Graduate Students


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the core engineering programs within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota. The combination of academic departments and research centers within CSE, supported by the resources of a large, comprehensive university, provides our students with unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and education.

We have world renowned faculty engaged in research in seven areas, pushing the frontiers on life-changing and lifesaving devices, and technologies. Working closely with them are our graduate students; we have more than 400 graduate students, from 36 different countries. On completion of their degree, our students go on to successful careers in industry and academia. You will find our alumni pursuing careers in international companies such as Intel, IBM, and Google, with offices located across the country and local companies such as Seagate, Target Corporation, Medtronic, and 3M among several others.


We require students who are currently in our graduate programs to read through the ECE Graduate Student Handbook closely. Please familiarize yourself with requirements, policies, opportunities, and deadlines as relevant to your specific program: master’s or doctoral.

The ECE Prospective Graduate Students site contains extensive information on the application process, admission criteria, research opportunities, financial aid, and recreational opportunities in and around the University.

We invite you to apply to our master’s and doctoral programs and open the door to these and other exciting opportunities. The application deadline for our graduate programs for the fall semester is December 1. We begin accepting applications for admission beginning November 1. We do not admit students to other terms except for students living in Minnesota who work in industry, and plan on pursuing the graduate degree at part time status.


UNITE is a College of Science and Engineering distance education office offering several Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate courses plus other CSE courses each semester.  Students may complete all coursework through UNITE toward a Plan C masters degree as well as combine courses taken through UNITE with courses taken on campus toward their degree.