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Admission Requirements

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering bases its admissions decisions on several factors:

  • A bachelor of science degree in electrical or computer engineering or related fields is required for admission.

  • For the master’s program, an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required.

  • The average GPA for admitted students is 3.55 on a 4.0 scale.

  •  The GPA from all completed undergraduate and graduate work are used for the admission review.

  • There are two tracks to pursue the PhD: BS to PhD, or MS to PhD. Please refer to the ECE Graduate Handbook for details.

  • The quality of the school(s) where the applicant has studied, grades in technical courses (vs. nontechnical courses) and the applicant’s recommendation letters are considered.

  • GRE scores: The following students must submit GRE scores: students who graduate from schools outside the U.S., students who have graduated from a U.S. school with a GPA below a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, MS applicants with non-engineering baccalaureate degrees and, ALL STUDENTS who seek University Fellowships must have an official report of GRE scores sent to the OSU graduate admissions office.

    Note that the GRE Writing scores are required for fellowship consideration, so older exams that did not have a writing component cannot be used. Also, if GRE and/or TOEFL scores are required, they must be received directly from ETS (Educational Testing Services) prior to the Graduate Studies Committee review. Self reported GRE and TOEFL scores are not accepted.

  • The TOEFL score in English comprehension is required for students who graduate from schools outside the U.S. Internet based test (IBT) preferred score is 92, computer based test (CBT) preferred score is 237 and paper based test (PBT) preferred score is 580.