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General Requirements

The department's Director of Graduate Studies is responsible for coordination of graduate student advising and program monitoring.

Detailed academic advising is generally performed by a student's academic advisor who may also be the thesis advisor.

The student is responsible for compliance with departmental rules.

Student contact with the Director of Graduate Studies in the fulfillment of the following requirements will be through their advisors and the department's Graduate Office, Engineering Center, Room ECEE 1B63. All petitions to the Director of Graduate Studies must bear the endorsement of the student's academic advisor.

In cooperation with the student's academic advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies has full jurisdiction on all matters that go beyond the minimum requirements for Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering graduate degree students, but are still appropriate for the field of specialization of the student at the master's level. The following matters are within this jurisdiction:

  1. the amount and type of credit hours earned outside of the student's speciality;

  2. additional credit hour requirements beyond the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering minimum;

  3. the requirement of evidence of research ability as a prerequisite for a Ph.D.

Decisions will be recorded in the student's general plan of study.


Master of Science Advising

The Director of Graduate Studies assigns a faculty member to act as the academic advisor for each incoming student. The advisor may be changed at the student's request and with approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. The Director of Graduate Studies and the student's advisor will collaborate to:

  1. advise the student on how best to achieve his/her study objectives. Each student must submit an overall degree plan to the Graduate Director; the plan must be discussed with, approved by, signed by the academic advisor. A copy of the plan must be submitted to the Graduate Office by the end of the first month of the student's first semester.Students who have not complied with the provisions of this section may not be recommended for graduation upon completion of the normal 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses.

  2. determine that the student's work satisfies the academic standards appropriate for the field of specialization;


Doctor of Philosophy Advising

Each student will have a faculty member assigned to act as academic advisor. The academic advisor may be changed at the student's request, and with the agreement of the faculty member requested as advisor.

An overall degree plan must be endorsed by the student's advisor and submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies via the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Graduate Office for approval during the first month of work toward the degree.

The degree plan may be altered with the approval of the advisor and Director of Graduate Studies. There is no assurance that courses not included in the degree plan will be counted toward the degree.

At the beginning of each semester, the student is required to develop a semester course plan with the academic advisor. Any deviations from the degree plan must be recorded in the Graduate Office, ECEE 1B63.

The advisor will:

  1. endorse the degree plan;

  2. assure that the student's work satisfies the academic standards for the PhD

  3. establish a Thesis Committee in accordance with the Rules of the Graduate School.


Written Records

A signed written record concerning all important decisions involving the student's academic program shall be entered into the student's permanent file in the ECEE Graduate Office. The record includes the following:

  1. application materials;

  2. a record of the original appointment of the academic advisor and of the student's general plan of study, signed by the student and advisor.

  3. unofficial transcripts;

  4. all other matters concerning the program.


Student Responsibilities

Responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with specific rules lies with the student.

Each student is responsible for meeting with his/her advisor at least once a semester, prior to registration, or as often as has been agreed upon between the student and advisor. If the student fails to do so, the advisor may decline to count toward a degree any credit hours on which the advisor had not been consulted prior to registration.