Course availability and offerings
Graduate courses are usually offered before 10:00 AM or after 3:30 PM once or twice a week, to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.
Additional information on courses and their scheduling may be found on the web at www.umassd.edu/engineering/electrical and in the "Handbook for Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Students," available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Office, II-213, or in the College of Engineering Office, Dion 326.
Transfer of credit
Upon approval a maximum of six credits may be transferred from another institution. A maximum of nine credits of courses taken at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth prior to admission to an ECE graduate or certificate program may be transferred. All credits taken as part of an ECE certificate program can be applied to a degree program.
Enrollment without degree intentions
The department offers a choice of certificate programs, which provide specific career benefits to working professionals. The courses in these programs are compatible with degree requirements, if students later decide to transition to a degree program. Certificate programs are described in detail in a subsequent section of this chapter.
Individuals may enroll in graduate courses as non-degree students without applying for admission to a graduate or certificate program, when space is available and with permission of the instructor. Non-degree special students should have at least a 2.75 out of a 4.00 grade point average with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, computer engineering, other engineering disciplines, science, or mathematics. Before registering for a course, special students are required to discuss their preparation with the instructor to determine that they have sufficient background to be successful. Registration may be done at the first class meeting.
If the non-degree student is later admitted to a graduate or certificate program, a maximum of nine credits of these courses may be transferred by written application to the Graduate Program Director (see transfer credits). Students accepted to one of our formal certificate programs may subsequently apply that coursework to a degree without restriction in the number of credits.
Graduate Assistantships and Financial Assistance
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded to qualified students who have been accepted for admission to a degree program and have requested financial assistance. Academic qualifications comprise the primary criteria for selection. Requests for financial assistance should be made on the admission application.
Other inquiries regarding graduate student financial assistance should be made to the Director of the ECE Graduate Program. For information about loans or other assistance, please consult the chapter on "Expenses and Financial Assistance."
The Master of Science degree program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth provides sufficient structure to insure that each graduate of the program has a firm foundation to go on to further graduate studies or to succeed at the advanced level in industry. However, there is enough program flexibility to allow students to pursue studies of their own particular interest.
Each candidate for the Master of Science Degree must obtain a minimum of 30 graduate credits (Thesis track) or 33 graduate credits (Project or Course Work tracks) with the following constraints: 1) maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0 grading scale in all courses, 2) obtain no more than two course grades below B-minus and 3) courses with grades of C- or below will not count toward graduation requirements.