Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a vibrant academic and research community of scholars.

We encourage you to become familiar with the research areas in the Department, to reach out to our faculty for support, and to become actively engaged in the Department community. One way we encourage our students to become involved is by attending the colloquium series we hold throughout the academic year. This is an opportunity to learn about advances in the academic community and to network with faculty and students from across campus.

We are committed to helping you achieve your career goals. Students can take full advantage of what the University has to offer by learning about the graduate resources available in the College and the campus resources available at the University.

For the most current information about your particular degree of study, you can refer to the Graduate Course Catalog. The Graduate School maintains a checklist of Graduate Requirements that all graduate students should be familiar with to ensure they are on track for degree completion. This site also has many necessary forms, dates and deadlines, and access to resources. Engineering and Computer Science IT Support (CIT)

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions as well as technology and procedural how-to's.  We hope that this resource will assist you in finding answers or assist you in finding answers to your questions!

These FAQ's are to be used only as a tool, please refer to the Syracuse University - Course Catalog for specific information on your program of study.

EECS Alumni

Graduates of our department who apply for work visa or permanent residency/green card often need verification of the skills they obtained during their graduate studies. To request a “Skills Verification” letter please follow the below steps:

  • E-mail your request to the EECS Graduate Office: EECS Grad Students Requests cptorskillsrequest@syr.edu , please include:
    • Your full name
    • 9-digit SU student ID number
    • The degree you received and the semester/year in which you received it.
    • The courses you would like a skill for (ex: CSE 742; ELE 621; CIS 689).
    • Skill(s) associated with course you have chosen (See skill descriptions below.  Note: skill verbiage cannot be changed, and we cannot add attendance dates to a letter.) 
      See sample letter (your request must be in the same format as in the sample letter).
  • Please note
    • We cannot verify skills in courses taken as audit (AU), undergraduate classes or for those courses where a grade of B- or below was earned.
    • The letter will be prepared on letterhead and signed by the Graduate Records Office, all letters are signed electronically.
    • Only topics and skills included in course catalog descriptions can be certified. Letters cannot be modified and customized with skills beyond those which are mentioned in the course catalog description.
    • If you are requesting a skill, be added please add it to the bottom of your request and highlight it in yellow.  It may take 1-4 weeks for a response on a new skill request as it must go before a faculty committee.  Note: not all requests will be approved.
    • Skill letters will only be allowed to be revised once - please review your request with the person requesting the skills before you send the request to our office.

Skill descriptions

  • E-mail the form to cptorskillsrequest@syr.edu. Only one revision will be permitted.  Please allow 5-14 business days for processing (longer if requesting an additional skill). 

An Enrollment Verification is a certification of a student’s enrollment status for semester(s) attended at Syracuse University.

  • Past semester enrollment verifications can be requested at any time. Students with access to MySlice should go to MySlice > Student Home > Enrollment > Enrollment Verification.
  • If you do not have access to MySlice or if a potential employer needs to request a verification, go to studentclearinghouse.org.

Degree verification

  • Degree certification typically takes place four to six weeks after the completion of degree requirements. Once certification is completed by your school, college, or department, the Registrar’s Office posts it to your transcript. At that time, your degree will be visible on your transcript and you can request a degree verification through studentclearinghouse.org.
  • Degree verification cannot be provided until your degree is certified and posted to your transcript.

The National Student Clearinghouse has been authorized by Syracuse University to provide enrollment and degree verifications for our students.

After graduation graduates can apply for unpaid internship opportunities via:  https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezfkHtpcYnbgD41 to complete the application process an official transcript that lists the graduation date and/or a certified scan of the diploma as well as a scanned copy of graduate Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card must be provided. 

Questions for EECS graduates should be directed to Nadeem Ghani nghani@syr.edu or Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Programs csengrresearch@syr.edu 

Employers and background screening firms

  • Syracuse University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verification for our students.
    Employers and background screening firms must contact the Clearinghouse directly for any enrollment or degree verifications.
    The Clearinghouse does charge a fee for each verification.

Contact information for the National Student Clearinghouse:

Prospective and Admitted Students

Graduate - ECS – Syracuse University-information for prospective students, including the application process

Grant/Merit scholarship will be applied to your student account after the drop deadline and before the bill is due.

At the end of the second semester in the program continued scholarship/grant edibility will be reviewed based on student GPA. A GPA below 3.0 will result in permanent removal of the scholarship/grant with no opportunity to appeal.

Consideration for scholarships is given at time of application review. No further funding is available after admission.

Students who take a Leave of Absence (LOA) and return to the program will not have the previous Grant/Merit Scholarship reinstated. Students who take a Medical Leave of Absence (maximum of 1 semester) can have the original Grant/Merit scholarship applied if they previously met all requirements of the award.

Bridge courses cannot be waived, and must be completed during the first semester you are enrolled

To enroll in your bridge courses e-mail eecsstaff@syr.edu. The email should include your name, SUID, and course name and number for registration, use Bridge Coursework Registration in the subject line.

If you were not assigned a bridge course during the admission process but would like to take one a one-on-one meeting with the department chair can be arranged to determine if the course will be beneficial for your academic success.

​Graduate Admission Transcript Requirement - Syracuse.edu

To submit your transcript by mail/express delivery or by electronic delivery directly from the institution:

MAIL OR DHL:
Syracuse University

Graduate Admissions Processing

400 Ostrom Avenue

Syracuse, NY 13244

THE INSTITUTION SENDS DIRECTLY USING SECURELINK
Many U.S. colleges and universities allow you to order a transcript for electronic delivery.
Use this email address when you order a transcript from the institution for electronic delivery to SU: grad@syr.edu

4+1 (BSMS) Program

Invitations are made to rising seniors after completion of their junior year, eligible students will be notified via email and asked to apply after posting of spring grades. Accepted students will be notified after the application review is completed.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Overall GPA 3.3 or better; and

Completion of three of the following four courses with B+ or better in each course*

    • ELE 324
    • ELE 333
    • ELE 351
    • ELE 354

Student has completed no more than 4 technical electives (leaving at least 2 technical electives)

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Overall GPA 3.3 or better; and

Completion of three of the following four courses with B+ or better in each course*

    • CIS 351
    • CSE 381
    • CIS/CSE 486
    • CSE 464

Student has completed no more than 4 technical electives (leaving at least 2 technical electives)

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Overall GPA 3.3 or better; and

Completion of three of the following four courses with B+ or better in each course*

    • CIS 341
    • CIS 352
    • CIS 477
    • CIS/CSE 486

Student has completed no more than 4 upper-division electives (leaving at least 2 upper-division electives).

*Note: If only two of the four courses have been completed, student may be conditionally accepted until the course is completed, and the minimal grade of B+ has been earned. The applicant must be registered for, and complete, the remaining course during the fall semester. Acceptance will be made official provided the stated criteria (course completion, minimal course grade, and overall GPA) have been met at the end of the semester.

For more information, e-mail eecsadmissions@syr.edu

Current Students

Save the Date: Convocation for the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be held on Saturday May 11, 2024 at 8:30am in Lally Athletic Complex (Manley)

2024 Commencement Weekend is a great resource for graduates, friends and family. This site will be updated frequently with important information, continue to check back frequently!

To check if you are on track to graduate check:

  • Degree Works
  • Course Catalog
  • If you are still unsure make an appointment to talk with your advisor

Letters that confirm upcoming graduation eligibility and/or degree completion cannot be provided by the Department. After your degree has been certified and posted to your transcript a letter may be requested by contacting the Syracuse University Registrar's Office registrar@syr.edu. See Diplomas - Office of the Registrar – Syracuse University for additional information.

After a degree is awarded, diplomas are ordered for students who have cleared all holds from the Office of Academic Integrity and Community Standards as well as any financial obligations to the University. Diplomas and certificates are mailed to the address provided in the file diploma request process.

May degrees are generally posted by June 30, and diplomas are ordered approximately one week after it is posted.  Once your diploma is mailed out you will receive an email. The average time for delivery is 6-8 weeks.

See Diplomas - Office of the Registrar – Syracuse University for additional information

You do not need an invitation letter from the college or your department to invite your family for commencement. 

