University of Delaware - College of Engineering
ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Academics - Graduate Program

Frequently asked questions

Current Students

Is there a time limit for the completion of degree requirements?

What happens if I do not complete the program requirements within the specified time frame?

What is the course load requirement for full time students with assistantships?

Is there a limit to how many graduate credits I can register for in each semester?

What happens if I fail to register within a semester of my program matriculation dates?

Do I have to take a seminar and a technical course every semester?

Can research and pre-candidacy credits be considered as a “technical course” requirement?

What is sustaining status and when is it appropriate to go on sustaining status?

Do I register for sustaining status or does the Graduate Office automatically register me?

Do I have to register for sustaining status in the winter and summer sessions?

If I am a funded student do I have to register for summer session?

If I was admitted into the program seeking a MS degree and I want to change my classification into a Ph.D student (and vice-versa ) what do I need to do?

Who are the members of the Departmental Graduate Committee?

Applicants

I need the appropriate codes to send my unofficial test scores. What is the “Department Code" for ECE and the "Institution Code" of the University of Delaware?

Where do I send my application materials?

What are the minimum standardized test scores required for admission?

I am an international student with an offer that says I must attend the English Language Institute International Teaching Assistant Training Program (ELI/ITA). Where can I get information regarding ELI training?

What are the application deadlines and when should I expect to receive notice?

Current Students

Is there a time limit for the completion of degree requirements? top

Time limits for the completion of degree requirements begin with the date of matriculation into the program and are specifically expressed in the student’s letter of admission from The Office of Graduate & Professional Education.
Master’s degree program = 10 consecutive semesters (5years). If a student completes these requirements and opts to continue in the program (with permission) toward a Ph.D, you are granted an additional ten consecutive semesters.
Ph.D program (with a MS program already completed) = 10 consecutive semesters to complete the requirements.
Ph.D program (without a MS) = fourteen consecutive semesters (7 years) to complete the requirements.

 

What happens if I do not complete the program requirements within the specified time frame? top

If extenuating circumstances exist that are beyond a student’s control, a request for an extension of time limit would have to be made by the student, in writing, to the departmental graduate committee. The request would be have to be approved by the departmental graduate committee and the student’s advisor. The department will forward this request to The Office of Graduate & Professional Education, who will in turn determine the student’s eligibility for a time extension and will notify the student in writing of its decision to grant an extension of time.

 

What is the course load requirement for full time students with assistantships? top

A student must be classified as full-time to be eligible to hold a teaching, research, graduate or tuition assistantship/tuition scholarship and must register for a minimum of 6 hours of graduate level courses each fall and spring semester to meet full-time status.
Students holding a fellowship or those who are attending without any form of funding must register for at least 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses each fall and spring semester to meet full-time status.
In both cases, these graduate level courses must be taken for credit and must be maintained throughout the semester.
Students who have completed all required course credits needed for their degree (including six credits of Master's thesis or nine credits of Doctoral dissertation credits) except for the submission of the thesis or dissertation can register for either Master's Sustaining or Doctoral Sustaining.  Students in sustaining status are considered full-time.

 

Is there a limit to how many graduate credits I can register for in each semester? top

Generally, a maximum load is 12 graduate credit hours per semester; however, additional credit hours may be taken with the approval of the student’s adviser and the Dean of the Graduate Program, Dr. Mary Martin. You will not be able to register for credit hours over the maximum as permission must be obtained from The Office of Graduates & Professional Education to carry an overload in any session. This permission must be granted prior to attempting to register for the additional credits and well in advance of the end of the free drop add period for the semester.

 

What happens if I fail to register within a semester of my program matriculation dates? top

Graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration each fall and spring semester to be eligible to continue in a degree program. Failure to comply with the requirement will be taken as evidence that the student has terminated his/her graduate program and the admitted status to the graduate program will be terminated and recorded on the student’s transcript.

 

Do I have to take a seminar and a technical course every semester? top

Yes. This information is outlined within the departmental graduate program policy statement.
All full time students who have not been granted sustaining status must register for a seminar in their area of concentration as well a technical course every semester. Seminars are listed in the University registration booklets as ELEG 661, 662, 663 & 664.

 

Can research and pre-candidacy credits be considered as a “technical course” requirement? top

No. Examples of technical courses include related departmental ELEG / CPEG credit courses, foundation courses, associated Math / Physics & Science credit coursework at a graduate program level (600 or above) that are taken for credit (no auditing).
Special problem coursework (ELEG666 or 866) can be considered only twice towards a students degree. This type of coursework credit requires discussion with and approval from the student’s research advisor. A titling web form would need to be submitted to illustrate the specific details of the coursework on the transcript.

