Electrical Enginering 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.


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

    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).
  • 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.

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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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  • Research Groups and Labs

    ECE is on the front lines, deeply involved in the explosion of knowledge that is energizing electrical and computer engineering. Our research program has made important contributions in such areas as dependable, resilient and reconfigurable computing, cyber-physical and embedded computer systems, wireless communications, adaptive and nonlinear control, image and signal processing, robotics, photonics, energy and power management, safety assessment and fault-tolerant design, ultra-high-frequency semiconductor and superconducting devices and systems, and in many other emerging technologies.

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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