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Requirements & Curriculum

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Requirements for the Master of Science Degree
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be earned in residence at Clarkson.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better. At least 12 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis and two credit hours of seminar.
  • A thesis must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty members. Exceptions may be granted to outstanding students who decide to pursue Ph.D. work.
Requirements for the Master of Engineering Degree
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be earned in residence.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better, and 2 credit hours of seminar. At least 12 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • Submission and presentation of a design project, worth up to 7 credit hours.
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree
  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (beyond B.S.) corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, two of which must be in residence at Clarkson. A master's degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar work.
  • Minimum coursework: 39 credit hours total, 9 credit hours in a minor field, 6 credit hours outside the department, and 9 credit hours taken in residence at Clarkson. At least 21 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one committee member being from outside the department of the thesis advisor.