Graduate Student Application Guidelines

Graduate studies application guidelines

To maintain the high quality of our graduates, we require the GRE General exam for all M.S. and Ph.D. applicants excluding CWRU students applying to the combined B.S./M.S. program (B.S./M.S. students applying to the Ph.D. program must also submit GRE scores) and the TOEFL exam where applicable. The admissions guidelines for the Department are given below. Please consider these guidelines to decide whether you should apply. Students not fitting within the guidelines but demonstrating they would be excellent students may also be admitted.

Admission without aid

Applicants are expected to have their undergraduate or M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Systems and Control, Computer Science or Computer Engineering or related areas from a reputable university. As noted above the GRE is a departmental requirement and all incoming students excluding applicants for the combined B.S./M.S. program must take this test (B.S./M.S. students applying to the Ph.D. program must submit GRE scores). Foreign students needing to take the TOEFL exam should achieve a score of at least 577 for the written test or 90 for the internet based test. All foreign applicants must take the TOEFL unless they received a higher education degree from a U.S. university or a Canadian university. Students applying to Computer Engineering or Computer Science with good GRE scores, but without a computer science or computer engineering background may be admitted provisionally and will need to take additional fundamental courses. 

Foreign applicants

To be eligible for a student visa you must be able to show that you have sufficient financial support. If you are awarded an Assistantship, this support comes from our department. Otherwise, you must submit an affidavit of financial support sufficient to cover your first year of studies which is estimated to be $22,356 for tuition and $12,000 for living expenses for a total of $34,356.