The Program of Graduate Studies (PGS) offers the degree of M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Under the Greek Law Ν. 2083/92 the goal of the MSc degree is the further education and training of a student, or his/her specialization in one of the Divisions of the School. The aim of the Ph.D. degree is the development of scientists-researchers who will advance research and technology.

Admission Procedure
Applications for admission to the Program of Graduate Studies (PGS) are reviewed by the School's Graduate Studies Committee (GSC), which makes recommendations to the General Assembly of Special Composition (GASC – a variant of the general assembly which deals with graduate and research issues and which has no undergraduate student representation), which in turn decides on each case. The procedure followed by the Graduate Studies Committee is the following:

  1. Applications which do not indicate a faculty member as the requested research advisor are distributed to all faculty in order to determine a champion who would be interested to serve as the research advisor.
  2. Those applications which indicate a requested research advisor (and those only) are forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee. Applications for which there is no faculty interested in serving as research advisor are placed on file with no further action and the applicant is informed by mail from the School’s Secretary.
  3. The GSC examines the complete application folder of each applicant and has the right to ask required documents which might have not been included with the application, additional material, as well as to ask the applicant for an interview.
  4. The GSC makes a recommendation to the General Assembly of Special Composition for acceptance or not of the applicant. The GSC has the right to recommend to the GASC a list of undergraduate courses which are deemed necessary for the coverage of basic education in the scientific area of the candidate.
  5. The requested research advisor attends the GSC meeting and makes relevant recommendations. In his or her absence he or she makes a written recommendation in advance.
  6. In case an application under consideration has a member of the GSC as the requested research advisor, his or her corresponding reserve GSC committee member takes his or her place in the evaluation process.

Application Process
The required documents for admission application to the PGS of the ECE School are:

  1. Application deposited at the ECE School Secretary’s Office. The application should clearly indicate the desired Division of the School in which the candidate is interested, as well as his or her research interests. The application form is available at the ECE School Secretary’s Office as well as at the web site: www.ece.tuc.gr
  2. A certified copy of the first university degree or diploma. In case this degree originates from a corresponding non-Greek University, a certified copy of the equivalence certification granted by the DIKATSA/DOATAP organization needs to be submitted as well.
  3. Certified copies of Greek state-recognized graduate study titles, if such exist.
  4. Certified transcripts with full information on courses taken and grades earned for previous undergraduate (and if applicable, graduate) studies.
  5. Certificate of the School Secretary’s Office from the School in which the undergraduate studies were performed which shows the student’s ranking in his or her graduating class
  6. Certified copy of relevant diplomas or certificates which proves adequate knowledge of the English language for Greek students or the Greek language for non-Greek students.
  7. Curriculum Vita (Resume’). This should include the abstract of the diploma thesis (if such exists), and a short essay on the applicant’s scientific and professional interests, as well as the reasons for which the applicant is interested in graduate studies.
  8. Copies of publications, honors, and proof of prior professional experience (if any of these exist)
  9. Three (3) recommendation letters, of which two must be from the applicant’s undergraduate School. The special recommendation form is available from the ECE School Secretary’s Office and from the web site www.ece.tuc.gr. The recommendation letters can be sent directly by their writers to the address below:
    Office of the Secretary
    Technical University of Crete
    School of Electronic and Computer Engineering
    Akrotiri Campus
    73100 – Chania – Crete
    Greece

The ECE School has the right to call the applicants for interview at a suitable date time.

Categories of Schools whose Graduates can Apply
The PGS accepts students whose first degree is from Schools which include Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, of Greek and non-Greek Universities and of the University-level Military Academies, according to the provisions of Greek law N. 2916/2001, article 5.

Selection Criteria
The selection criteria which are evaluated in unison are:

  • University Degree or Diploma Grades
  • Coursework grades in the areas in which the applicant is interested for graduate studies
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Good knowledge of foreign languages and especially of the English language
  • Subject and quality of the diploma thesis (or equivalent, if applicable)
  • Other undergraduate-level projects and/or publications of the candidate from his or her undergraduate studies
  • Successful interview
  • Prior research or professional experience

The candidates register at the PGS of the ECE School following approval by the GASC, according to the process described above. Admission to the graduate program can be done for students who have not completed all undergraduate program graduation requirements, but are close to graduation. Registration to the graduate program, however, mandates completion of all requirements for the candidate’s first university degree, and this has to be done within three (3) months from the official acceptance of the candidate by the GASC.

Master of Science (MSc)
Studies for the M.Sc. degree are done under the provisions of Greek Law Ν. 2083/21.9.92. For the successful completion of the M.Sc. degree the requirements are:

  1. A minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) semesters, as described in Greek Law Ν. 2327/95 article 16, paragraph 2. In extreme cases and following a documented recommendation, the GASC can allow for an extension beyond the maximum of six (6) semesters, otherwise the student is not considered to be an active student of the School.
  2. Satisfaction of basic education coursework, if it is required. The GASC can on occasion mandate for a student to take additional coursework of the School’s Undergraduate Program in order to satisfy basic education requirements of the School. Such courses may be in addition to basic courses (undergraduate or graduate) which the student might have to take upon admission in order to cover gaps in the required basic education needed for graduate studies.
  3. Completion, with satisfactory progress of the coursework corresponding to:
      OPTION 1:
    • Three (3) to six (6) graduate courses which correspond to fifteen (15) to thirty (30) graduate instructional units.
    • Graduate (M.Sc.) research thesis, performed under the advice and supervision of a faculty advisor. The M.Sc. thesis is evaluated by a three-member committee, comprising of the faculty advisor and two other faculty members. The credit of the M.Sc. thesis is thirty (30) instructional units, and thus the total instructional units required for M.Sc. graduation under this option range from forty five (45) to sixty (60) instructional units. 
      Note: Each graduate course corresponds to five (5) instructional units.

      OPTION 2:
    • Seven (7) to ten (10) graduate courses which correspond to thirty five (35) to fifty (50) graduate instructional units.
    • Graduate (M.Sc.) research thesis, performed under the advice and supervision of a faculty advisor. The M.Sc. thesis is evaluated by a three-member committee, comprising of the faculty advisor and two other faculty members. The credit of the M.Sc. thesis is ten (10) instructional units, and thus the total instructional units required for M.Sc. graduation under this option range from forty five (45) to sixty (60) instructional units.
  4. Each M.Sc. graduate student, regardless of the option that he or she follows towards graduation, will have to successfully complete certain core courses which are determined by the Division of the ECE School under which the M.Sc. degree is done.
  5. One presentation in the field of the graduate student’s research, which is announced to the Technical University of Crete community and is attended by faculty and students.
  6. The transcripts given upon completion of the degree to the M.Sc. graduate, contain detailed information on coursework completed and grades earned, and they also indicate the School of ECE Division under which the M.Sc. was performed, which option was pursued, and the title of the M.Sc. thesis.

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