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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Admissions information


GRE Test Score is not required for AY 2022-2023, and AY 2023-2024 Admissions

Thank you for your interest in graduate education in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Wyoming. Find admissions information on:


M.S. in Computer Science Admission Requirements

**Please note our departments minimum acceptance criteria for admission are as follows**

Applicants for a graduate degree in computer science are expected to have completed undergraduate courses in Algorithms and Data Structures (COSC 3020 equivalent), Theory of Computing (COSC 4100 or 4200 equivalent), Operating Systems (COSC 4740 equivalent), and Programming languages or Compilers (COSC 4780 or 4785 equivalent). Applicants to the doctoral program must have completed a bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related discipline at an accredited university or college.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. GRE scores are required with minimums of 40th percentile for the verbal score and 65th percentile for the quantitative score. Our strongest students tend to have scores substantially above these minimums, with quantitative scores often around the 90th percentile or higher.

Students whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 on the paper based TOEFL; 213 on the computerized test including a 58 or better in section 1-Reading; 80 for the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) including a score of 23 or better in section 1-Reading or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with a 6.5 score or better.

You must submit to the online application system contact information for three references that can evaluate your potential for graduate study in computer science. If you wish to pursue a Ph.D., the letters should address your ability to pursue quality original research. Letters should also evaluate your oral and written communication skills.

If you meet the minimum criteria and would like to formally apply for admission you will also need to submit the following information during the completion of your application via the application portal:

Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities (minimum GPA or equivalent 3.0 on a scale of 4.0) for all degrees attained. International applicants must submit copies of individual semester transcripts, consolidated transcripts will not be accepted.

Copy of GRE scores a minimum percentile of 40% on verbal and 65% on quantitative portions of the exam. The majority of admitted students tend to have scores substantially above these minimums.

Contact information for three recommendation letters (applicants should follow-up with recommenders to ensure this requirement is fulfilled; applications will not be processed further until all recommendations have been received).

International students will also need to submit a copy of TOEFL scores, or IELTS scores.

Deadlines

Deadline for application are September 15 for the following Spring semester and January 15th for the following Fall semester; only complete applications received by the previously noted deadlines will be considered further for program admission.  The admission decision will be based on all aspects of your application,

Please note a complete application requires that all application materials be received by the department and are unexpired. No guarantees can be made that admission will be considered for the desired start semester if application materials are received after the cited deadlines.

However, in the event that openings remain after the deadlines have passed, applications will continue to be reviewed.

The link below will allow you to log back into your graduate application at any time: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/graduate/application.html

Please note: ALL application materials must be submitted online through the applicant portal. If you are recommended for admission official copies for transcripts, GRE, and if necessary TOFEL/IELTS scores will need to be sent to the Admissions Office.

Here are additional informative links:

Graduate Admission Information: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/graduate/

Funding Graduate Education: http://www.uwyo.edu/uwgrad/prospective/finances.html

On-Campus Housing: http://www.uwyo.edu/reslife-dining/

Assistantships:

Financial support for qualified graduate students is available mainly in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Besides the stipend, the University of Wyoming waives tuition and fees for all graduate assistantships, depending on the amount of the assistantship awarded. Typical scores of those awarded financial support are GRE quantitative and verbal scores higher than 90 and 75 percentiles respectively.

Teaching assistantships (TAs) involve teaching-related activities such as a teaching assistant, laboratory assistant, and/or grader. International students are required to pass the English oral proficiency exam (OPI) before they can be awarded a TA.

Another source of financial aid comes through research assistantships (RAs). These positions are funded by research grants awarded to and administered by faculty. Students should contact faculty directly to be considered for RA positions.

Additionally, occasionally hourly employment as a laboratory assistant or as a grader is sometimes available, although such positions do not carry a tuition waiver.

International student information:

International Students Services: http://www.uwyo.edu/iss/

In order for international students to receive an I-20 or DS-2019 document it will be necessary for them to document to UW and to a consular official at a U.S. embassy or consulate that they can meet these costs for at least their first year of study in the United States.