If you feel that you need to provide your family with documentation follow the below steps:

  1. Write your own invitation letter stating why your parents need a visa.
  2. Log into MySlice (use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome)-Student Services – Enrollment – View Enrollment Verification –this brings you to a webpage titled National Student Clearing House. Click on “Obtain an Enrollment certificate” you will see a pop up on the bottom of the page (make sure your pop up blocker is not turned ON!!!), save the file to your desktop. Print a copy.
  3. Print a copy of your transcript.
  4. Copy off the commencement information from Special Events or Syracuse University Commencement http://commencement.syr.edu/
  5. Attach all of this together and give to your parents so they will have it when applying for their visa

An Enrollment Verification is a certification of a student’s enrollment status for semester(s) attended at Syracuse University.

  • Current semester enrollment verification is available shortly after the Add Deadline. Note that if you request a verification prior to the Add Deadline, your class enrollment will not appear. Please make sure to notify any employers or background check agencies of this if they are requesting an enrollment verification for you.
  • Early semester enrollment verification shows your anticipated graduation date but not class enrollment for future semesters. Students with MySlice access should go to MySlice > Student Home > Enrollment > Enrollment Verification. If you do not have access to MySlice or if a potential employer needs to request a verification, go to studentclearinghouse.org.
  • The anticipated graduation date on your NSC Enrollment Verification may change,  and will be subject to change until you file for your diploma.
  • The enrollment verification certificate can be attached to forms, documents, etc. as needed and may only be requested by the student or for employment checks/background screenings.

Students who are in their last semester are allowed to register for less than a full course of study but must enroll in classes that meet on campus for the entire semester and must file a Last Semester Memo with the Center for International Services.

How to File a Last Semester Memo:

  1. File your Diploma Request 

    When students start their program of study they must complete the Diploma Request process, accessed through MySlice. Only students who complete this process are included in degree certification review. Commencement information is only sent to students who have filed a diploma request. Log in to MySlice > Student Home > Academics > Diploma Request. Specify the term (fall, spring, or summer) and provide information for the diploma, including a mailing address. Diploma requests can be updated if needed.

  2. Log in to the International Student and Scholar (ISSS) Portal through MySlice.
    • If you do not have access to the portal please email The Center for International Services with a detailed description of the issue (include screenshots if possible) or visit the Center for International Services during walk-in advising (Monday – Friday from 11 am to 3 pm).
  3. Go to the Student Request Center (to the right of the page).
  4. Find the Last Semester Memo Request.
  5. Complete the Questionnaire.
  6. Read the Student Acknowledgement section and confirm you have read the information.
  7. Enter the following: "EECS Staff", email eecsstaff@syr.edu for departmental approval. Do not email any staff or faculty member directly as your request will not be processed.
  8. Submit the Request.

Please note the following:

  • Last Semester Memo requests will be denied if you are enrolled in credits above what is needed for graduation
  • The whole student academic record is reviewed as part of this process-including Core Final Exam average, Core Final Course average, overall GPA, transcript grade.

OPT letters have been processed and sent to students SU email address in February

Letters were sent if the Last Semester Memo and your diploma request (see above) were completed

Note: Receiving your OPT letter does not mean you have met all degree requirements for graduation,

*This applies to students who are here on a student Visa

Internship-Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

CPT-Internship is intended to provide international students work experience directly related, and integral to, a student’s degree. While not intended for general, ongoing work authorization, CPT can help students build their professional network while they are enrolled as a student providing learning outside of their classrooms.

CPT eligibility

A student must be in valid F-1-status and have been a full-time student in the U.S. for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) before participating in CPT. CPT is not available for students who have completed their coursework and program of study. CPT approval is authorized for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) new CPT paperwork must be submitted and approved each semester. EECS approval and processing is required for CPT. CPT cannot be counted towards the required credits for your degree program.

Internship-CPT Eligibility requirements: Internship-CPT Options

Academics will be reviewed at time of request and considered as part of the application process. No review and approval will be made without a formal offer letter provided by the company.

Fall Admits

  1. Completion of 18 credits of course work in the EECS Department at Syracuse University
  2. Completion of core coursework within your first two semesters
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  4. Cumulative Program GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Core Course Final Exam Grade (Average B- Minimum)
  6. Core Course Transcript Grade (B- Minimum) CS only

See Syracuse University Course Catalog

Spring Admits

  1. Completion of 18 credits of course work in the EECS Department at Syracuse University
  2. Completion of core coursework within your first two semesters
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  4. Cumulative Program GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Core Course Final Exam Grade (Average B- Minimum)
  6. Core Course Transcript Grade (B- Minimum) CS only

See Syracuse University Course Catalog

Internship-CPT application process:

Step 1: Provide formal offer letter-Please highlight all information in yellow.

