Graduate Handbook

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Department Personnel

Dr. Fil Bartoli, Chair                                                                fjb205              610-758-4070

Prof. Bill Haller, Assoc. Chair                                                 wrh5                610-758-4079

Dr. Yujie Ding, ECE Faculty Graduate Coordinator          yud2                610-758-4582

Dr. Meghanad Wagh, CompE Faculty Grad. Coor.        mdw0              610-758-4142

Kim Backer, Undergraduate Coordinator                         kab608            610-758-4068

Coley Burke, Graduate Coordinator                                  cbb310           610-758-4072

Jill Hardy Todero, Department Coordinator                       jaha                610-758-4070

David Morrisette, Systems Administrator                             dpm3              610-758-3218

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Graduate Personnel

Dr. S. David Wu, Dean                                                                sdw1               610-758-5308

Dr. John Coulter, Assoc. Dean of Graduate Studies              jc0i                  610-758-6310

Brianne Lisk, Admin. Coordinator, Graduate Studies             brc3                 610-758-6310

Academic Year Calendar


Fall 2011 Semester

Graduate Student Registration

Friday, August 26

First Day of Class

Monday, August 29

Last Day for Web Registration

Friday, September 2

Last Day to Add without Instructor permission

Friday, September 2

Summer degree award date

Sunday, September 4

Labor Day-classes held

Monday, September 5

Last Day to drop/add without a “W”

Friday, September 9

Pacing Break

Monday-Tuesday, October 10-11

Deadline to apply for January Degree

Tuesday, November 1

Registration for Spring 2011

Monday-Friday, November 7-18

Last Day for January Doctoral candidates to deliver dissertation drafts to Dean

Tuesday, November 15

Last Day to drop class with a “W”

Tuesday, November 15

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25

Last Day of Classes

Friday, December 9

Last Day for January MS candidates to submit Thesis to Registrar’s Office

Friday, December 9

Last Day for January Doctoral Candidates to complete all degree requirements

Friday, December 9

Final Exams Begin

Tuesday, December 13

Final Exams End

Wednesday, December 2

Graduate Student Registration

Friday, January 4

January Degree Award Date

Sunday, January 15

First Day of Class

Monday, January 16

Last Day for Web Registration

Friday, January 20

Last Day to Add without Instructor permission

Friday, January 20

Last Day to drop/add without a “W”

Friday, January 27

Spring Break

Monday-Friday, March 5-9

Deadline to apply for May Degree

Thursday, March 1

Registration for Summer and Fall

Monday-Friday, April 9-April 20

Last Day for May Doctoral candidates to deliver dissertation drafts to Dean

Friday, April 6

Last Day to drop class with a “W”

Friday, April 27

Last Day of Classes

Friday, April 27

Last Day for May MS candidates to submit Thesis to Registrar’s Office

Friday, April 27

Last Day for May Doctoral Candidates to complete all degree requirements

Friday, April 27

Final Exams Begin

Tuesday, May 1

Final Exams End

Wednesday, May 9

University Day Commencement

Monday, May 21

Deadline to apply for September Degree

Monday, July 2





Fall-January 15th for financial aid, April 1st for admission only
Spring-November 1st for everyone

Financial Aid:

The department offers three types of financial aid-research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships

All generally include a monthly stipend and tuition.  Up to 20 hrs. per week of work assignments are associated with TA and RA positions.  Fellowships require no service.  Ph.D. applicants are given priority.  Financial aid is merit-based, not need-based.

General Information:

Offers of admission may be deferred for up to one full academic year.

Tuition rates for the 2010-2011 academic year are $1,220/credit.  All full-time students and International students are required to take 9 credits each semester to maintain full-time status.  International students who are admitted without financial aid will be required to submit an affidavit of support in the amount of roughly $40,000 which includes tuition, living expenses, insurance, and other fees for one year before any visa documents will be issued.

