Transferring into ECE

Transferring into ECE

Transferring into Rowan ECE

Electrical and Computer Engineering program at Rowan ECE receives many applications each semester for transferring into our program. The admission criteria are essentially the same for all transfer applicants, regardless whether the applicant is a current student or a graduate of a community college or another four-year program, or even for current Rowan students wishing to change their major from a different program into ECE. 

If you are considering transferring into ECE, please follow these steps:

1. Do I meet the required criteria for transfer admission into ECE?

We expect transfer applicants to Rowan ECE to have completed (or be in progress) the following courses (or their equivalent) at their institution(s) at time of application:

  • ENGL 01.111 College Composition I
  • MATH 01.130 Calculus I
  • MATH 01.131 Calculus II
  • PHYS 00.220 Introductory Mechanics (also called Physics I, Calculus-based at some institutions)
  • PHYS 00.222 Intro to Electricity and Magnetism (also called Physics II, Calculus-based at some institutions)
  • CS 04.103 Computer Science and Programming (CS&P)

If you hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher cumulatively as well as in the above-listed required courses, your admission into Rowan ECE is automatic. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration, and acceptances will be based on level of academic performance as well as seat availability. All courses to be transferred must be approved as equivalent to Rowan University courses. Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable for transfer. Students transferring courses from other NJ two‐year or four‐year institutions may refer to the NJ Transfer website ( to compare course equivalencies.

If you are transferring from another program at Rowan, then all courses appearing on your Rowan transcript - whether earned at Rowan or successfully transferred to Rowan from another institution - are, of course, Rowan courses and hence eligible for transferring them into your ECE program of study. 

If you are transferring from a community college, you may apply as soon as you meet the above course and GPA requirements. Completing an AS or AA degree is not required.

Any exceptions to these requirements are handled on a case-by-case basis, and must be approved by the Dean's Office.

If you meet these requirements, then determine...

2. Is Rowan ECE the right program for me?

Our program is a combined electrical and computer engineering program. This is actually relatively rare, as most Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments in the U.S. offer either an electrical engineering and/or a separate computer engineering program. The Rowan ECE program is also very heavily project-based with most classes having integrated lab components. Furthermore, all engineering programs at Rowan include an innovative curricular component, called Engineering Clinics, which are design courses that are distributed over four years. In particular, Junior and Senior Engineering Clinics feature projects that require you to tackle unsolved real-world problems that are typically brought to us and sponsored by our industrial partners or government research agencies. These projects have real milestones, real deliverables, and real consequences (and many lead to internships or job offers).

To determine whether Rowan ECE is the right program for you, we recommend that you first explore our program through these web pages, paying particular attention to ECE Undergraduate Program and Curriculum. Then, come and visit us so that you can see our labs, meet existing students and ask any questions you may have.

3. OK, I am convinced, this is the right program for me, how do I apply?

If you are an external candidate, wishing to transfer into Rowan ECE from another institution, please check the information at Transfer Guidelines for External Applicants, and then visit the Transfer Applications main page, where you will find all the information needed to submit your application. Note again, if you are transferring from a community college, you may apply as soon as you meet the course and GPA requirements listed in Step 1. Completing an AS or AA degree is not required to transfer into Rowan ECE.

Transfer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If your application is received in time, typically a few months before the start of the next semester, it will be considered for that following semester. 

If you are an internal candidate, wishing to transfer into ECE from another program at Rowan, you are in fact changing your major. Please see Change of Major Guidelines for Internal Applicants first and then fill out the Change of Major Form to apply. Note that the deadlines for change of major applications are November 1 for Spring admission; and April 1 for Fall admission. Applications for changing majors are not accepted after these deadlines.

4. I am admitted, now what?

Congratulations! If you are admitted, you now know which classes you have previously taken have transferred to Rowan. Note that not all courses or credits that might have transferred into Rowan necessarily count towards ECE degree requirements. To determine which ones do, and to plan your program of study, you should contact an advisor. The transfer advisor for ECE is Dr. Linda Head, who can be contacted at

Before you do so, it would be most beneficial to carefully study the ECE Undergraduate Program and Curriculum one more time. In particular, look at the semester-by-semester list of courses at the ECE Curriculum Table, as well as the ECE Curriculum Flowchart, which shows the prerequisite relationship of various courses. Note that not all courses are offered every semester. Typically, the courses listed for Fall semester (for example, Signals and Systems, Embedded Design, VLSI Design) are offered in Fall, and those listed for Spring semester are offered in Spring (for example Systems and Control, Digital Signal Processing).

In order to help transfer students get on track as soon as possible, we do offer all four of our freshman and sophomore level required in-major ECE courses (see table below) during summer sessions as online classes. 


Course Number Course Name Prerequisite(s) Normally Taught During
ECE 09.203 Principles of Electric Circuit Analysis

MATH 01.131 Calculus II

CS 04.103 CS&P


ECE 09.241 Introduction to Digital Systems None Fall
ECE 09.243 Computer Architecture ECE 09.241 Introduction to Digital Systems Spring
ECE 09.311 Electronics I ECE 09.203 Principles of Electric Circuit Analysis Spring


You may want to consider taking these classes the summer before you start at Rowan (or even earlier, if you wish, as soon as you have the prerequisites listed above in the table). 

Note that - due to the prerequisites structure - you can really take either (ECE 09.203 and ECE 09.241), *OR* (ECE 09.243 and ECE 09.311) in any given summer semester. Of course, in addition to the summer, you can take these classes at the regular semesters in which they are offered: ECE 09.203 and ECE 09.241 are offered in Fall; ECE 09.243 and ECE 09.311 are offered in Spring.



You should also visit the Advising section of our webpage, where you will find additional information, such as Ensuring Academic Success  Wiki Portal and FAQs for answers to most common general advising questions, or more specific ECE Frequently Asked Questions. You will also find guidelines for general education requirements, as well as other services and resources available to you.