ECSE faculty tend to be responsible for more graduate students than their theoretical colleagues. Although at least some of the time spent supervising Ph.D. students contributes directly to the faculty member's research, as is the case for non-ECSE faculty, the situation is quite different with respect to master's students, whom ECSE faculty tend to take on in relatively large numbers. (These students are frequently continuing education students from industry.) Master's student projects may or may not contribute to the research of an ECSE faculty member, but they nonetheless require supervision and guidance, often at an intensity comparable to that required by Ph.D. students, although not for as long.

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