We STRONGLY recommend that you print out the PDF application and mail all materials to the address provided on ONE package.  WE WILL NOT MAIL ANY APPLICATIONS.  If you have questions concerning the program or application process, please contact the department Graduate Coordinator.  The correct mailing address for applications is as follows:

Lehigh University
ECE Graduate Coordinator
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Incomplete or late applications will not be processed or reviewed.  This includes applications without the $75 application fee which CANNOT be waived for any reason.  Once the application is submitted you will receive an e-mail confirming its receipt and verifying if all the required materials are present.  Please allow time for mailing delays and processing before receipt of e-mail.  All communication will be done via e-mail, so please provide one current e-mail address.  Decisions for Fall semester will be announced starting in April.  Decisions for the Spring semester will be announced mid-November.

All the Admissions information and application can be found on our website:

Degrees Offered:

MS, MEng, PhD in Electrical Engineering
MS, PhD in Computer Engineering
MS in Photonics
MS in Wireless & Network Engineering

Minimum Requirements:

BS in EE or related field

Course Experience Needed (Lehigh Equivalent):
Basic Circuit Theory (ECE 81)
Signals and Systems (ECE 108)
Electronic Circuits (ECE 123)
Circuits and Systems (ECE 125)
Physical Electronics (ECE 126)
Statistics (MATH 231 or 309)

2.75/4.0 required
3.5/4.0 major GPA preferred

Minimum Test Requirements
GRE General Test
New Format-1200 combined Q&V, 3.5/6.0 AW
Old Format-1600 combined total score
TOEFL (International students ONLY)
213 computer based test
550 paper based test
79 composite score
20 Writing, 20 Speaking, 20 Reading, 15 Listening

International students who do not take the new iBT TOEFL may also submit TSE results, but it is not required.

Application Fee:  US $75 which cannot be waived for any reason.
Data Sheet:  asks for personal data, proposed program information, test data, educational background, and work experience.
Transcripts:  official or attested transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended.  All transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes.
Letters of Recommendation:  2 letters of recommendation are required.  If you are currently in school, letters from academic advisors and other professors are preferred.  If you are currently in industry, letters from employers are acceptable.  All letters must be received in sealed envelopes with recommenders' signature across the seal.  We provide two recommendation forms in the PDF application that you may choose to use, however, letters on recommenders' letterhead is also acceptable.
Test scores:  official test scores sent from ETS or copies of official test scores are acceptable.  Scores must be current and valid.  TOEFL scores expire after 2 years and expired scores WILL NOT be accepted.  GRE test scores expire after 5 years.  TOEFL test scores will be waived ONLY if an International Applicant has completed a degree program at a U.S. university.
Essay/Statement of Purpose:  a brief statement of career and research objectives.  Essays should articulate clearly your experience and goals.  Half a page to two pages is sufficient.
Application for financial aidMUST be completed in order to be considered for any kind of aid.
Supplemental Information:  applicants should also include a resume or CV, current research or creative work, list of published works, and extracurricular activities.

Academic Requirements

Full-Time Certification
All International graduate students must maintain full-time status while attending Lehigh.  Full-time students must be registered for 9 credits (3 Courses) each semester or satisfy the requirements to be certified full-time.  If you need to be certified full-time you may pick up the appropriate form in the Department office and speak with the Graduate Coordinator to make sure you satisfy all requirements.  Domestic students who must maintain full-time status for insurance purposes, etc. must also be registered for 9 credits per semester or certified full-time.

All RAs and TAs must be full-time students as stated in your offer letter.  Failure to do so will make you ineligible for any assistantships.

All current students are asked to register for their semester courses at a specified date during the previous semester.  This date is listed on the Academic Calendar.  Failure to do so will result in a late fee of $100 assessed by the Registrar.

New graduate students register the week before classes begin.

All students will have the first week of classes to add and drop online if they wish.  You also have the second week of classes to add and drop but you must fill out a paper form and get signatures for approval.

All students are required to consult with their advisor before they may register for courses.  Advisors receive registration PIN#s that give you access to the online system, you must meet with them in order to get your PIN# EACH semester.

