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Electrical & Computer Engineering (Engineering, M.S./M.E.)

Degree Level: Graduate
College: Engineering & Technology
Major : Engineering
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Degree Earned: MS, ME

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers two master graduate degree programs in ECE: Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (ME)

  • The MS degree is intended for students who want the opportunity to obtain some expertise in research in a specific ECE area. For the MS degree students must take eight courses beyond their BS degree, do research under direct advising by an ECE faculty member in their chosen area of specialization, write and defend an original thesis.
  • The ME degree is intended for students who want to get broader knowledge in ECE. The ME degree students have two study options: either take ten courses beyond their BS degree and pass a Master Comprehensive Exam, or take nine courses beyond the BS degree and do a master project with an ECE faculty mentor.

Why pursue graduate studies in ECE?

  • The MS, ME and PhD programs in ECE offer opportunities for advanced course work as well as challenging research projects to prepare students for leadership roles in engineering careers with industry, government, research organizations, or educational institutions.
  • ECE graduate programs stress both theoretical and practical aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering by combining the teaching and research expertise of the ECE faculty with additional research resources in the Hampton Roads area through department labs and university centers/institutes.
  • ECE faculty are very active in conducting cutting-edge research projects which provide both research experiences and financial support for qualified graduate students. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and include a stipend along with full or partial tuition waiver.

Related Experiences

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Advanced Signal Processing in Engineering and Neuroscience; Applied Plasma Technology; Computer Vision; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; and Systems research.
  • University centers with which ECE faculty work include the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, the Laser and Plasma Engineering Institute, the Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center.
  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with which ECE faculty collaborate include NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab.


After graduation, our MS, ME and PhD graduates are employed as electrical and computer engineers supporting industries like automotive, manufacturing, systems integration, shipbuilding, aerospace, defense, telecommunications, etc. They are also employed as researchers by private research and development labs or by federally funded organizations (Jefferson Lab, NASA, or the Naval Research Laboratories). Some of our former doctoral students have also gone into academic careers doing postdoctoral fellowships or are working in universities as faculty members.

Application Dates

Fall Spring Summer Financial Assistantship
Domestic June 1
November 1
March 1
International April 15
October 1
February 1

Application Requirements



Recommendations 2
Essay Yes, plus resume
Transcripts From all prior institutions
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