To be considered for funding, all application materials must be received before January 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission.
The three key requirements for admission are listed below:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires the GRE scores from all international applicants and domestic students not graduating from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited engineering program. The minimum acceptable Quantitative GRE score is 700. In addition, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test Service) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 for the paper-based exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam, or 80 for the internet-based exam, and the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 with no individual band score below 5.0.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)A master's applicant must have a BSEE degree with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
Letters of RecommendationAll master's applicants must arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation submitted by individuals familiar with their professional background and qualifications. Typically, at least one letter should be written by a faculty member from the applicant's undergraduate academic major/program.
Applications received for the PhD program are administratively divided into three categories. These are: (i) currently enrolled students who are about to complete a MSEE at Binghamton University; (ii) other students who have completed or are about to complete an MSEE degree elsewhere; and (iii) exceptional students completing their baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA above 3.5/4.0.
Students in the first category, i.e., in their last semester of the MSEE program, can apply for the PhD program by requesting admission in a letter sent to the ECE Graduate Director. The letter requesting admission should include a general statement of research interest. In addition, the student must submit a letter of recommendation from a prospective advisor expressing a willingness to advise the student.
Applicants with degrees in fields other than electrical and computer engineering will be considered for admission but at the beginning of their degree program may be required to complete a selection of courses to provide the needed foundation for research in ECE areas; these cases are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Students who have completed a Master's degree, or are about to complete one at another university, may apply to the EE PhD program by submitting a completed application and application fee to the Graduate Admissions Office. Application forms are available at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/index.html
The application must include all transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS score if English is a second language, two letters of recommendation and a statement of research interests. The academic credentials of Binghamton University master's graduates are on file, and hence they do not need to be resubmitted with the application.
Exceptional baccalaureate students with a GPA above 3.5 in their BSEE program are eligible for direct admission to the PhD program. Students in this category must complete a minimum of 16 graduate courses including no more than four independent study courses. These students should complete an on-line application on the Graduate Admissions web site. The items listed in the preceding paragraph must be submitted to Interfolio. If the student is a current or former Binghamton University student, that student should contact the ECE department for special instructions. The student must indicate on the application that he/she is applying for the MS/PhD or the PhD program.
Last Updated: 6/3/12