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Prospective Graduate Student FAQ

 
The ECE Graduate Program
Financial Questions
General Admissions Application Questions
Required Tests
Letters of Recommendation
International Applicants

 


 
The ECE Graduate Program
  • Where can I find more information about the ECE faculty and their research areas?

The Department's research areas and faculty proifiles are detailed here. A comprehensive look at ongoing research activities may also be found on our research page.

  • Should I apply to the M.S. or PhD program?

Students interested in carrying out a major research project towards writing and defending a Ph.D. dissertation should apply for the Ph.D. program. For more information about the Ph.D. degree, please refer to the Ph.D. Degree Requirements in the ECE Graduate Handbook.

Students who are unsure whether they wish to carry out significant research work should apply for admission to the M.S. program, not to the Ph.D. program. For details about the M.S. degree, please refer to M.S. Degree Requirements in the ECE Graduate Handbook.

Students admitted to the M.S. program may later apply for admission to the Ph.D. program without necessarily first completing the requirements for the M.S. degree. Courses taken while in the M.S. program can generally be counted towards the Ph.D., whether or not the M.S. has been obtained. Students who apply to the M.S. program but have later aspirations for the Ph.D. should explicitly state so in the Statement of Purpose. Please note that most financial support is allocated to Ph.D. students.

  • If I am not accepted to the PhD program, will my application be considered for the M.S. program?

If the admissions committee determines that you would be more suited to the M.S. program, your application may be considered for admission to the M.S. program. If you wish, you may also include a note in your Statement of Purpose indicating that you would like to be considered for both programs.

  • I am currently a graduate student enrolled at another university. How can I transfer into the ECE graduate program?

There is not a separate process to transfer into the ECE graduate program. Instead, applicants must apply to the ECE program as outlined on our Graduate Admissions Page. After matriculation in the ECE graduate program, students may petition to transfer up to six graduate credits from a regionally accredited university as long as those credits are not part of a completed degree.

  • What is the difference between the Professional Masters of Engineering Program (PMEE) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering program (ENEE)?

Unlike the research-oriented ECE program, the Master of Engineering program is a professionally-oriented, part-time program designed to help working engineers gain the skills they need to advance in the industry. For more information about the Master of Engineering program, please consult the Office of Advanced Engineering Education.

Financial Questions
  • What is the cost of tuition and fees?

Please refer to the website of the Office of the Bursar for information regarding tuition and fees.

  • What are the annual living expenses for graduate students?

The Office of International Services provides an estimated cost of living on their Certification of Finances form.

  • What kind of financial aid and scholarships are available for ECE graduate students?

Please refer to the Financial Aid section of the ECE Graduate Handbook for details about financial support and scholarships.

General Admissions Application Questions
  • How can I check the status of my application?

You may access your record by logging into your graduate application.  At this site you can determine the status of your application materials and view your decision letter (when available).

  • Where can I find my UID number?

You can find your UID in your ASF under “Verify Contact Information.” It is listed below your email address.

  • Can I edit my application after it has been submitted?

Please email ecegradstudies@ece.umd.edu to make this request. If possible, the ECE Graduate Studies Office will unsubmit your application so that you can make any necessary edits to your application. Remember to resubmit your application once you have completed your edits. If a formal review of your application by our admissions committee has commenced by the time you submit your request, application edits might not be possible.

  • If my test scores/transcripts/letters arrive after the deadline, will my application still be considered?

Your materials must arrive by the application deadline (February 1st for international applicants and May 1st for US citizens). Please plan ahead to complete your tests, send your scores, and submit all supplemental materials by the application deadline. If you are applying to be considered for financial aid, your application materials may still be considered if they arrive a little past the December 1 deadline, but there is no guarantee.

  • I have already submitted my transcripts/test scores. Why hasn't my application been updated?

It can take up to two weeks after we receive your materials for them to be processed and attached to your application. If your applicaton status has not been updated two weeks after we receive your application materials, please email us at ecegradstudies@umd.edu. Your materials may have been misplaced and may be easily located. Please do not send us another copy of your materials unless requested.

  • Can I mail my transcripts directly to the department? How long does it take for my transcripts to be entered into my application file?

Official, hard-copy transcripts are required by the Graduate School. These transcripts should not be sent to the department, but instead directly to the University's Enrollment Services Operations (ESO). ESO typically scans documents into an applicant's record within 4-7 business days after arriving to UMCP. ESO's address is:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Attn: Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
 

Required Tests
  • What is the University of Maryland institution code for submitting GRE and TOEFL scores? Which department code should I use?

The University of Maryland institution code is 5814. Use this code when submitting your GRE and TOEFL scores to the Graduate School. The department code is not important. Using the code for “Electrical Engineering” or “Other” is fine.

  • My test score will expire on XXX date. Do I need to retake it?

We will accept your test score if we receive it before it expires.

  • What is the minimum GRE requirement?

Our department does not have a minimum GRE score requirement. Our admissions committee will consider all aspects of your application.

  • What are the average GRE scores of admitted students?

We do not keep statistics on average test scores, but most applicants score high on the Quantitative section. Your Quantitative score is more important than your Verbal score.

  • What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements?  

The minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements are set by the Office of International Services and are available on the OIS website. Our admissions committee will take into consideration international applicants’ TOEFL and IELTS scores. If you do not meet the minimum requirement, you may still apply to our department.

  • Who is exempt from taking the TOEFL?

Students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS. For US citizens or permanent residents with foreign credentials, if your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the Anglophone countries and areas previously listed, you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Letters of Recommendation
  • How can I make changes to my recommenders?

You may make changes to your recommenders at any time until the recommendation process is complete. Log back into your graduate application and go to the ASF. In the "Letters of Recommendation" screen, you may add or remove a recommender. If you need to make changes to your recommender's email address, you should create a new recommendation request and enter the new email address.

  • How can I resend recommendation requests?

To resend recommendation requests, you should log into your graduate application and go to the ASF. In the "Letters of Recommendation" screen, click "resend" next to the name of the recommender who has not received the request. You may resend recommendation requests up to three times.

  • What should I do if one of my recommenders does not have an institutional email address?

Recommenders may use their personal email address if they do not have an institutional email address, but they should use official University letterhead when writing their recommendations.

  • Can my recommenders submit hard copy (paper) recommendation letters?

Yes, they can send recommendation letters to Enrollment Services Operations. However, we strongly recommend that they submit online letters in order to expedite completion of your application.

International Applicants
  • Is there a limit to how many international students are accepted in a given term?

No, we do not have a limit on how many international applicants are accepted for a given semester. Admission is granted competitively to top applicants, regardless of country of origin.

  • I am an international applicant; should I convert my GPA on a US scale?

No, please do not convert your GPA to the U.S. scale. Please refer to your original GPA in your application materials.

  • Do I have to send my Certification of Finances by the application deadline, or can I wait until after I am admitted?

You do not need to submit your Certificate of Finances by the application deadline in order for your application to be reviewed, but you will not be officially admitted by the Graduate School until your finances have been certified. To avoid delays, we strongly encourage early submission of your financial documents. For more information, please see the website of the Office of International Services.

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