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Electrical & Computer Engineering (PHD)  
Program Description

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science, Master of Engineering 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.

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 of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Tami J Whelan
Graduate Program Coordinator
Tami J Whelan
Director of Graduate Studies
Kathleen L Melde
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

There are two options in the Ph.D. program: the post-M.S. option and the direct option.

The minimum admission requirements for the Ph.D. program are as follows:

Post-M.S. Option
Master's degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, or Optics.

Direct Ph.D. Option
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, or Optics.

This option is not available to students who have already completed a Master's degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, or Optics.

Grade-point average must be competitive.

GRE scores must be competitive (incl. Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing).

Students who do not have a degree equivalent to the UA Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or 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. See the chapter regarding students with a non-ECE bachelor's degree for further details.

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.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Arizona
1230 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621 2434
Fax: (520) 621 8076

Standardized Tests

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Financial Aid

Research assistantships
Teaching assistantships
Fellowships and scholarships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 15
  • Spring: July 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 15
  • Spring: July 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1200, 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1299
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

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Minor Requirements
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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 62%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 5.00
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 85%
Enrollment Percent Female 15%
Enrollment Percent International 51%
Enrollment Percent URM 12%

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Last revised 01 Jul 2014