required) along with supporting materials to their faculty advisor for processing at the departmental level prior to review by the Graduate College Petitions Committee.
- Non-Degree graduate students should submit their completed petition with an instructor’s statement (if required) and any supporting materials to the College of Graduate Studies. Faculty advisor and Program Committee recommendations are not required. For an academically dismissed Non-Degree Student seeking readmission after one calendar year (12 months) has elapsed, or seeking early readmission before one year has elapsed from the time of dismissal, a recommendation from the Director of the Graduate Program in which the student wishes to take classes is required before action will be taken by the Graduate College Petitions Committee. Please be advised that the University Graduate Council has determined that poor academic performance on a midterm examination or on other course requirements does not constitute sufficient grounds for granting a student a late withdrawal from a course.
- The Graduate Student Petition Form must be completed and signed by the student and then forwarded to the instructor and/or the department with the necessary/supporting documentation.
- Use the University petition form for, for example, Restoration of university catalog rights.
- Use the College petition form (menu on the right of this page) for, for example, Late add and Readmission after suspension.
- Use the Grade Dispute Form (menu on the right of this page) for disputing the grade. It should only be used only after the student has talked with the instructor of the graded course in dispute.
- Transfer credit evaluation: Use this form (menu on the right of this page)
- If you are requesting that a course or courses taken at another college or university are acceptable to satisfy a requirement for either your major or other Washkewicz College of Engineering requirement. Another process is in place for university requirements so consult your advisor of record for that process. Just because you have submitted a course is not a guarantee that it is equivalent.
- A student who has been admitted to a graduate degree program at Cleveland State University may request to transfer to another CSU graduate program. The student should meet with his/her current graduate advisor, current graduate program director, and the graduate program director of the "new" graduate degree program, before submitting the Program Transfer Request Form.
- After consulting his/her advisor the student should complete the boxed portion of the form and submit the form to the appropriate office, (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents of the U.S. to Graduate Admissions Office, Rhodes Tower West and International Students to CISP) respectively.
- For those who wish to transfer among MSEE (electrical engineering), MSSE (software engineering), and MCIS (computer science track), students are advised to take courses in the admitted program in their first semester. The transfer request will only be reviewed afterwards.
- Students can obtain credit for the preparatory courses by taking an examination with the permission of the EECS Graduate Program Committee (GPC). Exams will be offered the week before fall and spring semester each year. The credit by exam fee must be paid and the Graduate Credit by Examination form must be submitted to the GPC at least two weeks before the first day of class. An exam can be attempted only once per course.
- For the MSEE degree, contact Professor Wenbing Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the MSSE degree, contact Professor Yongjian Fu at email@example.com.
- For the MCIS degree, contact Professor Hoadong Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the D.Eng. degree, contact Professor Dan Simon at email@example.com.