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M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering


Why go to graduate school?

Among the many reasons why students pursue graduate study, here are some of the most common:

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Rowan ECE Graduate Program

The ECE department at Rowan University offers two different tracks, both leading to the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. The program details can be found in the MS in ECE Program Guide and Overview [link] and below.

The program of study in both tracks consists of 30-credits), and is available with the following options:

Track 1 – Research Track:

This track is designed for those who are interested in developing an expertise within a specific area of focus within Electrical and Computer Engineering. To develop such an expertise, students in Research Track perform a rigorous research, supervised by an advising profes-sor, on a specific topic of interest to solve a previously unsolved problem. The outcome of this research culminates in a MS thesis. Students who would like to excel in one of the areas of electrical and computer engineering, or those who are considering pursuing a Ph.D. one day, typically choose this track. Students who are accepted to this track are often eligible for research assistantships or teaching fellowships that can reduce or eliminate the out-of-pocket cost of the graduate education (see below for more details).

Track 2 – Professional Track:

This track is designed for those who are not interested in research or writing a thesis, but rather interested in expanding their breadth and depth of ECE knowledge by taking a larger number of courses in a wide spectrum of electrical and/or computer engineering fields. Stu-dents in this track do not work on a thesis, and take 30 credits of courses, which his typically 10 graduate level courses. While this is a course-only track, students who wish to obtain some research experience may choose to work on a smaller-scale project that can be count-ed for 3 credits (or 1 class).

MS in ECE Track 1 –Research (Thesis) Track Curriculum

At least one of the electives must include significant use of computing or programming. An approved graduate level computer science class may be used to satisfy this requirement:

TOTAL: 30 Credits

MS in ECE Track 2 – Course-only Track Curriculum

At least one of the electives must include significant use of computing or programming. A approved graduate level computer science class may be used to satisfy this requirement. An independent mini research project can be used to replace one of the 8 electives.

TOTAL: 30 Credits

Timeline Program of Study

The timeline of a typical program-of-study for the thesis option is as follows:

Summer

  • Math course
  • Business course
  • Identify advisor, research topic
  • Identify advising committee members

Fall

  • ECE graduate level elective
  • ECE graduate level elective
  • ECE graduate level elective
  • MS these (3 credits)
  • Start research

Spring

  • ECE graduate level elective
  • ECE graduate level elective
  • MS these (3 credits)
  • Continue research

Summer

  • MS these (3 credits)
  • Complete research
  • Write thesis
  • Defend thesis

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Thesis Requirements

Please visit the Thesis & Dissertation Requirements page at the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) for information on thesis format requirements. Electronic templates are available at the above link, as well as a thesis manual. A typical MS thesis will have the following contents:

…and include the following steps to complete

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Rowan ECE Graduate Courses

ECE 09.59x series constitutes the Emerging Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering se-quence – These classes can be taken multiple times, when approved by the advisor. Multiple sections of this course are offered during each semester with different content on emerging topics. The following courses have recently been taught under this class

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Paying (or getting paid) for Graduate School: Research and Teaching Fellowships

Rowan ECE program offers two types of financial aid in the form of research or teaching fellowships. Fellowships are only available to students in Track 1 (Research track), and are only awarded to exceptionally qualified students. All students who apply for Track 1 graduate program in ECE are automatically considered for a fellowship. Selection is competitive. Applicants awarded Fellowships will be notified of such by CGCE Admissions via the admission offer packet, which will include the Graduate Fellowship Agreement Form. Fellowship amounts vary but may be available up to the full cost of attendance. In order obtain and maintain status as a Fellow, all students must, at a minimum:

In addition to the above, Fellows receiving stipends must:

In addition to all of the above, those designated as Teaching Fellows must:

Research fellowships are awarded primary by individual faculty and are paid from their externally funded research grants. To increase your likelihood of getting a research fellowship, contact the professor with whom you would like work early in the application process. Award amounts varies and may include any combination of the following across different semesters based on the satisfactory research and academic performance and availability of funds

Teaching fellowships are awarded by the department, in conjunction with faculty members who express interest in working with that student towards a thesis. Since teaching fellowship also requires research work and completion of a thesis, contact the professor with whom you would like work early in the application process and inform him/her as well department chair about your skills that may uniquely qualify you for a teaching assistantship. Once awarded, continuation of the fellowship to subsequent semesters requires satisfactory performance in both teaching and research (and availability of funds). A typical teaching fellowship award includes:

Full details about the student costs, funding provided, and all expectations and responsibilities required of Fellows are included in the official Graduate Fellowship Agreement Form, which can be obtained from the department or from CGCE Academic Services. Fellowship Agreements are subject to change due to changes in funding availability. No university or department-sponsored fellowship is available after students have reached the 30-credit limit.

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Applying to MS in ECE Program

Minimum academic requirements for admission include:

A GRE exam is NOT required; however, GRE scores will be used in evaluating the applicant should the applicant choose to provide these scores. Students are particularly encouraged to submit GRE scores if they believe their academic background is stronger than what is implied by their GPA.

Note that the above is an abbreviated list, including academic requirements only. For complete admission requirements and the application process see the MS in ECE Program Guide and Overview and go to MS in ECE Information and Application Page to apply.

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