Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Clarkson University

Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 30
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Clarkson's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Growing Steadily since 1965

The goal of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been, and continues to be, to prepare students for successful careers in research, development, design, and education. Qualified applicants with a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering from an accredited institution, or who have equivalent qualifications, will be admitted into the program. The department is housed in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) building.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ranked among Top in the Nation

Clarkson University's highly ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on four fields of specialization -- environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural and materials engineering, and water resources engineering.

The experimental and computational facilities available to the students are state-of-the-art and aid in their research on engineering problems and applied science topics, such as bridge monitoring and infrastructure health; novel concrete for drainage and corrosion resistance; strength of materials ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials; indoor air quality; bioenergy production and the associated lifecycle environmental impacts; fate of contaminants in air, water, and soil systems; air quality monitoring and modeling; oil spill modeling and environmental impacts; and river and ocean ice dynamics.

Qualified applicants holding a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering, or equivalent qualifications, will be admitted. In addition, outstanding students with baccalaureate degrees from other areas of engineering or science will be considered for admission. M.S. and Ph.D. students may compete for research or teaching assistantships that include a full stipend and tuition waiver. Partial tuition waivers and graduate assistantships are also available.

Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Nurtures Student Success

Both students and alumni recognize that the tight-knit atmosphere and camaraderie in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) directly relates to the low student-to-faculty-ratio. The success of the department and its students are found in both government and private interests as the ECE directs a wide variety of funded research projects.

Graduate programs of study in this department at Clarkson lead to degrees in Master of Science, Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In order to facilitate the needs of the ECE department, research labs have local networks of Unix or NT workstations to support the specific computational needs of each lab.

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Students Receive Individual Attention from Faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

The individual attention from faculty yields positive results in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, as evidenced by the wide variety of ongoing, well-funded research projects that are serving both the government and private industry.

The faculty obtain over a million dollars each year in external support grants for research, which typically leads to more than seventy scholarly articles published in respected journals and over ninety speeches at universities and national/international meetings.

Labs for fluid mechanics, CAD, aerosol studies, microgravity studies, composite materials, metal joining, a class-10 clean room, a parallel computer, and several computational laboratories are among the departmental research facilities.

Graduate work in this department at Clarkson University includes both thesis research and coursework. Again, graduate students work closely with faculty to select research projects based on student interest and that of outside funding sources.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Available for Qualified Students

Qualified students who desire interdisciplinary graduate study in engineering apart from the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering will find M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities at Clarkson's School of Engineering.

One such program, the engineering and global operations management (EGOM) graduate program, is ideal for managers, engineers, and technical business leaders who work full-time yet desire to learn of the most recent developments in technology and management.

A second interdisciplinary graduate program, environmental science and engineering, explores how science and engineering interact with the environment in a broad context, covering multiple disciplines. Graduates with a broad background in this field are better qualified to understand how engineering and science impact and inform policy decisions.

Clarkson University recognizes that in this computer age, all organizations depend on the flow of information. Therefore, the information technology (IT) graduate program offers a broad-based curriculum for this degree, with courses including Math and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Communication and Media, and Management Information Systems. This practically-oriented program emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Clarkson University has long been nationally and internationally renowned for its graduate research in the Materials field. Clarkson now offers a PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering, with participating faculty from a variety of departments in Science and Engineering. In addition to excellent mentors, Materials PhD students have access to world class facilities for Materials study and characterization.

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Location & Contact

Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY 13699
United States

Dr. William Jemison


Phone: 315-268-6446
Fax: 315-268-4494
Email: wjemison@clarkson.edu

Kelly Sharlow

Assistant to the Dean

Phone: 315-268-7929
Fax: 315-268-4494
Email: ksharlow@clarkson.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering (ME)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees 17
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


67% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 231
    • Accepted 155
    • Acceptance Rate 67
    • Enrolled 42
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $25
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 30th January 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 1st September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, transcripts of all college coursework, resume, and personal statement, three letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, transcripts of all college coursework, resume, and personal statement, three letters of recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students166
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students166
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian85%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty126
    • Full-time Percentage85%
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAdvanced materials processing, renewable energy rehabilitation, environmental issues
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported