How do I identify my faculty advisor?
MS students should take steps to identify an advisor to guide their thesis project
as soon as possible. Similarly, PhD students should also take steps to identify an
advisor to guide their research projects as soon as possible. Until you have found
an advisor, the ECE Graduate Director will act as your interim advisor.
How do current or former Binghamton University students apply for graduate school?
The Graduate School’s “How to Apply” web page You do not need to submit TOEFL , IELTS or PTE scores. Your BU transcript will come
into the system automatically. You will not need to submit your GRE exam scores. After
you submit your application and pay the application fee, your application will show
in our electronic system. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you are
either a current or former student. You will receive an e-mail near the beginning
of the semester you applied for that will give you information about our ECE Graduate
Orientation. ECE Graduate Orientations are every fall and every spring. If you are
a current student and would like to register for the next semester, the system will
look at you as a new student and will not likely allow you to register for graduate
courses. You can e-mail the CRNs, course names and numbers and your name and B# to
email@example.com and she will register you.
Can a Master's Student be a Research Assistant?
Each professor handles the hiring decisions for Research Assistants in their research
area. Students should contact the professor(s) in the field that they are interested
in. When the application is reviewed, the Graduate Director refers professors to quality
applicants. However, while professors typically look for PhD students, MS students
that exhibit exceptional talent are also funded.
I am a PhD student. Where are the requirements for thesis or dissertation?
The requirements for submitting thesis/dissertation can be found on the graduate school
website linked here.
I am a PhD student about to fill out a form to be ABD. What forms do I need to graduate?
If you have not already done your prospectus & colloquium please see the ECE Graduate Handbook.
There is a form you will need when you take your comprehensive exam on our forms web
page called the "PhD Comprehensive Exam Approval Form" at this link. The "Recommendation for Admission to Candidacy" form (to be advanced to ABD status)
is also at that link.
The Graduate Application for Degree Form and information about the Graduate school
can both be found on the Graduate School's Web site. You need to fill out the form before the date listed on the web site.
There is a triplicate form in the ECE secretary's office that needs to be filled out
and requires signatures.
After that, the triplicate form, your proposed course of study form which is also
found on our resources page-see the link above (signed by your advisor, found at the
forms link) and your PhD Comprehensive Exam Approval Form go together to our Graduate
Director, Professor Chen. From this point our office handles the travel of the forms
through these next steps. Once they are reviewed and signed, they go to the Dean of
Watson. From there they go to our Graduate Coordinator, Ellen Tilden, who processes
them and takes them to the Graduate School.
Do undergraduate course grades affect a graduate student's GPA?
Undergraduate courses taken as a graduate-level student will not be calculated into
the graduate GPA. It will appear on the student's transcript with whatever grade is
received but it will not be used to calculate the student's graduate GPA. The only
"bad thing" that could happen is that if the student receives a failing grade, that
will remain on the student's transcript.
Is there a deadline that I need to take my Comprehensive Exam so my status changes
In order to be considered ABD for the next semester, the student would need to pass
the comprehensive exam and be officially designated as ABD prior to the start of classes
for the next semester. In the case of mid-semester exam completions, students would
have to wait to be ABD until the next major semester. Please schedule your Comprehensive
Exam before the middle of the semester if you wish to use the Full-time Certification
form for the following semester.
The graduate course I want to take is full. Is there a waitlist?
Please check out the document that we have created with all the information on waitlists.
Is there a time limit for me to get my Master's and PhD degrees?
In general, a student has 5 years from their matriculated admittance to get their
master's, 5 years from their master's to get their ABD, and 5 years from their ABD
to get their PhD. Special cases involving classes taken while a student is non-matriculated
student are reviewed by the Graduate School. More information is below as well as
the location of an extension form.
A petition form to extend the 5-year limit for Master’s, Post-Master’s or Doctorate
degree is located on the Graduate School’s website. You can also find more information about degree requirements in the above link.
Can I switch from doing a Thesis to doing a Project?
Your advisor needs to be on-board with the change. You do not need the approval of
the Graduate Director. Be sure that you have enough courses and ones that fit the
categories for doing a project: the key is that you’ll need an additional "breadth"
course (thesis requires only 2 breadths and project requires 3).
How do I apply for a Teaching Assistant position?
You may apply to be a teaching assistant by filling out the form located on top of the TA web page.
What should I do when I identify my Outside Examiner?
The Graduate School has a very extensive page regarding the doctoral degree. In this section, you can find information regarding
an outside examiner.
How do I locate my thesis in the University library?
Head over to the university library page and search "Dissertations" under the "Datebases" tab.
What can you tell me about Distance Course Offerings?
Distance Courses are offered as EngiNet courses which show on the BU Brain course
schedule as Section 20. Section 20 courses have the "OC" in the Instructional Method
Some courses are offered using a Panopto platform, which are identified by "OH" (Online
Hybrid). When taking an "OH" course, please contact the professor to let him/her know
you are enrolled in the course.