New graduate students are assigned a temporary advisor when they arrive on campus.  This temporary advisor is the current Graduate Faculty Advisor.  If and when you are ready to change your advisor you will need to have that professor e-mail the Graduate Coordinator stating they will be your advisor.

Supervising professors of Research Assistants will serve as their advisor.  All Ph.D. students are encouraged to determine their advisor as soon as possible so you can begin planning your program.

When a student is ready to graduate you will need to complete an Application for Degree form.  These forms are available in the Department office and must be completed by a set deadline.  This deadline is listed on the Academic Calendar.  Once this form is complete a list of other paperwork necessary to clear you for graduation will be provided.

Degree Requirements

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Photonics and Wireless & Network Engineering.  We offer Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

ALL graduate students in the department are required to attend department seminars.  Seminar announcements are sent to your e-mail accounts and are generally held on the same day of the week each time.  Students must attend at least 75% of all the seminars offered in a semester.

Master’s Degree
Candidates for the Master’s degree have six years to complete their program.  MS students may transfer up to 9 approved credits from a previous MS program into their Lehigh program.  This can be done by completing a petition form once you arrive.  Lehigh undergraduates may transfer up to 6 credits of 300 or 400-level courses taken during their undergraduate studies.  Please see the College Handbook for full rules regarding this policy.  Each program has their own department requirements, and all programs within the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences must follow the college requirements as well.  The College requirements can be found in the College Graduate Student Handbook.  If you do not have one of these you can get them in the Department office.

The MS degree is a 30 credit program with a Thesis option.  If you choose to do a Thesis you will take 6 credits of thesis hours in place of 2 courses.  Theses must be approved and turned in to the Registrar by the set deadline which can be found on the Academic Calendar.  A print out of Thesis guidelines and sample signature and title pages can be obtained in the Department Office.

The ECE Department has a core curriculum requirement for graduate students in each of the degree programs. The purpose of this requirement is to guarantee that all students pursuing graduate studies in the department acquire an appropriate breadth of knowledge of their discipline.

MS EE Department Course Requirements:

To satisfy the core curriculum requirements in Electrical Engineering, students must select three (3) courses from the following five (5) different areas:

ECE 401 Advanced Computer Architecture
ECE 402 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
ECE 420 Advanced Circuits and Systems
ECE 441 Fundamentals of Wireless Communications
ECE 451 Physics of Semiconductor Devices

MS Computer Engineering Course Requirements:

To satisfy the Computer Engineering core, a student must complete, with a grade of B or higher, the following 4 courses:

ECE 319 Digital System Design
ECE 401 Advanced Computer Architecture
CSE 303/403 Theory of Operating Systems
CSE 340 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

AND 2 courses in the Computer Hardware/Architecture area, 2 courses in a second area, and 1 course in a third area.  In each of the three areas at least one course must be at the 400 level.  Some courses may be listed in multiple categories; they can be used in only one. Each category also allows for appropriate CSE and ECE special topics courses and equivalent courses taken at other schools with approval of the computer engineering division. Courses taken as part of an undergraduate degree may be used to satisfy the core requirements.  A list of courses and what category they fall under can be found on the website here:

MS Photonics Course Requirements:

The MS in Photonics degree is an interdisciplinary program.  There are 15 required credits that students must take:

PHY 352 Modern Optics

PHY 355/455 Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

ECE 348/448 Lightwave Technology

ECE 372/472 Optical Networks

MAT 496 Photonic Materials

A minimum of three courses must also be selected from the following list:

ECE 371/471 Optical Information Processing

ECE 347/447 Introduction to Integrated Optics

ECE 407 Linear and Nonlinear Optics

ECE 451 Physics of Semiconductor Devices

PHY 363 Solid State Physics

PHY 369 Quantum Mechanics

PHY 421-422 Electricity and Magnetism

MAT 302 Electronic Properties of Materials

Mat 423-427 Electron Microscopy (TEM and SEM)
PHY 312/412 Adv. Laboratory in Photonics

ECE 373/473 Optical Communications Lab

MS Wireless & Network Engineering:

To satisfy the requirements of this degree the following 3 core courses must be taken as well as 7 additional elective courses in advanced topics in wireless and network engineering.