As part of the admissions process it will be necessary to complete a Confidential Financial Statement document before final admission is granted. This is a standard process at institutions throughout the country. Cost of attendance is a key factor in considering which school to attend in the United States. Many schools are very expensive and the individual must have financial resources for their entire educational experience in the United States.

International students are required to have health insurance (it is available through the University). Other expenses will include housing, food, and textbooks.

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M.S. in Electrical Engineering Admission Requirements

4 year Bachelor's Degree or equivalent 

Electrical engineering or similar degree in another branch of engineering or in a related field, provided that the student completes prerequisite courses without graduate credit as defined by the student's graduate committee.

GPA

3.0 GPA (A = 4.0) or equivalent in an ABET accredited bachelor's program (or international equivalent).

GRE

Students must achieve a score in the 45th percentile on the GRE Verbal examination, the 65th percentile on the GRE Quantitative examination.

TOEFL

A minimum total of 550 (79 iBT) is required for students for whom English is not the native language. The EECS Department recommends that any international student seeking financial support take the TSE.

Required Materials

To apply, the following documents must be submitted in the University's online application system at: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/graduate/application.html and received by the department.  In addition, payment of a $50.00 application fee is required.

  • A statement of purpose (please include areas of interest, as well as if you are looking for an assistantship or would be self supporting)

  • Applicants will be asked to provide the names of 3 recommenders in the online application system, the recommenders will then be sent further instructions regarding how to submit recommendations.

  • Copy of GRE scores (minimum percentiles of 40% on verbal and 65% on quantitative parts)

  • Copy of TOEFL scores, required of all international applicants (minimum of 550 on the written exam or 79 on the Internet-based test, with a minimum score of 58/23 on the listening part); IELTS scores are also accepted (minimum of 6.5 required).

  • Copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities (minimum GPA 3.0); international students must submit individual semester transcripts, consolidated transcripts will not be accepted.

Once your application is complete, we will be able to proceed with our review process.

If you are accepted into the program, original copies of  GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and all transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Warning: Official acceptance will be given by the University upon the completion of the application.

*Transfer students must have taken at least two of the core EE courses at UW. Transfer credit for the remaining three core EE courses must be approved. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 credit hours of courses at UW in order to qualify for admission.

For further information, contact the EECS Department at (307) 766-2279, or e-mail at ece@uwyo.edu.

Application Deadlines:

For maximal funding consideration, please apply by February 15th for Fall admission and October 1st for Spring admission. After these dates, applications will continue to be accepted as long as openings remain.

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Electrical Engineering BS/MS QuickStart Program

BS/MS program application eligibility begins in the student's junior year. Minimum requirements for admission are:

  1. completion of the five core EE courses (see list below),
  2. a minimum GPA of 3.4 in ECE department courses (Faculty can submit GPA exception requests to Graduate Curriculum Commitee)
  3. three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from ECE faculty at UW).

*Tenure Track Faculty can submit minimum GPA exception request for an applicant to EECS graduate committee for admission to BS/MS Quickstart degree program.


Transfer students must have taken at least two of the core EE courses at UW. Transfer credit for the remaining three core EE courses must be approved. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 credit hours of courses at UW in order to qualify for admission.

Application Process

To apply, the following documents must be submitted in the University's online application system at: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/graduate/application.html and received by the department.

  • A statement of purpose (please include areas of interest, as well as if you are looking for an assistantship or would be self supporting)

  • Applicants will be asked to provide the names of 3 recommenders (atleast 2 must be from UW ECE faculty) in the online application system, the recommenders will then be sent further instructions regarding how to submit recommendations.

  • Copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities. Must have a 3.5 in ECE department courses.

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Computer Science Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Applicants for a graduate degree in computer science are expected to have completed undergraduate courses in Algorithms and Data Structures (COSC 3020 equivalent), Theory of Computing (COSC 4100 or 4200 equivalent), Operating Systems (COSC 4740 equivalent), and Programming languages or Compilers (COSC 4780 or 4785 equivalent). Applicants to the doctoral program must have completed a bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely related discipline at an accredited university or college.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. GRE scores are required with minimums of 40th percentile for the verbal score and 65th percentile for the quantitative score. Our strongest students tend to have scores substantially above these minimums, with quantitative scores often around the 90th percentile or higher.

