Students interested in pursuing an ECE major must apply to the program in order to take upper division courses within the department. Applications are available at the ECE office. Accepted students will be informed via e-mail and must reply to inform the department whether or not they accept their enrollment.
Deadlines for applying to an undergraduate degree program:
- Fall Deadline - April 15
- Winter Deadline - August 15
Graduate students at PSU apply to both PSU Admissions and the ECE Department. The ECE Department uses an online application. About two weeks after your online application is submitted, you'll receive an email from the ECE Department letting you know if your application is complete, and if so, an approximate processing time.
The following items are required with the online application. Please have this ready before beginning the online application process:
- Email contact information for three references
- Scanned copy of transcripts for all post-secondary courses taken, ready for upload
GRE scores are required for applicants to the Ph.D. and the M.S. programs. All GRE scores must be reported to Institution Code 4610, Department Code 1201 or 1203. The GRE is waived for M.S. students who graduated with a B.S. in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET-Accredited institution.
Students are informed of admission decisions via email. If the department recommends admission, that recommendation is sent to PSU Admissions for formal admission processing, including I-20 processing if needed.
Deadlines for applying to the graduate program:
- August 15, 2014 for Winter 2015 quarter
- February 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 quarter
Applications that are not complete by the deadline, including GRE and letters of recommendation, will not be considered. Admissions are selective.
The Graduate Coordinator tries to answer all questions and inquiries within one business day. If you haven't heard back in a day or so, please be patient and don't send multiple emails. Please send one inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending the same message to several email addresses slows down processing.
Frequently-Asked Questions for Graduate Applications
What is your GRE score cutoff?
Because all applicants are unique, we have no specific cutoff or minimum. It depends on your other qualifications.
What is your TOEFL/IELTS score cutoff? (International students)
We adhere to PSU standards. If your English language score is not passing, we will contact you to ask you whether you are willing to be considered for conditional admission. Remember, English language scores are taken into consideration when the Graduate Director makes admission decisions.
What's the GPA requirement?
By PSU standards, all incoming students must have a 2.5 GPA for conditional admission and a 2.75 GPA for regular admission. We normally expect students to have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. If you do not, please contact Eliza Conlin (email@example.com) with questions.
If a student has earned nine graduate credits or more, a 3.0 graduate GPA is required. The graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA in that case.
Please report your GPA using the system used by your university (i.e., GPA, percentage, 10-point scale, etc.).
What's the deadline?
The Winter 2015 deadline for completed applications will be August 15, 2014. Applications that are not complete by the deadline, including GRE and letters of recommendation, will not be considered. We strongly encourage beginning your application early.
It takes time to process applications, and in the interest of fairness, we cannot rush processing for any individuals.
Can you accept my application for Fall 2014, even though it's after the deadline?
Unfortunately, we cannot. If you are a local student who wishes to start your program in Fall 2014, please discuss your options with Dr. Hall.
Do you accept applications for Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer?
PSU works on a quarter system. Fall normally starts in late September, Winter starts in January, Spring starts in March, and Summer starts in June.
Students should apply for Fall or Winter. It's more difficult for students to find appropriate courses when starting in Spring and Summer. The ECE Department will generally not admit students for Spring and Summer quarters, so please contact the Graduate Coordinator with questions.
Ph.D. applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for Fall.
Will I be admitted with my profile?
We cannot predict whether you would be admitted.
What's my application status?
You will receive an update on your application whenever we have one for you. If you haven't heard from us, you can assume that your application status is the same as the last time you were contacted.
Do not email or call to request an update on your application status.
How can I check my application status online?
You can check your letters of recommendation online. Otherwise, your application status is updated via email.
Have you recieved my GRE/TOEFL score?
It takes about two weeks for scores to arrive after being reported. Please plan to report your scores with plenty of time to arrive before the deadline.
We will confirm the completeness of your application when it is processed. We cannot confirm receipt of scores before that time. Please plan to apply early.
How do I apply for financial aid?
There are several forms of financial aid.
For information on financial aid for domestic students, please contact PSU's Financial Aid office.
Scholarships are available for international and domestic students.
When will I get my I-20?
International Admissions will process the I-20 for international students after admission. The ECE Department has no involvement in the I-20 processing, so please direct any questions regarding this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get my PSU ID number?
Your PSU ID number will be provided by PSU Admissions after you apply and pay the application fee. For questions, please contact email@example.com. If you need the number right away, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name (specify first and last name as given in the application) and date of birth.
What do I need to mail to the ECE Department?
Nothing! The application for ECE is all done online. When you apply to PSU through the Admissions Office, they do need official documents. Do not mail materials for the ECE application to PSU Admissions or any other office.
If you need to submit GRE scores, they should be submitted directly through ETS to University Code 4610, Department Code 1201 or 1203.
How can I submit my resume or SOP?
We do not review non-required items for MS students. Please do not send or submit them.
Is my file complete? The deadline is coming up!
Please be patient and wait to be updated. We want your application to be complete before the deadline, so we must work in the most efficient way possible.