Frequently Asked Questions for prospective students and new applicants
You're expected to have questions – and we like questions here so ask away. To make it easier for you, we have created this FAQ section for students interested in our graduate programs in electrical and computer engineering. Feel free to browse through them, and if you don't find the answer to your question, contact us.
- Where can I find course information if I don't have a log-in yet?
- How do I apply for an assistantship, scholarship or internship?
- How do I get my password to log in and pay my application fee?
- What is the I20 process for a recently accepted international student?
- What job opportunities will be available after graduation?
- What percentage of your students are international students? Are there any Chinese students?
- What are your research fields?
- Do you have Power and Energy Systems research field in the ECE department?
- How does Binghatmon University rank and what is the ethnic diversity?
- When does the fall application process start?
- When are the deadlines for fall and spring applications?
- How do I work with "My Credentials Vault" in Interfolio?
- How do I have my confidential documents uploaded to a web page in Interfolio?
- What is Interfolio's contact information (My Credentials Vault)?
- Can I send my letters of recommendation in hard copy form?
- What do I have to do before a decision can be made on my application?
- I am a Binghamton University student. Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?
- What should a former Binghamton University student do to apply to the Graduate School?
- I submitted an application for the Graduate School. How long until I will be able to pay my application fee?
- Is graduate admission ultimately decided by the Graduate School or by the department? And do I need to send one package of application materials to the grad school and another to the department separately when I apply?
- Do you consider the reputation of applicant's undergraduate university? Is it important?
- What kind of applicant background is competitive? High test scores, research experiences or something else?
- What are the application deadlines for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department?
- Is there a list of links that can help me in my application process including the graduate handbooks?
- How do I submit letters of recommendation?
- How do I submit my application fee?
- I paid my application fee but the status checker doesn't show it has been received. What should I do?
- How do I submit non-electronic documents to my Vault?
- Can an MS student be a Research Assistant?
- How do I apply for a Teaching Assistant position?
- Where can I look for funding as a master's student or PhD student?
- Are teaching assistantships available for MS students?
- What are the approximate tuition, fees, and living expenses?
- What financial information will be needed for an international student before an I20 can be processed?
- What is the difference between the MS program and the MEng program?
- I'd like to apply to a computer engineering program, but I cannot find such a program in your department.
- What are the specializations offered within Computer Engineering?
- I am still a senior undergraduate student. Can I apply for the PhD program along an MS/PhD track... or should I apply for the MS program instead?
- I would like to work toward my PhD as a part-time student. Are there a minimum number of credits I need to take?
- If I apply to the PhD program and am denied, can I be considered for the MS program?
- I am an Accelerated Senior. What 500 level courses should I take? Is there a guideline?
Examination Requirements (TOEFL, GRE, IELTS, GPA, etc.)
- What is the Binghamton University code?
- What are the exam requirements for international students?
- What is an acceptable GRE, TOEFL, IELTS or ESL score?
- I'm an international student, but I will be receiving an undergraduate degree from an ABET accredited U.S. school. Am I required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores?
- I am a US citizen and I graduated from an ABET accredited school. Do I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS or GRE scores?
- I am a Binghamton University student. Do I need to submit GRE and TOEFL scores?
- What proportion of the TOEFL and GRE scores do you take into consideration during the admission process. Are they decisive?
- Is GPA a decisive factor? Will you consider an applicant whose GPA is low?
- Is a baccalaureate student with a GPA above 3.7 eligible for direct admission to ECE's PhD program?
- Should I take an ESL course?
- How do I contact ETS?
- After completing the online application, can I update my TOEFL score if I take it again, and when is the deadline to update the score?
- I am a SUNY IT student who would like to apply as a matriculated graduate Student. Are GRE and TOEFL scores waived?
Current Student FAQs
The Coordinator of Graduate Programs can be found in the Engineering Building (H11).
Job opportunities depend heavily on many external factors (e.g., the economy, the particular area of specialization, the student's job search skills, etc.) so it is hard to give precise information on this. Graduates from our master's and PhD programs have been successful getting job offers from both large and small employers throughout the U.S. For additional information, consider conducting an Internet search or contacting the ECE Program's Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Mark Fowler.
Roughly 60 percent are international students. And yes, we have many students from China.
Course information can be found by going to registrar.binghamton.edu, click "Schedule of Classes" at the top of the page. Choose the semester on the drop-down menu. On the next drop-down menu choose "EECE." Click submit at the bottom of the page.
Please click here for information regarding full-time status.
When a student is course complete as a master’s student and therefore only needs to register for 1 credit (of thesis or project), he/she needs to complete a Full-time Certification form for students not receiving funding.
The full-time certification forms can be downloaded here; choose the correct form for funded or non-funded. You must be registered for qualifying classes before you can be certified.