 

What is sustaining status and when is it appropriate to go on sustaining status? top

Sustaining status is only appropriate at the end of the course of study. Sustaining status indicates that a student in the graduate program has completed all courses and required credits.
Typically, a student may go on sustaining status while wrapping up research, dissertation writing, etc.
When a student is in sustaining status they do not have to meet the departmental Graduate Policy requirement for being enrolled in at least one technical course and a seminar within the students’ concentration area.

 

Do I register for sustaining status or does the Graduate Office automatically register me? top

The initial registration to sustaining is granted only after Dr. Mary Martin reviews the policy statement and their transcript to ensure that they have met all of the credit courses, thesis credits, dissertation credits and examination requirements pertinent to their specific degree. If the student fails to register during a required semester within their program, the graduate office sometimes rolls the students sustaining registration over - due to failure on the part of the student - in order to avoid termination out of the program. This is not how the registration process is intended to work and is initiated due to neglect on the student’s part. This can result in incorrect billing situations that will ultimately become the student’s responsibility.

 

Do I have to register for sustaining status in the winter and summer sessions? top

Sustaining registration is required for the summer and winter session only if the degree is awarded at the conclusion of the summer or winter session. The appropriate Application for Advanced Degree form would need to be submitted to the graduate office by the designated deadline date issued by the graduate office for those sessions.

 

If I am a funded student do I have to register for summer session? top

Yes. Students who are supported by the University of Delaware as RA’s or fellows during the summer months are required to be registered in at least 3 credits during the 7 1/2 week summer semester (first session) in an area related to the student’s degree program. ie: research, thesis, dissertation, sustaining or a regular graduate course needed for the degree offered in this session.

 

If I was admitted into the program seeking a MS degree and I want to change my classification into a Ph.D student (and vice-versa ) what do I need to do? top

The student must complete and submit the required Change of Classification Form for Graduate Students.
The form requires approval from your advisor, the Department Graduate Director and the Dean of the University Graduate Program, Dr. Mary Martin.

 

Who are the members of the Departmental Graduate Committee? top

The Graduate Committee consists of members representing each research concentration within the ECE Department. Committee members are responsible for coordinating the reviews of applicants within the committee member’s concentration. The committee is also charged with interpreting and enforcing the Graduate Policies. Current Graduate Committee members are: Dr. Keith Goossen,Chair and Nanoelectronics Area, Dr. Javier Garcia-Frias and Dr. Xiang-Gen Xia - Signal Processing Area; Dr. Hui Fang and Dr. Chengmo Yang - Computer Engineering Area; Dr. Michael Haney Electromagnetics and Photonics Area.

 

Applicants

I need the appropriate codes to send my unofficial test scores. What is the “Department Code" for ECE and the "Institution Code" of the University of Delaware? top

GRE & TOEFL:   Institution code is 005811 / no dept code is needed


Where do I send my application materials? top

All applications are submitted electronically through the Office of Graduate & Professional Education application submission system. Materials for which electronic copies are not available, such as sample publications, can be sent as hard copy to:

Office of Graduate & Professional Education
University of Delaware
234 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716 USA

All applications are reviewed for admission as well as assistantship. Please see the FAQ on the application page regarding questions on the application process. Questions not answered in the online resources can be directed to gradadmissions@udel.edu or Kathy Forwood (kforwood@udel.edu).

 

What are the minimum standardized test scores required for admission? top

The minimum GRE score required is 150 for the quantitative section with a combined total of 300 for the verbal and quantitative sections (for the new test). Since the GRE test scores are good for 5 years, for those using the old testing scores, the minimum requirement is 600 for the quantitative section with a combined total of 1050 for the verbal and quantitative sections. (International applicants with low verbal scores will be considered if the applicant's TOEFL score is acceptable and quantitative GRE score is high.)
International applicants that have not graduated from a US institution must have minimum TOEFL scores of 550/79 (PBT/IBT) for admission and 600/100 for consideration as a Teaching Assistant (TA).

An alternative to the TOEFL test is IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum requirement is 6.5 for admissions and 7.5 for a teaching assistantship.

 

I am an international student with an offer that says I must attend the English Language Institute International Teaching Assistant Training Program (ElI/ITA). Where can I get information regarding this training? top

Information on the English Language Institute International Teaching Assistant Training Program can be found online here

Please note that typical TA contracts include minimum performance requirements from this program.

 

What are the application deadlines and when should I expect to receive notice? top

The application deadlines are February 1 for Fall Admission and November 1 for Spring Admission. Applications are reviewed after the deadline date.  Applicants will receive an email from the University Graduate Admissions Office letting them know the Departments decision any time after the application deadline dates, but by mid-December for spring applications and by the end of May for fall applications. Later admissions are not uncommon due to changes in funding for an increase in the number of open positions.


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