ECE 342 Communication Theory

ECE 441 Fundamentals of Wireless Communication

ECE/CSE 404 Computer Networks

Ph.D. Degree

A Ph.D. candidate is generally expected to devote three or more academic years to graduate study.  In no case is the degree awarded to one who has spent less than two full academic years of graduate work.
All post-baccalaureate work toward the doctorate must be completed within 10 years.  Doctoral students whose graduate study is carried out entirely at Lehigh University must register for a minimum of 72 credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree.  Students who have earned a Master’s degree at another institution must register for a minimum of 48 credits.

All Ph.D. candidates are also required to complete the Core Course Requirements stated in the Master’s section above.  For Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidates:

To satisfy the core curriculum requirements in Electrical Engineering, students must select three (3) courses from the following five (5) different areas:

ECE 401 Advanced Computer Architecture
ECE 402 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
ECE 420 Advanced Circuits and Systems
ECE 441 Fundamentals of Wireless Communications
ECE 451 Physics of Semiconductor Devices

Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidates must complete the Core Requirements in the Master’s section which can be found at the following web address:

General College guidelines and requirements for the Ph.D. degree can be found in the College Graduate Student Handbook which is available in the Department Office.  The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has the following requirements above and beyond the College and Core Course Requirements:

Qualifier Exams
All students in the Ph.D. program must take the appropriate Qualifier Exam during their first year of study as a Ph.D. student.  The exams are offered in five (5) different areas:

Circuits & Systems
Computer Architecture
Signal Processing & Communication
Solid State Devices

Each area has an assigned faculty member who will oversee the examination and communicate with those students signed up for the exam.  Exams will typically consist of reading assigned research papers, writing a response paper and taking an oral exam with the faculty committee.

Exams are offered only once per academic year-during the Spring semester.  Those students entering in the Fall semester are expected to take the exams that Spring.  Those students who enter during the Spring semester are expected to take the exams during the following Spring semester.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the office sometime in November/December and students are notified by the Graduate Coordinator when they are available.

Computer Engineering Ph.D. students may also take a qualifier in additional areas more specific to their research as long as they have three faculty members in either the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department or Computer Science & Engineering Department agree to form a committee to offer the specific exam.

The exam is on a pass/fail basis.  Students who do not pass the exam the first time will be able to take the exam again after a 5 month waiting period.  This will be organized with the help of the Graduate Coordinator and the Qualifier Committee involved on an individual basis.  If a student fails to retake the Qualifier Exam within a 12 month period, that student will be removed from the Ph.D. program, and will be forced to reapply.  If a student does not pass after the second attempt they will be unable to continue in the Ph.D. program.

Admission to Candidacy
Once a Ph.D. student has passed their Qualifier Exam they may begin preparing the Apply for Candidacy.  An information packet on the application process can be picked up in the Department Office.  A prospective candidate must submit a written program proposal to their Doctoral Committee (guidelines on the formation and membership of this committee can be found in the College Handbook) that includes a discussion of proposed dissertation research.  Once the Committee approves the proposal the candidate submits the proposal along with a completed signature page and the Application to Candidacy form to the College of Engineering Graduate Dean’s Office.  The Graduate Dean will then notify the student and their committee members in writing of the decision.

Once the student has completed their credit hour requirement for the Ph.D. degree (72 or 48) they may apply for Maintenance of Candidacy two times per year from that point on.  This means that the student is only required to be registered for one (1) credit Maintenance of Candidacy from that point on until they complete their program.

General Exam
The next step Ph.D. candidates must complete is passing a General Examination.  Guidelines for the General Exam can be found in the College Handbook.

Dissertation and Defense
Ph.D. candidates are required to write a dissertation prepared under the direction of their advisor (also typically the Chair of their Doctoral Committee).  Guidelines can be found in the College Handbook and all associated dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.

A print out of guidelines and sample title and signature pages can also be obtained in the Department Office.