For Fall semester admissions, the offers of financial aid are made throughout April and sometimes into May. If you do not hear from us that probably means that we are not prepared to offer you financial aid at this time. However, we keep your application on file just in case an opening develops or we receive funds to hire additional graduate students. In that case, we will contact you for your availability. This can happen at any time during the year including the possibility of starting in the Spring semester.
Research assistantships in a particular area of concentration are generally awarded by a faculty member working on funded research in that area. You may contact a faculty member for the availability of research assistantships in your area of specialization.
Yes, first year international students who have been accepted in our graduate programs are considered for TA and RA positions.
The offers of financial aid depend on several factors including GRE/TOEFL scores, personal/phone interviews, previous research/industrial/teaching experience, area of concentration, department needs and the financial factors. Competition for teaching and research assistantships is always very keen and admitted students are always encouraged to find other sources of support including personal/family funds. Several students start their graduate education based on personal funds and later find some form of financial support including assistantships and on-campus employment though clearly, it can not be guaranteed.
No. Every student accepted into our graduate programs is considered for financial aid. We contact every student who is offered financial aid. For additional sources of funding visit the Graduate School Financial Information page.
There are no set minimum requirements. The offers of graduate admission depend on several factors including previous coursework and performance therein, previous research/industrial experience, GRE/TOEFL scores, recommendation letters, area of concentration and the department needs. You may apply to either the MS or the PhD program though requirements for admission to the latter are obviously much higher.
TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years from the date you take the test. If your GRE scores are more than 2 years old, see if you can get an official score report (directly from ETS) to include with your application packet.
For international applicants, TOEFL and GRE scores are required for admission into our graduate programs. For domestic students, GRE scores are welcome (in fact, recommended) though not required and will be considered in the admission process if submitted.
There is no formal deadline for submitting applications for admission to the graduate programs in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Applications are processed as they are received. However, keep in mind that most of the financial aid decisions are made in March and April for Fall semester admissions. Therefore, the applications should be submitted by February 15 if you want to be considered for the first round of financial aid offers.