Students whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 213 on the computerized test including a 58 or better in section 1-Reading; 80 for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) including a score of 23 or better in section 1-Reading or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with a 6.5 score or better.

You must submit to the online application system contact information for three references that can evaluate your potential for graduate study in computer science. If you wish to pursue a Ph.D., the letters should address your ability to pursue quality original research. Letters should also evaluate your oral and written communication skills.

If you meet the minimum criteria and would like to formally apply for admission you will also need to submit the following information during the completion of your application via the application portal:

Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities (minimum GPA or equivalent 3.0 on a scale of 4.0) for all degrees attained. International applicants must submit copies of individual semester transcripts, consolidated transcripts will not be accepted.

Copy of GRE scores a minimum percentile of 40% on verbal and 65% on quantitative portions of the exam. The majority of admitted students tend to have scores substantially above these minimums.

Contact information for three recommendation letters (applicants should follow-up with recommenders to ensure this requirement is fulfilled; applications will not be processed further until all recommendations have been received).

International students will also need to submit a copy of TOEFL scores, or IELTS scores.

High performing undergraduates in computer science can elect for Quick Start admission to the graduate program, allowing the sharing of up to six credit hours of 5000-level coursework toward the completion of both the B.S. and the graduate degree programs.

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Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Admission Requirements

For External (non-UWYO ECE) M.S. Candidates

4 year Bachelor's Degree or equivalent 

Electrical or Computer Engineering or similar degree in another branch of engineering or in a related field, provided that the student completes prerequisite courses without graduate credit as defined by the student's graduate committee.

GPA

3.0 GPA (A = 4.0) or equivalent in an ABET accredited bachelor's program.

GRE

Students must achieve a score in the 45th percentile on the GRE Verbal examination, the 65th percentile on the GRE Quantitative examination.

TOEFL

A minimum total of 550 (79 iBT) is required for students for whom English is not the native language. The EECS Department recommends that any international student seeking financial support take the TSE.


For Internal (UWYO EECS) Electrical Engineering M.S. Candidates

Exceptional Admission (without review of faculty as a whole)

Master of Science Degree

Must have 9 or fewer formal course hours remaining in completion of M.S. study.

GPA

Minimum graduate GPA of 3.8.

5000 Level Course Requirement

Must have completed with a minimum of a B earned in each class.

Endorsement

Letter of endorsement by the proposed Ph.D. sponsoring faculty member, which is independent of any possible monetary support.

Evaluation

Affirmative evaluation from two people, one of which has to be the MS thesis advisor and the other having to be an ECE faculty member who has had the student in class (4/5000 level). Written comments justifying evaluation are required.

Research

Plan A M.S.: Demonstrated research maturity by reporting a scheduled or confirmed date of defense or seminar. Plan B M.S.: endorsement of student's research potential by M.S. advisor.


Normal Admission

Master of Science Degree

Must have 12 or fewer formal course hours remaining in completion of M.S. study.

GPA

Minimum graduate GPA of 3.4.

5000 Level Course Requirement

Must have completed at least one with a minimum of a B earned.

Endorsement

Letter of endorsement by the proposed Ph.D. sponsoring faculty member, which is independent of any possible monetary support.

Evaluation

Affirmative evaluation from two people, one of which has to be an ECE faculty member who has had the student in class (4/5000 level). Written comments justifying evaluation are required.

Research

Plan A M.S.: Demonstrated research maturity by reporting a scheduled or confirmed date of defense or seminar. Plan B M.S.: endorsement of student's research potential by M.S. advisor.


Ph.D. program direct admission of (UWYO EECS) B.S. candidates (bypassing MS):

Undergraduate students who have been working with a faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering areas in the EECS Department, University of Wyoming with an exceptional academic record are eligible to apply for direct PhD program. The admission process involves a review by the full department faculty. Please note, direct PhD admissions are only for students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution.

Admission of non-EECS MS students, and other cases not covered above: case by case basis, decided by a vote of the full department faculty.

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Phone: 307 766 2279

Email: eecs@uwyo.edu

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