FAQ on GT MS Degree
- Q: Is the GT degree that you offer in Shenzhen a regular GT degree?
A: Yes. The MS degree that we offer at GT-Shenzhen is the same as what we offer at GT-Atlanta. GT-Shenzhen and GT-Atlanta impose the same admission and degree requirements. Courses are taken from the GT course catalog and are taught in English by GT professors or adjunct professors. The main differences are: location, student body demographics, and tuition rate.
- Q: Does the diploma indicate that it is for the Shenzhen or China campus?
A: No, the diploma does not contain words about Shenzhen or China. All diplomas are issued from the Georgia Tech Registrar’s Office in Atlanta and they look identical to those that are earned by GT-Atlanta students.
- Q: Tianjin University is the sponsor of this program on the Chinese side. Is the degree a joint degree with Tianjin University?
A: No, this is not a joint degree program. Students will receive a standard Georgia Tech MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be up to 20 students in the program who are dual-enrolled at Tianjin University and at Georgia Tech and these students will receive both the Tianjin University and the Georgia Tech graduate degrees, but the two degrees are completely independent of each other. For the vast majority of students (up to 100) in this program, they will be only studying with Georgia Tech faculty in Shenzhen.
- Q: Will the Chinese government recognize my GT diploma if I only studied in Shenzhen?
A: Yes. According to relevant regulations of the Chinese government, the diploma that you will receive from the GT-Shenzhen MS ECE program will be recognized because this is a program approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE). Our permit number is MOE44US1A20131462N. Once you have enrolled in the program, we will submit your information to the MOE database. When you receive your GT diploma, you can apply for your diploma to be certified by the MOE because there is a record of your enrollment in this MOE approved program.
- Q: Who will be my thesis advisor in the GT-Shenzhen MS ECE program?
A: We will only implement the non-thesis option for the GT-Shenzhen MS ECE program meaning you only need to take 30 credit hours of GT coursework according to the MS ECE degree requirements and no thesis is required. If you take a professor’s course and do well in the course, you may approach the professor and ask for research tasks to gain research experience – this can be done informally and will not lead to an MS thesis.
- Q: Is the GT ECE non-thesis MS degree inferior to the thesis MS degree?
A: No. Whether you choose the thesis or the non-thesis option, you earn the same MS degree / diploma. For the non-thesis option, 30 credit hours of coursework are required. For the thesis option, 18 credit hours of coursework are required; an additional 12 hours are credited towards thesis work. The vast majority of GT – Atlanta ECE Masters students choose the non-thesis option. At GT-Shenzhen, only the non-thesis option is offered.
- Q: On the ECE graduate application form, we were asked to select two Technical Interest Areas (TIAs). Do we have to take most of our courses under those TIAs?
A: No. The TIAs you indicate on the application form are meant to help faculty members identify students interested in their areas of research. Those selections are not binding for your degree. In fact, to fulfill the MS ECE degree requirements, you will need to select courses from a minimum of three TIAs.
- Q: For the “Minor” component of the ECE MS degree requirements, can the 6 credit hours of coursework be from two different disciplines (for example, CS and ISyE)?
A: No. The 6 hours (usually two 3-hour courses) must be from a single discipline outside of ECE.
- Q: I will receive my GT MS degree in May. When will I be getting the diploma?
A: According to the information for degree candidates, diplomas are mailed out approximately 6-8 weeks after the graduation ceremony. Add another 2-4 weeks time for the parcel to reach you in China by regular air mail. The physical size of the diploma is quite large, so it will be rolled up in a tube and shipped as a parcel. By the time that you receive the diploma, it may be July or August.
- Q: How do I receive the GT diploma?
A: The diploma will be sent to you by mail. Please enter an accurate shipping address where you can receive your diploma approximately 2-3 months after the degree date. Instructions for entering the Diploma Mailing Address are given below:
Go to https://oscar.gatech.edu
Select “Secured Access Login”
Select “Personal Information”
Select “Update Address & Phone”
Select “Diploma Mailing” from the pull-down list at the bottom of the page
Be sure to enter the diploma mailing address before the end of the term in which you plan to graduate.
If you do not feel that regular international air mail is very reliable, you may consider having the diploma shipped to a friend’s address in the US, and then have the friend send the diploma to you using a secure delivery service such as DHL, Federal Express etc.
- Q: I am a current GT-Shenzhen student and have submitted my degree petition materials. I am looking for a job (or PhD position) and the prospective employer requires me to provide a “degree pending verification”. How do I do that?
A: You will need to complete two forms. First, the “Change of Anticipated Graduation Date” form as explained here. The expected date of graduation was automatically calculated at the time of acceptance – correct it if necessary to reflect your actual progress. Next, follow the instructions posted here to request a verification of pending degree. A sample completed form is shown here. You should send in both forms, and only after you have submitted your degree petition materials.
- Q: I am a recent GT-Shenzhen graduate. I have not received my GT diploma yet but my employer requires me to provide proof of my GT degree. How do I do that?
A: There is now a new online service that allows you to print your degree verification. Follow instructions on the Registrar’s Degree Verification page.
- Q: I am a recent GT-Shenzhen graduate. It has been over 3 months and I have not received my GT diploma yet. I am afraid the address I entered may have been incorrect. How do I reorder?
A: The diploma reorder form is located on the Forms & Student Records page of the Registrar’s website. There is a $100 replacement fee.
You may mail your form and fee to:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Office of the Registrar – Degree Certification
225 North Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0315 USA
Due to the unreliability of US mail to China, we suggest you provide a US caretaker’s address on the diploma reorder form and have the caretaker express mail to China for you.
- Q: I am a recent GT-Shenzhen graduate and my employer requires me to provide an official GT transcript. How do I do that?
A: As soon as your degree has been awarded, you can order a GT transcript that shows your GT degree. Look for the “Georgia Tech Degrees Granted” section of the transcript. If it is written “MSECE ECE 201505”, it means you have been awarded the MSECE degree by the Electrical & Computer Engineering program in the Summer 2015 term. The term code has the format yyyy0x, where yyyy is the 4-digit year, x=2 for spring, x=5 for summer, x=8 for fall.
Follow the Registrar’s instructions for ordering your transcripts via the web.
(i) You can ask for the transcript to be mailed directly to any organization that requires it by entering that entity’s mailing address.
(ii) You can receive a transcript that is addressed to you.
(iii) You can have the transcript mailed to the GT-Shenzhen office: Chelcea Warren, Georgia Tech – Shenzhen Program Coordinator, 777 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30332-0250. Our Atlanta office sends express mail packages regularly to our Shenzhen office and can add your transcript to the mail.