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Graduate Study in Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 19 faculty members who regularly advise 50 graduate students and approximately 350 undergraduate. This low student-to-faculty ratio makes it possible to maintain a close and friendly atmosphere that is often praised both by students and alumni. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department is housed in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) building.

The department is a base for a wide variety of funded research projects, serving both government and private interests. At the graduate level, the department offers programs of study leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.E.) in Electrical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The ECE Department faculty and graduate students are involved in a wide range of research projects. Our research activity is organized in laboratories and centers. Please visit the laboratory and center Web site for a description of the range of projects that are underway in the department.

Requirements
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be earned in residence at Clarkson.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better.
  • A minimum of six credit hours of thesis and two credit hours of seminar.
  • A thesis must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty members. Exceptions may be granted to outstanding students who decide to pursue Ph.D. work.

Requirements for the Master of Engineering Degree

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be earned in residence.
  • Up to 21 credit hours of graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better, and two credit hours of seminar. At least 12 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • Submission and presentation of a design project, worth up to seven credit hours.

For further information please visit the Master of Engineering page.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (beyond B.S.) correspond- ing to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, two of which must be in residence at Clarkson. A master's degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.
  • A minimum of six credit hours of seminar work.
  • Minimum coursework: 39 credit hours total, nine credit hours in a minor field, six credit hours outside the depart- ment, and nine credit hours taken in residence at Clarkson.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one committee member being from outside the depart- ment of the thesis advisor.

Computing Facilities
Computing at Clarkson is based on a distributed information network including Unix workstations, Novell networked personal computers, Windows NT workstations, and various servers. All campus offices, research labs, and most undergraduate classrooms are networked with a fiber optic backbone. Servers provide file storage and backup, print service, and e-mail service. Direct Internet access is available from each desktop. Within the ECE department, research labs have local networks of Unix or NT workstations which support the specific computational needs of each lab. Computing-based classrooms are shared among the engineering school departments and include facilities for group-oriented design, computer-aided design (CAD), and color printers and plotters.

Application for Admission
Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree and have achieved an academic record distinctly above average. Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Foreign applicants should submit a TOEFL score; a minimum of 550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam is required. All accepted foreign students for whom English is a second language are required to take an English placement exam to determine whether they should complete remedial requirements.

For inquiries or to schedule a visit to campus, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PO Box 5720
Potsdam, NY 13699-5720
Phone: 315-268-7648
Fax: 315-268-7600

Application and admission information may be obtained by providing your name, address, area of interest, degree sought, and date of intended entry to the School of Engineering at the following address:

The School of Engineering Graduate Studies Office
Clarkson University
PO Box 5625
Potsdam, NY 13699-5625
Phone: 315-268-7929
Fax: 315-268-7994
E-mail: enggrad@clarkson.edu

All other information including test scores, letters of reference, and application fee should be submitted with your application to the above address.

Equal Opportunity Policy
Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status in provision of educational opportunity or employment opportunities and benefits. Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or disability in its educational programs and activities, pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the American Disabilities Act of 1990, respectively.

Financial Assistance
All applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree are considered for financial assistance. The most common forms are described below.

M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. Partial Tuition Assistantships
Because of the limited number of TAs and RAs available, partial tuition assistantships are often granted on a merit basis. These assistantships offer a 40% tuition waiver equivalent to a 12-credit-hour waiver for every 30 graduate hours taken. Duties involve an average of six hours per week to be determined by the department. There is no stipend associated with this form of assistantship. M.E. students are eligible for this form of assistantship only.

Teaching Assistantships provide a stipend plus full tuition. Duties involve an average of 12 hours per week and may include assisting in the laboratory or recitaiton sections and grading reports or homework.

Research Assistantships provide a stipend plus full tuition.Fellowships require no teaching duties, and provide a stipend ranging from $18,500-22,000 plus full tuition.

Students who receive full one-year TA or RA appointments are also entitled to two weeks vacation and University-observed holidays.