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Program/Degree
Electrical & Computer Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in electrical and computer engineering. These programs prepare students for careers in research and development in such areas as biomedical engineering; circuit design, VLSI, & CAD; communication systems; computer networks, distributed computing, & computer architecture; computer vision & robotic systems, control systems; digital signal & image processing; electromagnetics, microwave, & antennas; microelectronic devices & processing; microelectronic packaging & interconnects; optics; remote sensing & telemetering; and software, simulation & information systems. For the ECE MS On Line program:  http://online.engineering.arizona.edu/online-programs/electrical-computer-engineering/master-of-science-in-electrical-and-computer-engineering

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Electrical & Computer Engr -

ECE Grad School at UA

Degree Programs

ECE offers master's and PhD programs in electrical and computer engineering. PhD degrees are research-based and master's are project-based.

Top University

The University of Arizona ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in the country.

Cross-Disciplinary Training

The UA's Interdisciplinary Programs unite researchers and students from diverse disciplines and provide a number of cross-disciplinary research and training opportunities for ECE grad students.

Career Placement

ECE maintains longstanding partnerships with companies throughout industry, such as Raytheon, Intel, IBM, Qualcomm, Motorola, Microsoft, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, GM, Agilent, NASA, Boeing and Pixar.

The Region

From earth's environment to medical advancements to space exploration, Tucson is a technology and bioscience hotspot.

 
College
College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Tami J Whelan
520-621-6195
Graduate Program Coordinator
Tami J Whelan
520-621-6195
Director of Graduate Studies
Kathleen L Melde
520-626-2538
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
520-626-1930
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
M.S. Minimum Admission Requirements 
The ECE M.S. degree program provides knowledge, technical skills and research skills for career advancement and/or for subsequent work toward a Ph.D. degree. Our M.S. program is also designed for the working professional in the industry and offers knowledge and technical skills for career advancement.
 
The minimum admission requirements for the M.S. program are as follows: 
• Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the UA. Students who do not have a degree equivalent to the UA Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering may be admitted into the graduate ECE program but may be required to complete some undergraduate deficiency courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses. This policy also applies to students in the M.S. non-thesis option. See the Graduate Handbook chapter regarding students with a non-ECE bachelor’s degree for further details. 
• Grade-point average must be competitive. 
• Applicants whose native language is not English are required by the Graduate College to submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT). See the UA Graduate Catalog for a discussion of exemptions. 
• Students in the M.S. non-thesis option are expected to be self-supported or supported by external fellowships or industry, and are not eligible for UA financial support, except for research assistantships provided by individual faculty. 
 
Standardized Tests
• GRE is required for M.S. Thesis Option.
• GRE is not required for M.S. Non-Thesis Option.
 
Financial Aid

Research assistantships
Teaching assistantships
Fellowships and scholarships

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Applications may be submitted at any time. However, please allow at least six weeks of processing time after all required documents have been submitted before an admission decision is made. Most applications for Fall admission are received in December, admission decisions usually begin near the end of January,
    and offers of financial support usually begin near the end of February. After that time, the availability of funding diminishes.Therefore, the recommended deadline for receipt of the application is as follows:  Recommended Deadline for Applicants Seeking Financial Support: Spring-July 15:  Fall-December 15.
  • Spring: July 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Applications may be submitted at any time. Please allow at least six weeks of processing time after all required documents have been submitted before an admission decision is made. Most applications for Fall admission are received in December, admission decisions usually begin near the end of January,
    and offers of financial support usually begin near the end of February. After that time, the availability of funding diminishes.Therefore, the recommended deadline for receipt of the application is as follows:  Recommended Deadline for Applicants Seeking Financial Support: Spring-July 15 and Fall-December 15. The last day to obtain immigrations documents for Fall is September 1.
  • Spring: July 15
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option
Coursework: Must submit the Draft Plan of Study by the end of the first semester.

  • 24 units of graduate coursework (5xx level)*, subject to the following limitations:
    • A maximum of 6 units of non-ECE coursework. All non-ECE coursework must be pre-approved by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to registration.
    • Paper Requirement - Must submit at least one paper to a refereed conference or journal, with an ECE faculty member as a co-author.
    • Thesis - 6 units of thesis (ECE 910).
    • Final defense - Must pass an oral defense of the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option
Coursework: Must submit the Draft Plan of Study by the end of the first semester.

  • 30 units of graduate coursework (5xx level)*, subject to the following limitations:
    • A maximum of 9 units of non-ECE coursework. All non-ECE coursework must be pre-approved by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to registration.


* A cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher must be maintained on all coursework taken for graduate credit. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be used to satisfy the degree requirements (A or B for transfer credits).

 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
https://ece.engineering.arizona.edu/sites/ece.engineering.arizona.edu/files/ecegradhandbook2015.pdf  
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Last revised 08 Nov 2018