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. We offer two graduate degree programs, MS and PhD.

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. Our graduate students work closely with our world renowned faculty who are engaged in research, pushing the frontiers on life-changing and lifesaving devices, and technologies. We have more than 400 graduate students, from 36 different countries. After earning their degree, our students go on to successful careers in industry and academia. You will find our alumni pursuing careers in companies such as Intel, IBM, Google, Seagate, Target Corporation, Medtronic, and 3M among several others.

RESOURCES FOR PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS

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. In addition to the links below, please scroll further down the page to review requirements that apply to both degree programs.

Approved non-EE Course List (Applies to All Degrees)

RESOURCES FOR MASTER’S STUDENTS

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 degree program.

MSECE Degree Requirements (Thesis Option)

RESOURCES FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Students in the PhD program should review the ECE Graduate Student Handbook closely for policy details of the program. They should especially review details regarding PhD degree requirements, the preliminary written exam, and the preliminary oral exam.

PhD Degree Requirements

REQUIREMENTS THAT APPLY TO ALL DEGREES

UNITE DISTRIBUTED LEARNING

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.

UNITE Distributed Learning

MASTER’S DEGREE NAME CHANGE

Effective fall 2019, the College of Science and Engineering on the Twin Cities campus approved the name change from the Master of Science (M.S.E.E.) degree in Electrical Engineering to Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.). The name change reflects current curricular alignment and the standards in the field.