Provide a formal offer letter, on company letterhead, which includes all of the following:

  1. Company address, including street address of where you will be working (no P.O. Box)
  2. Job title and formal job description.
  3. Placement location: onsite or remote
  4. Company location of placement, if your position is onsite

    Summer 2024 semester placement: Monday, May 20, 2024-Friday, August 9, 2024

    *NOTE: Completed summer 2024 CPT paperwork due by Wednesday, May 1

     
  5. Exact start and end date, dates must begin and end within the semester.
  6. Hours per week (specific days and hours that you will be working on site) *estimated on site days will prevent processing of CPT
  7. Paid (include salary) or unpaid
  8. Signed by company representative with applicable contact information

Step 2: Independent Study Form 

Identify a EECS full-time faculty sponsor who will monitor progress and assign a grade complete the Independent Study Form with them.

  1. All fields must be completed by the student and/or faculty sponsor
  2. Letter Grade (A-F)
  3. Course Elective, Type: experience credit-670
  4. Form must be submitted with student signature
  5. Form must be submitted with faculty sponsor signature

 Step 3: Submit Paperwork

  1. Submit all completed documentation to: cptorskillsrequest@syr.edu
  2. Paperwork will be reviewed for completion and student eligibility
  3. Once approved student will be sent approval letter via email
  4. Independent study paperwork will be sent to Registrar's Office for processing-NOTE: Approval letter and IS paperwork are sent separately 
  5. Check your registration, once the IS has been posted to your account please see Home - Center for International Services – Syracuse University for next steps.

Additional Notes:

  1. Once paperwork has been processed and approved for a CPT no changes will be made. These include, but are not limited to, approved number of hours, start/end placement dates, location, company. Once processed no changes will be made even if the CPT placement has not started.
  2. Students are responsible for ensuring a grade is posted for you by your faculty sponsor at the end of your CPT
  3. An I20 cannot be extended for CPT
  4. Registration for CPT will result in a charge of 1 credit hour of tuition on a student bill
  5. CPT credits do not count towards required program credits for completion of your degree, and can't be converted to an Independent Study
  6. Delays in processing will occur if forms and supporting documentation are not provided
  7. If you are on a student Visa, you must be in the United States on the first date of your approved CPT. CPT work cannot be done when a student is not in the United States.

Internship-CPT application process:

Step 1: Provide formal offer letter-Please highlight all information in yellow.

Provide a formal offer letter, on company letterhead, which includes all of the following:

  1. Company address, including street address of where you will be working (no P.O. Box)
  2. Job title and formal job description.
  3. Placement location: onsite or remote
  4. Company location of placement, if your position is onsite-*Final semester coursework must be completed via in person, on campus enrollment. CPT placements that do not allow for in-person coursework must be remote.

    Fall 2024 semester placement: Monday, August 26, 2024-Friday, December 6, 2024

    *NOTE: Completed summer 2024 CPT paperwork due by Friday, August 16

     
  5. Exact start and end date, dates must begin and end within the semester.
  6. Hours per week (specific days and hours that you will be working on site) *estimated on site days will prevent processing of CPT
  7. Paid (include salary) or unpaid
  8. Signed by company representative with applicable contact information

Step 2: Independent Study Form 

Identify a EECS full-time faculty sponsor who will monitor progress and assign a grade complete the Independent Study Form with them.

  1. All fields must be completed by the student and/or faculty sponsor
  2. Letter Grade (A-F)
  3. Course Elective, Type: experience credit-670
  4. Form must be submitted with student signature
  5. Form must be submitted with faculty sponsor signature

Fall and Spring CPT only: Full-Time Certification Form must be completed if you will be registered for less than 9 credits while completing your CPT. If this will be your final semester please see Last Semester Memo section.

 Step 3: Complete CPT Request form-Fall 2024

*NOTE: Student Arrival Verification: All students with Fall 2024 CPT must check in with the EECS Department on or before Monday, August 26, 2024. Failure to return for the start of classes will result in the removal of approved CPT. Your CPT approval letter will not be provided without your department check-in.

