The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science. Graduate instruction and research programs are available in all areas of importance in electrical engineering. The graduate program is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual student. Students choose their area of specialization from the following:

The research and education activities in ECEGP are interdisciplinary and have strong synergy with other departments and programs on campus, including:

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in ECE are expected to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in a specialized area. The ECE PhD program consists of passing a preliminary PhD evaluation, an individualized program of study, performing satisfactorily on a qualifying examination and completing a research dissertation. Please refer to the Ph.D. Degree Requirements for more details.

The ECE PhD program is affiliated with the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) inter-graduate group program, which allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of biotechnology.

Master of Science

ECEGP offers two types of Masters of Science (MS) degrees. Plan I requires the completion of a thesis; Plan II requires additional coursework and an examination. Plan I gives the student an opportunity to perform in-depth research and thesis writing, whereas Plan II provides more information from coursework. Please refer to the M.S. Degree Requirements for more details or look at some of the capstone projects HERE

Priority Application & Prospective Student Fellowship Deadline: January 5

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Sacksith Ekkaphanh
Graduate Program Coordinator
(530) 752-1726
Erkin Şeker
Associate Professor and Program Chair for Graduate Studies
Omeed Momeni
Associate Professor and
Graduate Faculty Advisor