Graduate School of Engineering Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
student ratio
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August 1
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8 Departments and Programs
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The School of Engineering at Santa Clara University

The School of Engineering at Santa Clara University prepares students for outstanding careers, excellent citizenship, and service to society. It combines innovative curricula with outstanding instruction and personalized attention. This ensures that each student receives the theoretical education, practical experience, and ethical acumen to create successful careers in private industry and government agencies.

Master of Science (MS) Programs in Engineering

MS programs in engineering advance engineers' technical knowledge, skills, and experience in the following areas:

- Applied Mathematics

- Bioengineering

- Civil Engineering

- Computer Science and Engineering

- Electrical Engineering

- Engineering Management

- Mechanical Engineering

- Sustainable Energy

Students work with faculty advisers to create individualized curricula reflecting their academic and career interests, needs, and goals. They complete at least 45 quarter units of coursework, with the option to write a thesis (except in the engineering management and leadership program). At least 36 of the 45 quarter units must be earned at Santa Clara University. As many as nine quarter units earned at other accredited institutions may be applied to the program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Engineering

PhD programs are ideal for engineers who want to gain expertise in specific areas of their fields. Programs are offered in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Program curricula include research and thesis preparation based on this research. They also include advanced coursework in engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences.

Engineer's Degree

The Engineer's Degree program, which consists of 45 quarter units beyond the master's-level degree, is designed for practicing engineers. It is offered in the computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering departments.

To graduate, students complete approved programs of study and demonstrate records of technical achievement in their fields. Demonstration of technical achievement includes writing a paper that an established engineering journal accepts for publication.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs provide intensive knowledge in specific areas. They are designed for professionals who want to strengthen their skills or change careers. Certificate programs are offered in interdisciplinary areas, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Interdisciplinary certificates include "Frugal Innovation" and "Renewable Energy." Computer engineering certificates are offered in "Information Assurance," "Networking," and "Software Engineering." Electrical engineering certificates include "ASIC Design and Test," "Analog Circuit Design," and "Digital Signal Processing Applications." Additional areas are "Digital Signal Processing Theory," "Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering," and "Microwave and Antennas."

Mechanical engineering certificates are offered in "Controls," "Dynamics," "Materials Engineering," and "Mechanical Design Analysis." Additional areas are "Mechatronics Systems Engineering," "Technology Jump-Start," and "Thermofluids."

Graduate Minor

The graduate minor in "Science, Technology, and Society" helps students acquire a more in-depth understanding of engineering's influence on society (and vice versa). It allows students to obtain or strengthen the ethical, interpersonal, and teamwork skills required to effectively operate in a complex and interrelated world. The program's curriculum focuses on the following areas:

- Engineering and Ethics

- Science and Religion

- Social and Philosophical Issues in Science and Engineering

- Sustainability and Engineering

Accomplished Faculty

The School of Engineering's accessible, accomplished, and caring faculty members are dedicated to helping students excel academically, professionally, and socially . As outstanding teachers and researchers, their work contributes to engineering education and practice as well as people and communities.

Dr. Aleksandar Zecevic is one of the School of Engineering's influential faculty members. He is a professor of electrical engineering and the associate dean for graduate studies. His research focuses on Boolean networks, complex dynamic systems, electric power systems, and graph theoretic decomposition algorithms.

Dr. Zecevic has published more than 40 papers in these fields and written the book, "Control of Complex Systems: Structural Constraints and Uncertainty." He has also published two books on the subject of science and religion .

Financial Aid

Graduate students in the School of Engineering may qualify for the following federal loan programs: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Other potential financing options include loans from private lenders and employer tuition reimbursement programs.

Student Life at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University provides the services and resources students need to achieve their goals and create balanced lives. Counseling and health services as well as Campus Ministry help students maintain health and enrich spirituality. Career counseling, and housing services are also provided.

Co-curricular activities include fitness classes, intramural and club sports, recreational activities, and student clubs. Arts and culture opportunities include the President's Speakers Series; the de Saisset Museum; and dance, musical, and theatrical performances.

The School of Engineering also offers co-curricular activities including academic competitions, awards ceremonies , community outreach, conferences, and seminars.

Santa Clara University

The Society of Jesus founded Santa Clara University in 1851. Today, this Jesuit Catholic university offers more than 8,000 students rigorous bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education and counseling, engineering, law and theology.

The university is recognized nationally for having the fourth highest graduation rate among master's universities in the US. Furthermore, "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" ranked Santa Clara University as one of the 25 Best College Values in the West/Southwest (in 2015) and number 38 nationwide.

Great Location

Santa Clara University's 106-acre campus is located in Santa Clara, California, which is situated in the western region of the United States . The university's picturesque campus has more than 50 buildings including a student center, athletic facilities, two libraries, and several residence halls.

Students can venture off campus and enjoy Santa Clara's many recreational opportunities including the Bay Area Sports: San Jose SaberCats, San Jose Earthquakes, San Jose Giants, San Jose Sharks, SF Giants, SF 49ers, Oakland A's and Oakland Raiders. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the best theme rides next to the ocean. For a great selection of diverse cultural, dining and entertainment activities., Harris-Lass House Museum.

Location & Contact


Graduate School of Engineering

Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

Dr. Alex Zecevic

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Phone: 408-554-2394

Ms. Stacey Tinker

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Phone: 408-554-4748
Fax: 408-554-4323

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Engineering Engineer
    • Thermofluids Certificate
    • Controls Certificate
    • Analog Circuit Design Certificate
    • Software Engineering Certificate
    • Dynamics Certificate
    • Materials Engineering Certificate
    • ASIC Design And Test Certificate
    • Microwave And Antennas Certificate
    • Networking Certificate
    • Mechatronics Systems Engineering Certificate
    • Digital Signal Processing Certificate
    • Information Assurance Certificate
    • Technology Jump-Start Certificate
    • Fundamentals Of Electrical Engineering Certificate
    • Renewable Energy Certificate
    • Mechanical Design Analysis Certificate
    • Electrical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Science And Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Civil Engineering Master of Science (MS)
    • Sustainable Energy Master of Science (MS)
    • Engineering Management Master of Science (MS)
    • Applied Mathematics Master of Science (MS)
    • Bioengineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 283
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * 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? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,248
    • Accepted 642
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 375
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st July 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline October 28th September 23rd Not Reported
    • Spring deadline February 25th January 21st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, transcript
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, master's degree or equivalent
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesmaster's degree, published paper
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 2
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students937
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students937
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian34%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian37%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty139
    • Full-time Percentage42%
    • Part-time Percentage58%
    • Female Percentage27%
    • Male Percentage73%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchVideo encoding, nanostructures, robotics, microfluidics, water resources
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,647,537