Step 4: Submit Paperwork

  1. Submit all completed documentation (see Steps 1-3 above) to: cptorskillsrequest@syr.edu
  2. Paperwork will be reviewed for completion and student eligibility
  3. Once approved student will be sent notice of their approval via email
  4. CPT check in with the EECS Department on or before Monday, August 26, 2024. Failure to return for the start of classes will result in the removal of approved CPT.  Once checked in with the department your CPT letter will be provided to you.

  5. Independent study paperwork will be sent via email to Registrar's Office for processing
  6. Check your registration, once the IS has been posted to your account please see Home - Center for International Services – Syracuse University for next steps.

Additional Notes:

  1. Once paperwork has been processed and approved for a CPT no changes will be made. These include, but are not limited to, approved number of hours, start/end placement dates, location, company. Once processed no changes will be made even if the CPT placement has not started.
  2. Students are responsible for ensuring a grade is posted for you by your faculty sponsor at the end of your CPT
  3. An I20 cannot be extended for CPT
  4. Registration for CPT will result in a charge of 1 credit hour of tuition on a student bill
  5. CPT credits do not count towards required program credits for completion of your degree, and can't be converted to an Independent Study
  6. Delays in processing will occur if forms and supporting documentation are not provided
  7. If you are on a student Visa, you must be in the United States on the first date of your approved CPT. CPT work cannot be done when a student is not in the United States.
  8. Students who do not return for the start of the fall semester and fail to check in with the with the EECS Department on or before Monday, August 26, 2024 will have their CPT approval revoked.
  9. Remote CPT work must be done from Syracuse for the entire semester. 
  10. Final semester coursework must be completed via in person, on campus enrollment. CPT placements that do not allow for in-person coursework must be remote. 

How do I apply for RA and TA positions?

  1. Research Assistantship appointments: Contact the faculty member with whom you want to work.
  2. Teaching Assistantship appointments:  TA application requests will be sent out to EECS students in late fall (Nov., Dec.) and early spring (March). 

Reminder, first year MS students will not be considered for TA positions in their first semester of study.

How will I be notified of a TA appointment?

  1. Fall semester offer letters will be emailed by July 7
  2. Spring semester offer letters will be emailed by December 20

Additional Notes:

  1. Those who do not receive stipend-bearing TA offer may be considered for hourly positions depending on department needs and positions available.
  2. Please do not resend inquiries or requests for additional consideration after the deadline mentioned in the TA information/application email.
  3. Students must register for classes as soon as open enrollment starts, all students with an assistantship appointment must be registered for classes.

I’m a new student hire, what should I do?

For issues with your personal payroll account contact payroll@syr.edu or 315-443-4042 (option2)

Students must clock in and out each time you work a shift. If your timesheet needs to be corrected contact Cynthia Bromka-Skafidas at skafidas@syr.edu immediately

I am a RA. How do I get a key to the lab?

What should I do with my lab key at the end of the semester?

  • All keys are to be returned to Shawn Knight in person.  Do not leave the key with a fellow student or faculty member. It is your responsibility to turn in your own key!

I am locked out of my lab. Whom should I contact?

  • During normal office hours, you can contact any staff member in the department to give you access to your lab. Call (315) 443-2652 weekdays until 5 p.m. during the academic year and 4:30 p.m. during the summer. Weekends– Please contact DPS at (315) 443-2224

I am a TA. Will I be assigned an office for office hours?

  • EECS Dept. currently has 2 TA rooms that are available to be used for office hours located in the basement of CST.  Each door has a sign-up sheet that is used to reserve the room.

Transferring in credits from another University

  • Classes must be pre-approved by the Department before a course is taken outside Syracuse University
  • Core classes cannot be taken at another institution
  • Transfer credit requests must be filed via petition Graduate Transfer Credit Petition

Transferring within EECS from one program to another

  • Returning students can submit a EECS GR Transfer Form until two weeks before the first day of classes.  You are encouraged, however, to submit a transfer request early so you can select courses based on your new program of study during the course registration period for returning students. E-mail the form to eecsadmissions@syr.edu 
  • New students must wait until grades have been posted from their first semester to submit a transfer request.
  • Note - if you transfer from one program to another and are receiving a percent grant, it may not transfer to the new program.

