Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently asked questions about the graduate program in
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- How do I apply? Where do I submit my
Students apply for admission to graduate study at Mississippi State University
online at the Office of the Graduate School
Since the Office of the Graduate School handles all application materials,
send all materials to the Office of the Graduate School; do not send
any materials directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
or to the Bagley College of Engineering.
Contact the Office of the Graduate School for questions regarding
the application for admission process or what materials are required
to be submitted with an admission application.
- I have an undergraduate degree in
Engineering Technology degree - will I be admitted?
Generally speaking, an Engineering Technology degree does not constitute
sufficient background for our graduate programs in either
Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.
While an Engineering Technology degree does not necessarily
preclude admission to our program, it does typically entail significant
challenges to the completion of the degree. Should admission be granted,
a rather significant portion of our undergraduate core curriculum
will be required
as prerequisites before the graduate degree will be granted. Such
undergraduate courses will typically delay the obtaining
of the graduate degree by at least two years, and they will
not count as graduate credit.
- Can you give me a preliminary assessment of my credentials?
Since we receive
applications from all over the world, it is difficult to assess the
chances of admission and/or financial support with having a full formal
application package, including transcripts, GRE scores, reference
As a consequence,
we do not make any evaluations until all
of the application materials (including the application fee)
have been submitted formally to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Can the application fee be waived?
Neither the university nor the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will waive the application fee.
- Do I have to take the GRE?
Satisfactory performance on the GRE is required
for students with an undergraduate
degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited.
This would include almost all institutions outside of the
- What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?
There is no minimum score required for admission,
but obviously a low score can impact your chances of being admitted.
Many of our graduate students score 700 or higher on
Quantitative portion of the exam.
- My application was rejected - will you tell
In general, we do not provide detailed reasons for rejection decisions.
We receive applications from all over the world, and we
consider a variety of aspects of each application before making a
decision. We look at course grades as reported on transcripts;
standardized test scores (e.g., TOEFL and GRE); recommendation letters;
personal statements; and other components of the application package as
appropriate. Although we have published minimums for some quantities
(i.e., a minimum TOEFL score of 550, a minimum GPA of 3.0 for MS
admission, etc.), we do reject some applications with scores above such
thresholds. In these cases, the application, considered as a whole, is
simply judged to not be competitive with those from higher ranking
- How do I apply for financial aid?
In terms of financial aid, we do not have formal deadlines nor an
application process for financial aid. The department awards teaching
assistantships (TAs) based on the needs for the classes we are teaching,
matching students with appropriate backgrounds to particular classes.
all incoming students for TA funding; however,
please be aware that priority for TA positions naturally goes
to doctoral students.
Research assistantships (RAs) are decided by individual faculty members
based on their availability of research funding. Most faculty like to
observe a student in class for one or more semesters before making an RA
offer, although some may extend an offer to exceptionally qualified
students before their arrival on campus. In either case, you will need
to contact professors in your area research directly about potential