As an international student you are required to be full-time. As a PHD student, 9 credits is considered full-time. If you have completed all coursework, you may register for one credit per the policy above, and be certified full-time for the balance.
Note: If you are beginning your first year of PHD study it is unlikely you have met all course requirements and can be certified full-time per the policies found at the 1st link. If you aren’t registered for a qualifying course as noted in the procedures you cannot be certified full-time
We begin looking at fall applications in November of the preceding year. Deadline for funding consideration is January 15.
The deadline for fall applications is January 15 to be considered for funding. The deadline for spring applications is October 15 to be considered for funding. If you would like to apply and do not need to be considered for funding, you may apply closer to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student, the time frame for you to get your visa and travel documents in order may be a concern for you. For your best interest, please begin your preparation as soon as possible. Click here for more details.
Both current students and former Binghamton University students are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation for graduate applications.
Please click here for guidelines that current, former, and accelerated Binghamton University students should follow when they apply to the Graduate School.
Former Binghamton University students should fill out the online application and pay
the application fee. Please click here for guidelines that current, former and accelerated Binghamton University students should follow
when they apply to the Graduate School.
Check your e-mail for a receipt of your Binghamton ID# (B#) and Binghamton University Computer Accounts User ID. This e-mail will be sent within two business days of submitting your online degree application, to the e-mail address used on your application. Your user ID is required to pay your online application fee and check your application decision status. If you do not receive an e-mail within two days, please be patient. This is done manually and could take slightly longer during heavy submission times.
Is graduate admission ultimately decided by the Graduate School or by the department? And do I need to send one package of application materials to the grad school and another to the department separately when I apply?
The department decides. You should send only one package directly to the Graduate School, which will organize the application materials and send them to us.
Yes, it is important and we consider the reputation of an applicant's undergraduate university.
It is difficult to isolate a single factor; they are all important.
We have no record of your application fee payment. If the payment was made online, you should have received a web confirmation of a successful online payment. If you still have this confirmation please forward it to us so that we may research and credit your payment. If you no longer have the confirmation, the payment should be reflected as a debit on your credit card statement. Please send us a copy of your credit card statement showing the application fee debited so that we may research and credit your payment. If you paid by check, please scan the front and back of the check and e-mail it to the Graduate School. Online payments are completely system-processed. It may take a few days to update, but if your payment doesn't show that it has been received, please contact the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org to resolve this.
Each processor handles the hiring decisions for Research Assistants so students must be a professor in his or her area of interest and contact them. When the application is reviewed, the Graduate Director refers professors to quality applicants. However, while professors typically look for PhD students, MS students that exhibit exceptional talent are also funded.
Financial InformationUsually the TA positions are given to PhD students. When Research Assistantships are available, they are usually offered to applicants after they become students and after they show a driving interest in a specific area and also show an excellent work ethic. Other funding options are available.
The total costs for your graduate studies can vary depending on the number of credits you will be taking and your living expenses. The Graduate School's web site lists tuition and fee rates (based on the Student Funding Survey published by Graduate School).
Financial paper work will need to be submitted. Please see the International Student Financial Statement here. Complete the form as required, attach the necessary documentation supporting proof of the funds. The completed form and bank documents should be uploaded to your credentials vault. This needs to be complete before ISSS can begin processing an I-20.
Our program name is currently Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering as a specialization within that. We have courses and research in computer engineering but we do not have a separate PhD degree NAMED that.
You can apply for the PhD program directly and earn the MS as you progress.
Yes. If you apply as a PhD applicant but you are denied, you can request to be reviewed for the MS program. If you know, in advance, that you are interested in being reviewed as an MS applicant (in the event you are denied) when you apply for the PhD program, please e-mail the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as soon as you send your packet to “My Credential Vault”.
The requirements you need to meet for the MS degree are spelled out in the ECE Graduate Handbook located here. Your regular academic advisor can help your during your advising session as well. It is important for you to be aware that Accelerated (4+1) students can take up to 3 500-level courses during their senior year and have them double counted, so it is recommended that students choose these in order to fill their various requirements for the MS degree (refer to the handbook).
Examination Requirements (TOEFL, GRE, IELTS, GPA, etc.)
The code to give to your testing center for your scores to be sent to Binghamton University is 2535.
ECE exam requirements consider a variety of aspects such as course grades and/or strong research experience.
The TOEFL/IELTS score is not required if you have received a degree from a U.S. institution or if you have received a degree from an institution in a country whose native language is English.
No, if you have graduated from an ABET accredited school, your examination requirements
will be waived.
No, Binghamton University students do not need to submit GRE or TOEFL scores. All scores will be waived. The screens will show to the Graduate School and the student that the scores have been waived after the decision is made. Binghamton University students should e-mail the department secretary when the application fee has been paid. At that time the department will be able to see the electronic application and note the screen for the Graduate Committee to see as the application is reviewed.