Transferring into EECS from another College

  • Students interested in transferring into EECS must email their completed Graduate Transfer Form to eecsadmissions@syr.edu
  • Once the completed applications is received, information will be forwarded to the faculty review committee for consideration
  • Note-if you transfer from one college to another and are receiving grants and other aid, it may not transfer to the new program

All returning EECS students (MS/PhD in EECS) are required to register early. Fall registration begins in April; Spring registration begins in November. New student registration is in August for the fall semester, and in January for the spring semester. Individual students are responsible for their course registration.  Academic Calendar

  • If you have a hold on your account, you will see a red circle with a line through it. Click on that and it will indicate which office to contact. All registration should be completed before the add deadline. Academic Calendar.
  • Questions regarding difficulties using MySlice can be answered here, Registration Answers or you can contact IT if the problem persists.
  • Courses cannot be added if the add deadline has passed, this policy is strictly enforced.
  • Residential students are not eligible for online courses, when searching for classes, be sure to select in-person classes from the drop-down menu.
  • Generally, EECS does not offer Winterlude courses and courses taken outside of your program do not count towards degree requirements. 
  • If you are at the end of your program and would like to register for over 9 credits, allowing you to complete the program a semester early, make the request to eecsstaff@syr.edu. A student academic record will be reviewed at the time of the request. If permission is granted no classed can be dropped, withdrawn or be eligible for an incomplete. 
  • EECS Graduate students are not allowed to audit courses
  • Course registration should be dropped before the add deadline allowing others to register for an open seat. 
  • Once the add deadline has passed, international students cannot drop courses via MySlice. International students are prevented from dropping courses to ensure they do not drop below full-time enrollment without first consulting with their program and with the Center for International Services.
  • Once the add deadline has passed the student must email complete the request to drop a class form, specifying the class(es) they want to drop and return it to eecsstaff@syr.edu for processing.
  • Registration must be removed by the university drop deadline to prevent additional charges to the student account.
  • International full-time students cannot drop below 9 credits unless it is your last semester.  Students on an F1 Visa must apply for their last semester memo if 9 credits are not needed for degree completion in the last semester of enrollment.
  • Students will complete applicable information on the Independent Study Form and send to your FT EECS faculty sponsor for signature
    • After the faculty sponsor signs the Proposal for Independent Study, the student must email the form to
      – Students in MSCS (only), send to: Dr. Nadeem Ghani
      – Students in MSEE, MSCE or MS Cyber, send to: Graduate Program Director Dr. Qinru Qiu.
  • After the Graduate Program Director approves, it will be forwarded to eecsstaff@syr.edu for review and processing to the Registrar’s office (with a cc to student).
  • Registrar’s office will post the Independent Study to your course registration.  (Please allow 7-10 business days or longer during high volume periods). 
  • PhD students - send the signed Proposal for Independent Study form to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu for processing .

Proposal for Independent Study  

  • Each semester familiarize yourself with the Academic Calendar and plan accordingly. Deadlines are strictly enforced.
  • Forms, petitions and other academic paperwork processing can take up to 5 business days to be reviewed, do not wait until a deadline to submit paperwork.
  • Graduate students can withdraw from classes on their own through MySlice; however, if they’re planning to withdraw under full-time credits then they’ll need to submit a Class Withdrawal Petition for review no later than the Withdrawal Deadline.

Complete the Leave of Absence Request and submit to eecsstaff@syr.edu. 

Students who take a Leave of Absence (LOA) and return to the program will not have the previous Grant/Merit Scholarship reinstated. Students who take a Medical Leave of Absence (maximum of 1 semester) can have the original Grant/Merit scholarship applied if they previously met all requirements of the award.

