Degrees & Programs

Admission to Northeastern is selective and competitive. Each year, the entering fall class consists of approximately 2,800 new freshmen and 600 new transfer students. In building a diverse and talented incoming class, the Admissions Committee seeks to enroll students who have been successful academically and who have been actively involved in school activities and in their communities. The typical Northeastern admitted student has been extremely successful in a challenging course load. When considering applicants for freshman admission, the committee considers whether the applicant's high school transcript reflects the various academic opportunities offered such as honors, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, or college level courses.

When reviewing transfer students, the committee takes into consideration such factors as the candidate's academic transcript, letters of recommendation, resume, and essay. Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application and all supporting materials well before the deadline, as the number of students admitted to each program is limited. Prospective Northeastern students apply to a specific college at the University. Each college has its own criteria for admission to set a student up for success. For the College of Engineering, the high school transcript is the most important element of an application. The admissions committee will recalculate your grade point average, weighting math, science, honors, and AP courses the heaviest. Engineering applicants must complete four years of math (geometry, algebra 1, algebra 2, and a fourth year of trigonometry and/or analysis and/or pre-calculus). Engineering applicants must also take physics as part of a full sequence of science. The committee recommends students taking the most rigorous math and science curriculum offered by the high school.

Why should I study electrical engineering?

Electrical engineers are developing the next generation of microprocessors, signal processing algorithms for DNA-matching, and ground-penetrating radars for detecting hazardous wastes.

Electrical engineering students at Northeastern study microelectronics, signal processing, power electronics and electromagnetics, fundamental elements of today's information age that provide the tools that make these advances possible. As an EE student, you will build the strong foundation in science and mathematics necessary to succeed as an engineer.

Students with an EE degree are aggressively recruited by employers across the country, and the demand for electrical engineers is expected to increase in the next decade. Whether you want to work in chip fabrication, telecommunications, or radar system development, you can expect to find a wide range of employment opportunities throughout your career.

Why should I study computer engineering?

In the past ten years the internet has revolutionized all aspects of our lives, from the way we communicate to the way we do business. Wireless communication, online commerce, medicine, and multimedia are examples of new applications that have transformed our world. Computer engineers developed the fundamental technologies that made the web possible, including high performance microprocessors, gigabit networks and object-oriented computer languages.
As a computer engineering student at Northeastern you will study computer architecture, software engineering, computer-aided design (VLSI), microprocessor-based design, and applied algorithms. In addition to a broad background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, this curriculum gives you solid foundation in both hardware and software design. RISC microprocessors, object-oriented Java and cellular networks are just three of the technologies you will encounter in the program.
Demand for computer engineers has increased dramatically in recent years. Students with a strong background in computer engineering are aggressively recruited by cutting edge computer companies nationwide.

Why should I study ECE at Northeastern University?

Besides the top quality education you will receive in the classroom, Northeastern engineers receive up to two years of real-world co-op experience. Northeastern's commitment to Cooperative Education is second to none. You will have an opportunity to test-drive careers in development and research, hardware and software, design and test. Your co-op can take you to many of the leading technology firms and development laboratories in Massachusetts, the US, and even the world. The value of your cooperative education experiences cannot be overstated. On co-op, you will learn requisite skills that cannot be learned in a classroom. You will be earning money while you are still in school. Your co-op experiences enable you to select a career path that is right for you, while giving you a competitive edge upon graduation. Northeastern's location in the heart of a high-tech region provides our students with a number of unique advantages as well. The University has close ties with nearly all computer and electronic technology companies in the area, including several successful companies founded by Northeastern alumni.

Working in a real world co-op position gives your career a head start. The level of responsibility you assume grows as your engineering and professional skills develop. In your first co-op position, you might be an engineering assistant. By your senior year, you may find yourself assuming the same responsibilities as a new engineering graduate. You may explore different types of companies and work environments. You may be employed at large or small companies, working in design, product development, test, or research. Students who choose a minor may opt for an interdisciplinary work setting.

What are typical coop positions that ECE students are offered?

Barrett Technology: assembled, tested, and diagnosed problems on robotic hands using Visual C++.

Bose Corporation: Performed in-car temperature sensitivity of Bose digital amplifiers.

Cadence Design Systems: Created physical circuit layouts for a random access memory chip, performed design verification using Verilog.EMC Corporation: developed programming interfaces and bring-up tests for prototype storage adapter boards. Harvard Medical School: Investigated an ultrasound hyperthermia therapy for treating cancerous tumors.

Mitre Corporation: Designed and constructed a crisis management website to be used by U.S. Army National Guard first responders during crisis situations.Sun Microsystems: Supported the board design team by breadboarding the Power Distribution Board circuitry to determine functionality and reliability.

Sybase Inc: Developed a plug-in for Ardent Datastage product using ODBC and Sybase Open Client/Open Server.

What have our alumni done after graduating with an ECE degree?

Roger W. Blethen BS'74
CEO & Founder
LTX Corporation
Westwood, MA

Robert Brooks BS'58, Hon. 97
CEO & Founder
Brooks Fibre Properties
St. Louis, MO

William J. Cadogan BS'72
ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

Michael J. Cronin BS'61
Founder and CEO
Cognition Corporation
Cambridge, MA

Victor A. Demarines MS'62
MITRE Corporation
Bedford, MA

Richard J. Egan BS'61,Hon.'95
CEO & Co-Founder
EMC Corporation
Hopkinton, MA

Jerald G.Fishman MS'70
Analog Devices, Inc.
Norwood, MA

Michael J. Mazzariello BS'82
Vice President
MidAtlantic Bank
Cedar Knolls, NJ

Yale Patt, BS'62
Regents Professor
University of Texas
Austin, TX

Leonard C. Perham BS'68
Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

Dennis J. Picard LI 59, Hon.'89
Chairman (retired)
Raytheon Company
Lexington, MA

Robert J. Shillman BS'68
CEO & Founder
Cognex Corporation
Natick, MA

Walter E. Skowronski BS'72
Vice President and Treasurer
Boeing Corporation
Seattle, WA

Lisa A. Torraca BS'86
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI

Stephen T. Walker BS'66
CEO & Founder
Trusted Information Systems
Glenwood, MD