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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Admissions Process

Q: Is it mandatory to have a master’s degree when applying to the Ph.D. program?
A: No, but applicants must have either a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a bachelor's in some other discipline and a master's in Electrical Engineering.

Q: How do I apply to one of the graduate programs within the Electrical Engineering Department?
A: For step-by-step admission application instructions, please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services.  Admissions Information/Enrollment Services

Q: How do I obtain an application form?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services for an online application. Admissions Information/Enrollment Services

Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services for domestic and international application deadlines.Admissions Information/Enrollment Services

Q: Are the application deadlines different for F1 and J1 visas?
A: Deadlines are implemented and set by the university to allow adequate time to obtain a visa and other required documents.  The deadline dates are the same. Admissions Information/Enrollment Services  

Q: What are the graduate application requirements?
A: Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services to view the complete list of requirements.Admissions Information/Enrollment Services

Q: Can I submit my resume with the application?
A: You may. However, a resume is not one of the required documents for admission. .

Q: What are the institution, GRE and TOEFL codes?
A: UTD 6897

Q: What are GRE score guidelines for the graduate programs within the Electrical Engineering Department?
A: GRE® revised General Test (tests taken on or after August 1, 2011)

Measure

Scores Reported

Verbal Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0–6, in half point increments

GRE® General Test (tests taken prior to August 1, 2011)

Measure

Scores Reported*

Verbal Reasoning

200–800, in 10-point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

200–800, in 10-point increments

Analytical Writing

0–6, in half-point increments

Q:: What are the TOEFL score requirements and UTD Code for reporting score?
A: TOEFL examination scores – INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Q: What is the UTD Code for reporting TOEFL scores?
A: UTD 6897

Q: Where should I mail my application materials?
A:For International and Domestic Applicants:  

Office of Admission & Enrollment Services
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Q: One of my professors is out of town/vacation, and will be late in sending reference letter (s); will this delay an admission decision?
A: Your file must be complete before forwarding to the committee for an admission decision.  Your professor can send a reference letter with your name or last 4 digits of your UTD ID number directly to an EE dept. contact via email attachment MSEE

Q: What are my chances of getting into the program?
A: The EE graduate admission dept. is not at liberty to make a determination on admission to UTD before going through the admissions process; meeting the minimum requirements described in the UTD Graduate Catalog.

Q: How long does it take for an admissions decision?
A:The length of time for an admissions decision to be made varies a great deal depending on the time of year when your file is completed. You should allow up to six weeks for processing of application materials.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing the master’s degree?
A: All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within one six-year period, including transfer credit.  UTD Graduate Catalog 

Q: Is there a time limit for completing the Ph.D. program?
A: All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within one ten-year period. Students whose master’s degrees are accepted for full credit toward a Ph.D. must complete all requirements for the doctoral degree within one eight-year period. UTD Graduate Catalog

Q: As a current UTD student, how do I change to a different graduate program within the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering or from any UTD academic program?
A: Admission to one program does not automatically transfer admission to another program.  You must submit a new application for that particular program as well as a new narrative and letters.  Transcripts, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores should be on file and are not necessary to re-submit. 

Q: I have not completed my undergraduate studies. I do not have the final transcript. When am I required to submit the final transcript?
A:You must submit all transcripts to Office of Admission and Enrollment Services   Please send all queries concerning receipt of official documents [transcripts & test scores] directly to Office of Admission and Enrollment Services  The Office of Enrollment Services. Admissions Information/Enrollment Services

Q: I had trouble uploading documents during the application process.
A: Rectifying errors during the application process and accessing the system for recommendation letter request should be directed to Enrollment Services Dept.  The Office of Admission and Enrollment Services

Q: How do I check on my application status?
A:By visiting the following link application status.

Q: If I am unable to attend UTD after receiving admission, how do I defer for another semester?
A: By completing a deferment form Deferment of Admission Form.  Complete, sign, and returned to the EE admissions dept.

 

 

Tuition Costs

Q: What are the tuition and fee costs for graduate school?
A: Please visit the Bursar Office to view the tuition and fees schedule.

 

 

Newly Admitted Students

Q: How do I transfer graduate course credit to UTD?
A: You must first be admitted to one of the EE graduate programs as a degree-seeking student.  Please refer to:  Graduate Degree Programs and Policies

Q: What are the prerequisite courses listed in my admissions letter?
A: Students’ files are carefully reviewed for admission, and all deficiencies are noted for all tracks of study. Students are responsible for completing only those prerequisites listed on the track of study that they choose as a condition of their admittance to their graduate program. 

