Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering

We draw on fundamental physics, chemistry, material science, mathematics and device engineering to explore novel concepts in each of our technical areas, which range from nano-scale electronic and photonic devices to large-scale computer systems, and from communication and control systems to signal processing and data analysis algorithms. These technologies find application in energy systems, medical technologies, transportation, information technology, ubiquitous computing, astronomy and numerous other fields, creating limitless opportunity for you to make a positive impact on society.

EE Degree Offerings

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs of study leading to the Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering.The M.S. is a research-based master's that requires a final thesis defense, while the M.E. is entirely course based. The M.E. can be earned in person or online through Virginia Engineering Online.

We offer a direct pathway from your bachelor's degree to a Ph.D. If you are admitted to the Ph.D. program, you have the option of earning your M.E. or M.S. degree en route. 

EE Degrees are in Demand

Our electrical engineering program is known throughout industry and academia as a source of outstanding engineers and researchers. Our faculty maintain this reputation by continually updating curricula to reflect current scientific and technological advances and requirements and by maintaining a vigorous, interdisciplinary research program that provides staff and graduate students with high-level learning experiences relevant to societal needs.

Recent graduates have joined industry, such as Apple, Amazon, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Corning, Facebook (now Meta), General Electric, General Motors, Google, Halliburton, Intel Research, Microsoft Research, NVIDA Research, Northrop-Grunman, Oracle, Qualcom and Samsung Research. Some chart their path to government research labs including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA, NIST and The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Others have followed their advisors' path into academe, pursing postdoctoral research and faculty positions in the United States and overseas, including Kuwait University, the National Defense University of Technology, China; the Royal Thai Air Force Academy; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; the University of California Davis, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of New Hampshire, University of Notre Dame, and Virginia Commonwealth University.