Complete the Application for Readmission/ Termination of Leave of Absence and submit to eecsstaff@syr.edu

  • Reach out to the instructor or TA if you need help in your class.
  • MS programs:
    • Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering e-mail Dr. Qinru Qiu or visit her during open office hours.
    • MS Computer Science, e-mail Dr. Nadeem Ghani or visit him during open office hours.
    • Cybersecurity, e-mail Dr. Shiu-Kai Chin for an appointment.
  • At any time that a student is not meeting all of their program requirements, they are considered on academic warning.
  • At any time, the department can terminate a student due to lack of academic progress based on the fact that they are not meeting all of their program requirements.
  • You may or may not receive a notice from the department that your academics are failing. It is your responsibility to know your program requirements.  Please review the course catalog for the year and semester that you matriculated into the program and/or check Degree Works. You can access Degree Works via MySlice; it will appear under the Advising tile on your home page. (If you were in another program, please make sure you are reaching out to your Master’s program advisor and not your previous advisor).  
  • (When checking the academic calendar for your requirements, make sure you are in the correct catalog year.)
  • To retain your percent grant you must:
  • Be registered for 9 credits that can be used in your program of study each semester.  You do not have to be registered for 9 credits during your final semester.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher after the second semester and remain at 3.0 or higher.  Failure to do so will result in the grant will be permanently removed.
  • Once your new grade from your repeated course is posted to your account, complete the flag petition and e-mail to eecsstaff@syr.edu.
  • Both your original and new grade will be posted to your transcript.
  • Once the flag petition is processed the original grade will have a (*) notation, indicating it has been repeated.
  • Only your new grade will be used to calculate your cumulative GPA.
  • Classes with a final grade of C+ or lower can be repeated one time. 

These FAQ's are to be used only as a tool, please refer to the Syracuse University - Course Catalog for specific information on your program of study.

To assist with planning your program please see Ph.D. Timeline

Before registering for courses outside of the department, that a student would want to receive credit for towards their program they must complete a form-petition-to-faculty.pdf explaining how the course is related to their research. The petition must be signed by the student, faculty advisor and Professor Fardad (ECE) or Professor Soundarajan (CISE). The completed petition should be sent to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu for processing. 

ECS 691 Research Course

  • This course is no longer being offered, instead all students will need to register for a 1 credit Independent Study with your advisor
  • Work with your advisor to decide on a topic and complete the form-independent-study-course-proposal.pdf
  • Register for course CIS 690
  • Send back the completed form to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu for processing

GRD 998

  • Students must register for this course after completion of all formal coursework

QE1 are generally administered each spring semester, the 2023-2024 QE1 has been set for January 8, 2024. 

  • QE2 committee consists of the advisor and one other EECS tenured/tenure-track faculty member (no formal approval needed). Any exceptions require department chair approval.
  • Doctoral students must take QE2 no later than the spring semester of their second year in the Ph.D. program. Students must pass QE1 before taking QE2.
  • Focus: presentation of a written report and an oral critique of one or more publications. The successful student will demonstrate their ability to understand and analyze publications, as well as write and speak satisfactorily.
  • Student reading list should be approved by the committee at least a month before the oral presentation; when committee approval is given student will complete PhD Request Form form and submitted to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu for processing.
  • Student must ask Advisor to e-mail eecsphdrequest@syr.edu with the pass/fail information.

Please refer to the Class Scheduling Paradigm to assist with available times for classroom spaces.

  • Preparing for Graduation – Graduate School
  • The examining committee is called the Research Committee and consists of the advisor + two other EECS tenured/tenure-track faculty members.
  • The focus is on presenting work done so far, describing what further work is planned, and getting agreement from the committee about the same.
  • The student should circulate the written proposal (to the committee) at least a week before the oral presentation.
  • Email eecsphdrequest@syr.edu to be assigned a room.
  • After receiving a room complete the PhD Request Form and e-mail completed form to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu.
  • Student must ask Advisor to e-mail eecsphdrequest@syr.edu with the pass/fail information. 
  • The objective of the student’s presentation(s) at the Department Colloquium Series is to communicate the student’s research results to the faculty and students of the department. The student must give at least one talk at this colloquium based on his/her dissertation prior to the final dissertation defense.
  • Email eecsphdrequest@syr.edu to be assigned a room or to provide the Zoom link for participation.
  • After receiving a room completed PhD Request Form and email the completed form to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu, no less than 2 weeks prior to the presentation date.
  • Presentation must be scheduled within the academic semester when students are on campus, and not during reading days or final exams.
  • At a minimum, the dissertation defense committee consists of four SU tenured or tenure track faculty members, including the oral defense chair and the student’s dissertation advisor. The oral exam chair must be a tenured or tenure track faculty member at Syracuse University from outside of the student’s program of enrollment. The remaining two committee members must be tenured, or tenure track faculty members employed by Syracuse University with relevant expertise and typically from the student’s program and/or affiliated program faculty.
  • Per the rules, petitions to include one non-tenure track faculty member to be part of the minimum four-person committee will be considered. The petition can only be for Syracuse University non tenure track faculty who are integral to the research training of the student’s doctoral program.  Once the committee membership has been approved, the student sends a request for a room to eecsphdrequest@syr.edu.
  • Request for ExamAfter you electronically submit this form you will receive an email with a pdf attachment of your Request for Exam. The PDF must be signed by your advisor and Department Chair before your request will be processed. Once complete e-mail a copy to phdrequest@syr.edu for processing of your Degree Audit to the Graduate School.
  • Please see: 32.0 Doctoral Degrees
  • The focus is on evaluating work that has been accomplished.
  • The student should circulate the written dissertation (to the committee) at least two weeks before the oral presentation.
  • Doctoral candidates with dissertation (Guidelines).
  • Student must ask Advisor to e-mail eecsphdrequest@syr.edu with the pass/fail information.

