Applications & Admissions

Applications & Admissions

Applying to Graduate Programs in ECE

For the latest information, admission requirements and to apply online please visit either the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program Application Portal or the Ph.D. in Engineering: Electrical and Computer Engineering program Application Portal.

The application deadlines are as follows:

To start your program in Summer, apply by April 1 of that year
To start your program in Fall, apply by July 1 of that year
To start your program in Spring, apply by November 1 of the previous calendar year


Minimum academic requirements for admission to either the MS or the Ph.D. Program includes:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related area from an accredited institution of higher education. Official transcripts are required.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)or better; or a minimum of 3.2 in-major GPA, or be in the upper 10% of graduating class.
  • Completion of foundation courses:
    • Physics I
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Calculus II
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential Equations
    • At least one of the following:
      • Physics II
      • Chemistry I
      • Probability & Statistics
  • Two letters of recommendation (three for the Ph.D. program) describing your ability to undertake rigorous graduate-level work.
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume - Students applying to the Ph.D. program should also be able to show sufficient demonstration of independent research skills (advanced course projects, papers, presentations, thesis, etc.).
  • For international students:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a level of 6.0. or
    • a minimum TOEFL score of 70 (higher is strongly preferred) on the internet based test (IBT). Corresponding scores for the paper and computer-based tests are: 525 (PBT), 213 (CBT).
    • International students who have received their undergraduate degree from English-speaking countries may be exempt from TOEFL requirement.
  • An admission committee member may also require an interview (in person, over the phone, or over the Internet, as appropriate and feasible).
  • For additional information specifically for international students, please see the International Center; and to apply, please visit International Admissions.

A GRE exam is NOT required, but encouraged; GRE scores will be used in evaluating the applicant should the applicant choose to provide these scores. Students are particularly encouraged to submit GRE scores if they believe their academic background is stronger than what is implied by their GPA. Applicants for the Ph.D. program are also encouraged to submit GRE scores.

Any Rowan student who completes his / her B.S. degree in Engineering with a GPA of 3.5 or higher; or completes his / her M.S. in thesis/research track with a GPA of 3.3 or higher will automatically qualify for the Ph.D. program.