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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University!

Our admission requirements and program details can be found in our Graduate Student Handbook.  You can find a list of our faculty and research interests on our faculty webpage.  It is highly recommended that you contact faculty members you are interested in working with before starting your application process.

We have a Graduate Admission Committee who will make the final admission decision.  The Admissions Committee looks at several different components for admission, including 3 Letters of Recommendation, a Statement of Purpose, GRE scores and all transcripts.  GRE is mandatory for admission to our program, however there is no set score students have to achieve.  Please note that we do not provide unofficial evaluations of an applicant’s academic history, including transcripts, GPA, and test scores.  The only evaluations will occur once an applicant has officially applied and submitted all of their materials.

The WSU Graduate School requires the TOEFL for international student admission.  The minimum score for our department is 580 or 93 on the TOEFL; we accept IELTS at level 7.

Additional information about the Graduate School at WSU

Cost, Tuition, and Finances

International application requirements

Our priority deadline for fall semesters is January 10th and the deadline for spring semesters is July 1st. If you are planning to apply for a semester after the priority deadline has passed, we highly recommend you contact us to make sure we are still planning to review new applications.

If you feel that WSU is the right fit for you, you can  link to our application page.  Any admission materials that are not submitted via the online application can be sent to the Graduate School Office at:

PO Box 641030, 324 French Administration Bldg., Pullman, WA  99164-1030

All students who apply for the program are considered for financial support as a research or teaching assistant, however, not all students admitted are granted such support.  If you were offered support, it would include a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours/week of work.  Please note that funding is not guaranteed for your entire degree, support is determined each semester based on student performance and funding availability.  There are certain mandatory fees (approximately $1,000 per semester) that are not covered by the tuition waiver.  Information about tuition and cost of living (with or without an assistantship) can be found in the tuition and finances link above.

If you have further questions after viewing these sites email the Graduate School advisor, Jessica Cross.

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Master of Science

The degree of Master of Science is awarded to graduate students for demonstration of substantial scholarly achievement beyond the baccalaureate level. This achievement represents more than the mere accumulation of additional credit as the student is expected to demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the chosen discipline. The School of EECS offers MS programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options). The regulations below apply to the EE, CS and CE masters programs unless otherwise noted.

Admission

The School evaluates applicants for admission to the MS program based on college transcripts, GPA, the score on the general GRE, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and TOEFL score, if applicable.  Also, additional materials such as publications or research activity may be submitted.. The EECS Graduate Studies Committee will consider these materials and students judged most qualified will be offered admission. (Admission does not guarantee assistantship support.)  Please see this website for specific document submission information; http://gradschool.wsu.edu/FutureStudents/Apply.html

Specific Admission Requirements in Computer Science for students with non-BS/CS major:

Students whose undergraduate studies did not include material equivalent to that covered in the
following WSU courses will be asked to take course work to resolve that undergraduate
deficiency: Cpt S 121, 122, 223, 260, 317, 355, 360, 450; Phil 201 and Math 216. All of these
courses should be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the MS or PhD
Program in Computer Science. The admissions committee may require the student to correct
other undergraduate deficiencies as well, including undergraduate prerequisite courses to
graduate courses.

Specific Admission Requirements in Software Engineering for students with non-BS/CS and BS/SE major:

Students whose undergraduate studies did not include material equivalent to that covered in the
following WSU courses will be asked to take course work to resolve that undergraduate
deficiency: CptS 121, 122, 223, 260, 317, 355, 360, 450; Phil 201 and Math 216. All of these
courses should be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the MS
Program in Software Engineering. The admissions committee may require the student to correct
other undergraduate deficiencies as well, including undergraduate prerequisite courses to
graduate courses.

Students are expected to have passed an equivalent of an introductory course in Software Engineering (Cpt S 322) and possess practical experience in software engineering or software development.

Specific Admission Requirements in Electrical Engineering for students with non-BS/EE major

Students whose undergraduate studies did not include material equivalent to that covered in the
following WSU courses will be asked to take course work to resolve that undergraduate
deficiency: EE 214, 261, 311, 234, 321, 331, 352, 489 and any two of 341, 351, 361 or CptS
360. All or most of these courses should be completed before the student is eligible for admission
to the MS or Ph.D. Program in EE. In addition, the committee may require the student to
complete other undergraduate deficiencies including courses that are prerequisite to graduate
courses.

Specific Admission Requirements in Computer Engineering for students with non-BS/CE major

Students whose undergraduate studies did not include material equivalent to that covered in the
following WSU courses will be asked to take course work to resolve that undergraduate
deficiency: CptS 121, 122, and 360; EE 214, 234, 324, and 334; Math 216. All or most of these
courses should be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the MS Program in
CE. In addition, the committee may require the student to complete other undergraduate
deficiencies including courses that are prerequisite to graduate courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

The university requirements for doctoral programs are specified in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with this information. The policies and procedures unique to the PhD programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are listed below.

Admission

The School evaluates applicants for admission to the PhD program based on college transcripts, GPA, the score on the general GRE, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and TOEFL score, if applicable.  Also, additional materials such as publications or research activity may be submitted. The EECS Graduate Studies Committee will consider these materials and students judged most qualified will be offered admission. (Admission does not guarantee assistantship support.)

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Test Information

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Program

The TOEFL Test