Electrical Engineering Graduate Programs

ECE at UVA offers three graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Master of Engineering (M.E.). The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 72 credits of coursework and research beyond the bachelor’s degree and the completion and defense of a research dissertation. The M.S. requires 30 credits, six of which are completed through a research thesis. The M.E. requires thirty one credit hours of graduate-level coursework and does not have a research requirement. In addition to the residential M.E. degree program, there is an online learning option for the M.E. degree through Virginia Engineering Online (VEO).

Our application deadline for the Fall 2022 cycle is December 15th.

You are strongly encouraged to contact any faculty whose work is of interest to you prior to and during the application process. Note that the MS is usually considered a self-funded degree and financial aid is not guaranteed as part of the admission offer. Students who are interested in research are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ph.D. program instead of the MS program.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.

  • Research Areas and Groups

    When applying for a place in the graduate program, it is important to clearly state your area of interest. The research areas are:

    • Controls (nonlinear control theory, CAD of control systems, adaptive controls, and multivariable control systems).
    • Communications (information theory, optical communication, image and video processing, statistical signal processing, medical imaging, and digital communications).
    • RF and Microwave Devices (MEMS in microwave and mm-wave circuits, novel HF solid-state devices for sources and receivers, mm-wave circuits and devices, microwave radiating structures, terahertz sources and receivers, and devices for radio astronomy).
    • Device Fabrication (MBE, novel materials, lithography, nano-fabrication, electron and ion beam processes, and nano-structures).
    • VLSI and Microsystems (mixed-signal CMOS design, analog CMOS, Microsystems and microfabrication, low-power VLSI, FPGAs, digital VLSI).
    • Electrophysics (superconducting devices, device theory and modeling, novel electronic devices).
    • Safety-Critical Systems (risk assessment, train control systems, intelligent ground transportation).
    ECE Research Groups and Labs by Area
  • For Prospective Graduate Students

    UVA engineers are highly valued by corporations, governmental agencies, universities, and a host of other career sectors because we focus on providing our students with the cutting-edge technical knowledge, problem-solving skills and interdisciplinary research experiences that will propel them to leadership in their fields.


    Prospective graduate students are encouraged to visit the ECE Research Page to identify research groups and faculty aligned with their interests. 

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  • For Current Graduate Students

    This page is designed to provide useful links and information for current UVA Engineering graduate students.

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  • Electrical Engineering Graduate Handbook

    This handbook outlines the policies and procedures of the Electrical Engineering Graduate Program of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. It should be viewed as a supplement to the University of Virginia Graduate Record, which summarizes the rules and regulations of the University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

    EE Graduate Handbook
  • Electrical Engineering Student Salary Information

    For Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) Electrical Engineering has set the below minimum salary amounts.  Faculty determine their own rates within these guidelines.

                    MS or Pre-Qualifier PhD - $22,100/year

                    Post-Qualifier PhD - $23,400/year

                    Post-Proposal PhD - $24,700/year

    For Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) the department has set the below rates.

                    ME, MS, or Pre-Qualifier PhD - $9,000/semester

                    Post-Qualifier PhD - $10,000/semester

    Average Salary - $28,140

Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of an engineering degree program which prepares graduates for licensure or certification, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).