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Academic Advising

Academic advising is designed to guide students through difficult academic challenges and issues related specifically to their academic progress. All academic advising is performed in person and by appointment only. To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor click here.

Program of Study

The ECET program of study is an ABET accredited Engineering Technology program. All students are required to take and pass a predetermined course of study to obtain their ECET degree from NJIT.

Courses in the program are divided into three categories: ECET required courses, electives, and general university requirements.

Required Courses

Major tract required courses for the ECET program cover a majority of the technical content in the degree. These courses cover material focusing on electrical, computer, mechanical and design related subject matters.

General University Requirements (GUR)

General university requirements are courses outside of the major tract courses, which are required by the university for all students. These courses cover general education, humanities, history, writing, economics, and English.  A full description of the requirements is available here.


The ECET program has a total of eight electives, three are required at the 200 or higher level and five are required at the 300 or higher level. The electives are divided into three categories: free electives, technical electives, and ECET electives.

Free Electives

Free electives may be satisfied by any course offered at the university. The ECET program contains two free electives, one at the 200 or higher level and one at the 300 or higher level.

Technical Electives

Technical electives can be satisfied only by courses with a technical subject matter; this excludes humanities, history, economics, social sciences, literature, and any other non-technical subject. Math and sciences are considered technical subjects. The ECET program contains four technical electives: two at the 200 or higher level and two at the 300 or higher level.

ECET Electives

ECET electives are 300 and 400 level courses offered by the ECET program that are not previously required courses within the program.  All ECET students are required to take at least two of these courses for their degree. ECET elective courses taken in addition to the two required can fill any of the elective requirements.

Co-Op Work Experience (Internship)

Co-Op Work Experience is not required as part of the ECET program, although it is highly recommended. Students can participate in a sixteen-week paid internship at a variety of local companies. Students who pass Co-Op can use the credit to fulfill any of the six non-ECET required electives.

To apply for Co-Op students must first visit the Career Development Services office at NJIT and fill out a Co-Op application. The application will be sent to your academic advisor for approval and you will be notified of the decision.

Career Development Services

The Career Development Services office is located at:

323 Martin L. King Blvd
Fenster Hall, Room 200
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596- 3227

The main contact for ECET students is Jo-Ann Raines.

Co-Op Classes

The ECET Co-Op classes are ECET 395 and ECET 495.  Students may take up to two Co-Op courses; however only the first Co-Op counts for course credit towards a degree.  ECET 395 is three credits. ECET 495 is zero credits and is used for a students second Co-Op.

Senior Project

The ECET program culminates with a two-semester project sequence comprised of Senior Project 1 (ECET 401) and Senior Project 2 (ECET 402).

Senior Project 1

Senior Project 1 is an intensive study in product development and design. Students cultivate an original idea for an electronic or electromechanical product, which is pre-approved for sufficient technical complexity by the instructor. Throughout the semester students are guided through system engineering, social, and economic considerations to complete a rigorous study in product development. The project is concluded with delivery of technical and management plans for the design and construction of a functioning prototype.

Senior Project 2

Senior Project 2 is the implementation of the design developed in Senior Project 1. Students work to build a functioning prototype throughout the semester, concluding with a professional presentation and technical critique of the design and implementation.

Applying for Senior Project 1

Registration for Senior Project 1 is restricted to students who are considered seniors within the ECET program; this is more restrictive than being considered a senior academically by the university. To be considered a senior within the ECET program a student must be able to graduate from program in no more than two semesters (upon completion of Senior Project 2, which must be taken the semester after Senior Project 1).

Students must apply to take Senior Project 1. If accepted a registration permit will be issued to allow the student to register. To apply for Senior Project you must use the online Senior Project Application on the Engineering Technology Support System. Visit the Information for Students page for access to the support system.

Once you have submitted the request, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. During the appointment, your advisor will perform a preliminary graduation check. If you are accepted into Senior Project 1 your advisor will issue you a permit to register for Senior Project 1. There is no alternative method for completion of this requirement.

Registering for Senior Project 2

If you have taken and passed Senior Project 1 you will automatically be issued a permit to register for Senior Project 2 once course registration begins.  If registration opens and you are not able to register for Senior Project 2, request a closed course permit for ECET 402 through the Engineering Technology Support System.


Applying for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation by submitting a signed Application for Graduation to the Registrar. To have your application signed schedule an appointment with your academic advisor and bring a filled out hard copy of the application to the meeting.  If you are positive you are ready to graduate you may request a signature electronically, without and appointment, through the Engineering Technology Support System. The support system can be accessed through the Info for Students page.

Graduation Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to the Registrar by:

  • October 15th (January Graduation - Completed graduation requirements in the fall semester)
  • January 31st (May Graduation - Completed graduation requirements in the spring semester)
  • June 15th (August Graduation - Completed graduation requirements in summer term)

Graduation Ceremony

Students must have finished all requirements for their degree to participate in the graduation ceremony.