Admission Requirements

BSEE Holders

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering are eligible for admission with full matriculation upon submission and favorable evaluation of undergraduate records, Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude Test) scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Holders of Bachelor's Degrees in Other Fields
Students with degrees in the sciences, engineering (other than electrical), and engineering technology may be admitted to the program after they satisfy specific undergraduate course requirements as listed in the end of this section, as well as the prerequisites to take these courses. With prior approval from FDU, these undergraduate courses and their prerequisites may be taken at a university that is convenient to the students.  
Non-Matriculant Status
An applicant who is seeking matriculant status but has applied too late to complete all requirements may be allowed to register as a non-matriculated student. Such students will be allowed to take up to nine credits while completing the requirements for admission. This status doesn't guarantee that the student will become a matriculated student. If matriculant status is granted, those credits earned may be applied toward degree requirements.
International Students

International students must meet all admission criteria to be accepted as a full-time graduate student. Applicants are considered to be international students if they are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of a test of English proficiency to the Office of International and Graduate Admissions. Students who are exempt from submitting a test of English proficiency are those from Canada (excluding Quebec), Bermuda, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

The following exam results are accepted as proof of proficiency in English:


Internet-based: 79 or higher
Computer-based: 213 or higher
Paper-based: 550 or higher


Overall band score of 6.0

Furthermore, based upon an English placement test given by the University, international students may be required to take the English for Professional Success course to further develop their English proficiency and enhance their academic success. For further information, see the university policy on English Proficiency. 

Students with TOEFL scores of 515 to 549 (computer-based scores of 185 to 212) may be considered for admission, but they will be required to take intensive English course work.

The online MSEE program is designed to be taken over the Internet. International students will be able to complete the entire degree program in their countries without coming to the U.S.A. International students who choose to come to the U.S.A. to study must give evidence of financial support for a period of time equivalent to one academic year and need to obtain a student visa (F-1). Moreover, they must study at the University's campus for at least two semesters, September through May, and must carry at least three courses (9 credits) each semester if maintaining student visa status.

Non-Degree Student

An applicant seeking admission as a non-degree student must present evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate program at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. A non-degree student who subsequently seeks matriculation must reapply for consideration and must meet all current admission criteria.

Required Undergraduate courses for MSEE-degree candidates with non-EE bachelor's degrees (FDU courses in brackets)

  • Linear Systems [EENG3223 Linear Systems]
  • Advanced Engineering Math [ENGR3341 Advanced Engineering Math]
  • Electronics [EENG3252 Non-Linear Electronic Circuits or EENG3254 Linear Amplifier Design]
  • Digital Circuits [EENG2287 Microprocessor System Design I]
  • Differential Equations [MATH2210 Differential Equations]
  • Programming [ENGR1204 Programming Languages in Engineering]

plus four additional courses from the following areas

  • Digital Signal Processing [EENG3224 Digital Signal Processing]
  • Electromagnetics [EENG3244 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves]
  • Optics [EENG4321 Engineering Optics I, EENG4322 Engineering Optics II]
  • VLSI [EENG4335 Microelectronic Devices and VLSI Fundamentals, EENG4336 VLSI Concepts and Applications]
  • Communications[EENG4341 Communications Systems I, EENG4342 Data Communications & Computer Networking]
  • Instrumentation[EENG4362 Electronic Instrumentation]
  • Power [EENG4375 Electrical Energy Conversion, EENG4376 Power Control Systems]
  • Computers [EENG3288 Microprocesser System Design II, EENG4381 Computer Aided Analysis and Design I]

These course requirements may be satisfied through the administration of "Challenge Exams" or through successful completion of equivalent courses at other accredited institutions. Upon request from the applicant, the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering will judge the equivalency of such courses.