Graduate Degree Programs

The doctoral program (PhD) may be pursued on either a full- or part-time basis. Students entering with a master's degree have a time limit of 5 years to complete all requirements; those holding only the bachelor’s have a 7-year time limit. The degree is awarded when the student successfully defends a thesis that makes a substantial contribution to fundamental knowledge in a particular field or interdisciplinary field. Almost all ECSE PhD students in good standing receive financial support (stipend and tuition) throughout their doctoral study.
ECSE offers Master of Science (MS) degree with a Master's thesis, and MS degree without a thesis. These options may be in Electrical Engineering (ELEC) or in Computer & Systems Engineering (CSYS). Students may pursue the Master’s degree on either a full- or part-time basis. Substantial tuition scholarship is available to highly qualified Master's program applicants.
This program, which allows RPI students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, provides an efficient, optimized path to earning a graduate degree while extending undergraduate Rensselaer funding for an additional year.
The ECSE department offers a B.S.-Ph.D. program for ECSE undergraduate students with a passion for research. In this unique program, students are able to conduct research during their undergraduate studies, and begin their Ph.D. immediately after receiving their B.S. degree.