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California State University, Long Beach

Electrical Engineering (EE)

Advancement to Candidacy, Writing Proficiency Exam, Technical Writing

In order to advance to candidacy, each student must submit the form "Application for Candidacy" to the EE Graduate Coordinator. Each student must be enrolled in a course in the semester in which advancement to candidacy is sought. The form contains what becomes the student's formal program or contract for graduation. Any subsequent changes to that program must be approved using the "Change of Program" form. The student is advised to advance to the Candidate status as soon as the 9 units of course work (in residence at CSULB) is completed along with the other requirements. Advancing to candidacy should not be postponed. Meeting all deadlines is the sole responsibility of each student.

The following are the requirements:

  1. At least 9 units of graduate courses have been completed at CSULB.
  2. Overall graduate GPA must be at least 3.0. Note: No 100 or 200 level courses may be used in computing the GPA.
  3. All deficiencies must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be satisfied. The requirement can be met by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) or by taking an approved course with sample work reviewed and certified by the GWAR Committee or by achieving 4.0 or more in Analytic Writing part of GRE or GMAT. (The official GRE/GMAT score must be received by the Enrollment Services.) All students are required to attempt the WPE during the first semester unless they already have met the GWAR requirement. Failure to do so results in a hold on future registration. Students who have a B.S. degree from any CSU campus need not take the WPE since they have passed the exam as part of their B.S. requirement.
  5. Each student must provide a demonstration of Technical Writing ability via one of the following:
    1. Passing a technical writing course with a letter grade of A, B, or C (auditing the course is not sufficient). English 317, 417, 418, or 419 are recommended. Any other course must be approved in advance. The graduate advisor may approve an equivalent course taken previously at another institution. It is strongly recommended that the GWAR requirement have been met prior to taking the technical writing course.
    2. Providing examples of technical writing performed in industry or publications where the writer's contribution is evident. Author's name must be clearly seen and the writing samples must be 50 to 100 pages in total length (could be an assortment of 5 or 10 page documents). Figures, charts and graphs are not considered as writing samples.
    3. Technical Writing is waived for thesis option.
      The file includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
      The file includes the student's photograph.

*Note: although every effort is made to keep this Web site up to date, you should also consult the online catalog for official information and program requirements, which may vary depending on the year you enter(ed) the program.

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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) Handbook

(For students enrolled before Fall 2016)

  1. Thesis Requirements
  2. Project Option
  3. Final Comprehensive Examination
  4. GPA Requirement, Grad Check, Continuous Enrollment, GS700, Educational Leave, 7-Year Limit, Normal Academic Load