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Graduate Programs

The graduate programs section of the ECE Department website is intended to provide information about departmental policies and procedures as well as referrals to other resources that are pertinent to students pursuing a graduate degree in the department. The following information will provide a brief overview of each of the resources listed in the left-hand sidebar.

Please note that in addition to adherence to the policies and procedures of the ECE Department as outlined in the pages of the graduate programs section of the departmental website, students are expected to abide by all pertinent university policies and practices. Besides familiarizing oneself with the information presented herein, graduate students are encouraged to acquaint themselves with other applicable policies and procedures as expressed in the following resources:

In addition to deadlines presented in the applicable policies and procedures outlined in the above resources, students should be aware of other crucial dates such as registration and degree applications deadlines, class start and end dates, term examination periods, and university closures as outlined in the university academic calendar.

Special cases and considerations not covered in or requests for granting of exceptions to the departmental policies and procedures as presented in the graduate programs section of the ECE Department website may be brought before the ECE Department Graduate Affairs Committee for consideration.

Curricular Requirements and Programmatic Resources

The ECE Department offers a number of Master's of Science (MS) degree programs in addition to a doctoral degree program. Some departmental policies, procedures and resources are pertinent only to a single degree program or educational level. Such degree-specific policies, procedures and resources have been presented in two separate sections as follows:

  • MS Programs: This section provides curricular requirements for each of the MS degree programs administered by the ECE Department. In addition, it also provides information about two important MS degree completion options, the graduate co-op program and the thesis option, as well as resources for and advice regarding MS program planning.
  • Ph.D. Program: This section provides information and resources that are pertinent to students who are participating in the doctoral degree program within the ECE Department.

Program Planning Tools

In addition to the degree-specific information presented in the two sections mentioned above, the ECE Department has put together the following resources that should assist all students pursuing a departmental graduate degree construct program plans aimed at successful degree completion:

  • Course Offerings: The ECE Department strives to provide an accurate list of the likely departmental graduate course offerings for the current and coming two academic years. These course lists can serve as a reference point for ensuring realistic placement of courses in specific terms on a program plan and for providing a reasonable estimate of what future departmental course offerings may include.
  • Course Foundations: The ECE Department faculty members have identified undergraduate courses offered at Drexel University that provide the foundational academic background for departmental entry-level graduate courses. This information can help students determine the background that is suggested by the instructors for each of these courses and whether additional preparation may be necessary to take a particular course that a student is planning to take.
  • Course Groupings: The ECE Department has created a number of graduate course groupings to help guide the program planning process. These course groupings have been constructed in order to provide in depth coverage of a single topic or a set of closely related topics or to present a substantive overview of a subfield within the domain of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Student-Initiated Courses: The ECE Department offers a number of opportunities for graduate students to engage in study that is beyond the scope of the normal departmental graduate course offerings. Generally, these opportunities can be classified in three general categories: supervised study, MS research-intensive courses and PhD research-intensive courses. Explanations of each of these categories along with registration information for courses in each of these categories can be found on this page.
  • Transfer Credit: This page provides information about the policies and procedures governing transfer credit evaluation. Students should consult the curricular requirements for their chosen degree program for additional information about how transfer credits are incorporated into the overall structure of the degree.

Other Useful Resources

The remaining pages linked to in the left-hand sidebar provide access to other information that students pursuing a departmental graduate degree may find useful during their tenure in the department. These are explained below.

  • Forms: This page provides links to both departmental forms and commonly used forms from other university offices. Contextual information about appropriate use and submission timing of these forms can be found in other pages in the graduate programs section of the ECE Department website.
  • Advising: This page contains information about the academic advising structure within the ECE Department, including the contact information, office hours, and appointment scheduling process for the departmental graduate advisors.
  • FAQ: This page provides answers to questions often asked by students pursuing a departmental graduate degree.