Q: How would I apply for waivers of prerequisite courses?
A: Students who wish to apply for waivers should pick up the waiver form from the Graduate Electrical Engineering Office. A waiver is appropriate if you have studied the material in some other course(s) and have received a grade of B or higher. During the transfer/waiver process, students should provide copies of their official transcripts showing grades earned and course descriptions.

Q: I’m a newly admitted international student. When will I receive my I-20?
A: The UTD International Student Services Office (ISSO) will work with you to issue your I-20 and answer your immigration-related questions. Please visit the ISSO New Student Procedures page for step-by-step instructions.  International Student Services.

Q: Will my I-20 be sent with my admissions letter?
A: You will not receive your I-20 with your official letter of acceptance. International Student Services

Q: Where can I view a complete list of graduate courses in Electrical Engineering?
A: Please visit the UTD Graduate Catalog.

Q: I have been admitted to one of the EE graduate programs. How many classes should I take during my first semester?

A: Most full-time EE/CE/TE graduate students take nine credit hours per semester, which is equal to three classes, although some students take 12 credit hours (four classes). Taking one or two core courses with one or two electives is advisable. Taking three core courses in one semester is not allowed. Before you register for classes, you will meet with a graduate a graduate adviser to determine your track of study and to discuss the courses you should take. For a complete list of graduate courses in graduate engineering, please see the UTD Graduate Catalog

 

 

Research Interests

Q: How can I determine whether my research interests are compatible with those of the faculty?
A: A good source of information is our detailed faculty research summaries.

 

 

Financial Assistance

Q: What types of financial assistance are available?
A: Below are the types of financial assistance for full-time graduate students, and all are highly competitive. (Part-time students are not eligible for financial assistance.)Students desiring financial assistance are encouraged to apply to one of the Electrical Engineering graduate programs as early as possible.

Jonsson School Distinguished Graduate Fellows are selected and supported
by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Please refer to the following link for more information:  Graduate Scholarships

Teaching assistants (TAs) are selected and supported by the Electrical Engineering Department based on students’ academic merit and prior research experience. When students are considered for admission, they are also considered by the department's selection committee for teaching assistantships. Most of our teaching assistantships are offered to students admitted to start in fall semesters. Students will be informed of any TA support no later than one week after the admission application deadline. (Please note that there are different deadline dates for domestic and international students.) Download TA application


Research assistants (RAs) are supported by individual Electrical Engineering faculty through faculty members’ research grants. Prospective students may contact faculty members directly to discuss their research interests and possible RA support. Please view our detailed faculty research summaries.

Other Jonsson School Scholarships Contact Dr. Poras Balsara @ poras@utdallas.edu

 

 

Graduation

Q: How do I apply for graduation?

A: You may apply online at the Office of Graduate Studies. Enter your user name as: campus\net id. You should apply the semester prior to your graduating semester. Recommended application submission dates are listed below. There is no fee for this application unless you miss the deadline date.

Graduating Semester

Apply for Graduation

Fall

July

Spring

December

Summer

April

You must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in core graduate courses and an overall UTD GPA of at least 3.0 for all graduate coursework. You must also complete a final degree plan.

Q: What should I do after I’ve applied for graduation?
A: You must complete a final degree plan. Contact the appropriate staff members for completion of your final degree plan.

 

 

Current Students

Q: How do I audit a course?
A: The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science does not allow auditing of courses.

Q: Can I replace a grade by retaking a course?
A: Students who wish to repeat a course must complete a Repeated Course Adjustment form in the Office of the Registrar. Up to three courses may be repeated, but no course may be repeated more than once. When a course is repeated, the earlier grade will remain on the student’s record and will be included on all transcripts. The highest grade will be used in computing the grade-point average or credit hours for purposes of graduation or determination of probationary status. A notation beside the first grade will indicate that the course has been repeated.

Q: I'm on academic probation. What should I do?
A: Please contact one of the following EE graduate program advisers immediately: 

EE FACULTY ADVISORS
Marco Tacca - mtacca@utdallas.edu
Randall E Lehmann -randall.lehmann@utdallas.edu
P.K. Rajasekaran - Raja1@utdallas.edu

EE STAFF ADMISSIONS & ADVISORS
Kathy Gribble – kpatters@utdallas.edu
Barbara Parker - bap016100@utdallas.edu
Patricia Williams - pxw121630@utdallas.edu

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