Graduate Admission Information

How to Apply

All students wishing to be accepted into the graduate program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering must apply through the School of Graduate Studies. The online application available through the Graduate School's web site is the only application needed to be accepted into the program. There is a $55.00 application fee for all students. Once the application and fee have been processed by the Graduate School, applicants will be considered by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

Minimum Requirements

The ranking of students is based on the GRE, GPA, and other application information. The Graduate School's minimum criteria for the verbal and quantitative areas of the GRE percentile score are 40%; however, the department may require higher percentile scores depending upon qualifications of the applicant pool. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required by the Graduate School and the ECE Department. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all international applicants. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is: internet-based score of 80, Computer-based score of 213, and paper-based score of 550. The ECE Department prefers the TOEFL over the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's admission deadlines are:

  • July 1st for Spring semester which begins in January, and
  • January 1st for Fall semester which begins at the end of August.

Please note that these deadlines are earlier than those of the School of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid

Several different types of finncial aid are available, including fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. All financial aid decisions are made based on the academic credentials of the applicant. Most graduate students in the department are on some type of financial aid. Since all students are considered for available financial aid, no separate application is necessary. For more information, please see the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Non-ECE Undergraduate Majors

Non-ECE Undergraduate Majors may be accepted PROVISIONALLY into the ECE Graduate Program if they meet the required qualifications set by the ECE Graduate Committee and complete the following pre-requisites with a B or better grade. An articulation of these courses is available here.

  • ECE 3410 Microelectronics I (4)

    Fundamentals of transistors, operational amplifiers, and other integrated circuits, along with their utilization in amplifiers, switches, and other applications. Three lectures, one lab.
    *Prerequisites: ECE 2250. Co-requisite or prerequisite: ECE 3620.

  • ECE 3620 - Circuits and Signals (3)

    Continuation of basic circuit concepts. Second-order response, time-domain analysis of higher-order systems. Impulse response and convolution. Transform domain analysis of circuits and other systems. Some lab and computational work required.
    *Prerequisites: MATH 2250, ECE 2250, CS 1410. Co-requisite or prerequisite: PHYS 2220. (F)

  • ECE 3640 Signals and Systems (3)

    Systems realizations. Time and transform domain analysis of discrete-time systems. Vector-space concepts and Fourier series. Fourier transforms in continuous and discrete time. Some lab and computational work required.
    *Prerequisites: ECE 3620

  • ECE 3710 Microcomputing Hardware and Software (4)

    Synthesis of microcomputer systems, including interfacing, component analysis, signaling requirements, and programming. Covers architecture basics, including instruction sets, assembly language programming, loading, timing, and interrupts. Includes hands-on implementation. Three lectures, one lab.
    *Prerequisites: ECE 2250, 2700, and CS 1410

  • ECE 3870 Electromagnetics I (3) (EE Majors)

    Discussion of Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, power and energy, reflection and refraction processes, transmission lines, waveguides, and antennas. Explores electrostatic and magnetostatic fields produced by charge and current distributions, as well as electromagnetic forces and materials. Laboratory work required.
    *Prerequisites: ECE 2250, Math 2210, Phys 2220

  • CS 3100 - Operating Systems and Concurrency (3) (CE Majors)

    Design and implementation of operating systems. UNIX will be used as one example, but all categories of operating systems will be discussed. Presentation of the concept of concurrency as it applies to operating system design and application. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; grade of C- or better in CS 2420.
    Not available to pre-Computer Science majors. (F,Sp)

  • ECE 5530 Digital System Design (3)

    Presents modern top-down, bottom-up approach to design of digital systems, emphasizing programmable devices. Extensive use of CAD tools. Designing with ABEL, and introduction to designing with Verilog HDL. Laboratory work required.
    *Prerequisites: ECE 2700

Depending on the specialization of the undergraduate degree, certain courses may be waived if the course or the equivalent was taken.

Courses may also be waived by passing an exam at the discretion of the course instructor.

*Each course has prerequisites.

Revised 7-25-2008

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