These FAQ's are to be used only as a tool, please refer to the Syracuse University - Course Catalog for specific information on your program of study.

Core course final exam grades are different than the core course transcript grades.

Core courses must be taken at Syracuse University and cannot be transferred in from another college/university

Core Course Transcript Grades

  •  All MS students may retake a course with a transcript grade of B- or lower to improve their GPA. Both the originally earned grade and new grade will remain on the student transcript but if a flag petition is filed, only the new grade will be used to calculate a student GPA-see repeating a course (above).
  • All MSCS students must earn a grade of B- (2.667) or higher in their four core course transcript grades. If you do not meet this requirement you must register for and repeat the course the next semester it is offered. To use the new earned grade in your GPA calculation you must file a flag petition.

Core Course Final Exam Grades

  • All MS students must average a grade of B- (2.667) or higher in the four Core Course final exams
  • Core Course Final Exam grades can be found in Degree Works in the "Core Course Examinations" section
  • A grade calculator is available on MySlice which can be used to compute your final exam average.
  • To re-take a core final exam please reach out to the faculty, at the start of the semester, teaching the course to request permission to take the final and be added to Blackboard.
  • Re-taking a Core Course Final Exam will only change your final exam grade (and effect your core course final exam average) it will not change your transcript grade.
  • *Final exam grades can take up to 2-3 weeks after the end of the semester to post.
  • The Master’s Thesis must be started at least 2 semesters before you graduate. (It cannot be started in your final semester.) Registration must include 3 credits of thesis for your last two semesters.
  • Fill out a petition to the faculty asking permission to do a Master’s Thesis as part of your program of study.  Please include what your research will be about, you and the full-time faculty from our department who has agreed to monitor your thesis, must sign the petition.
  • Students must file a Diploma Request in MySlice when they begin their program.
  • Check Degree Works to see if you are on track to graduate. You can access Degree Works via MySlice; it will appear under the Advising tile on your home page.

If you are graduating with a thesis:

The M.S. program in Cybersecurity requires you to take 30 credits as follows:

  • 12 credits of cybersecurity core classes                              
    • CSE 643 Computer Security                                                   
    • CIS 623 Structured Programming and Formal Methods                                              
    • CIS 657  Principles of Operating Systems                                          
    • CIS 675  Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • 12 credits of coursework taken from the list of approved technical cybersecurity electives
    • Approved 600-level courses and any 700-level EECS Security Course-see notes section of courses MySlice during registration for course inclusion
  • 6 additional credits of coursework
    • All CIS/CSE courses at the 600-level or higher can be counted towards this requirement.
    • Students may also choose to apply *one* nontechnical cybersecurity course (i.e., 3 credits) towards this 6-credit requirement.
    • Current list of approved nontechnical cybersecurity electives:

LAW 775

Internet Law

PSC 755

Politics and Governance in the Information Age

IST 602

Digital Forensics

IST 634

Security in Networked Environments 

IST 704

Applied Info Security

IST 625

Enterprise Risk Management

IST 634

Security in Networked Environments

IST 728

Cyber Security and Policy

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