Welcome! We are excited to share the graduate study opportunities that our department offers. MSU is among the top 3 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures, and has Carnegie classification for very high research activity.
The Ph.D. is a research-intensive degree that emphasizes discovery and creation of new knowledge and technology, preparing graduates for careers in industry, government, and academic research and development.
The Master of Engineering is a practice-focused degree that is earned with coursework only. Students in this program are often employed in local industry.
See our department's research webpage to learn about our research focus areas, research facilities, faculty research interests, and new developments.
We also invite you to fill out our department's graduate program information request form, which can help us provide information about faculty who share your research interests.
Most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. During that period, they connect with faculty and typically receive research assistantships for the remainder of their graduate studies.
For a list of available assistantships and what can be expected at a TA or GRA, see the department's assistantships webpage.
MSU's Graduate School provides information about additional funding and fellowship opportunities at MSU.
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Note: Due to access limitations for standardized tests, the department is waiving the requirement for standardized test scores (GRE, TOEFL, or similar) for applications received from March 1 to December 1, 2020, for admission in Fall Semester 2020 or Spring Semester 2021. Applicants who have already taken these tests are encouraged to submit scores with their application.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires the following for admission to its graduate programs:
- Official Transcripts. Minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) in undergraduate program in electrical enginering or closely related.
- GRE Scores: preferred 150 verbal, 155 quantitative, 3.5 writing.
- Letters of recommendation (3)
- Statement of Research Interest: Describe the primary research areas you are interested in pursuing as a graduate student in an essay approximately one page in length. The essay should discuss specific research interests shared with our faculty.
- International students:
- English proficiency scores: TOEFL 90 or IELTS level 7. This is waived if the applicant has earned a degree from an institution in the U.S.
- Additional admissions requirements outlined by MSU's Graduate School (copy of passport, proof of funds, etc).
Priority deadline for domestic and international students wanting to be considered for funded assistantships:
- Fall Semester: January 15
- Spring Semester: September 15
Regular application for domestic applicants:
- Fall Semester: July 15
- Spring Semester: December 1
- Summer Semester: April 1
Regular application for international applicants
- Fall Semester: May 15
- Spring Semester: October 1
- Summer Semester: February 1
- Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Student Handbook (2014 April 25, with small updates 2016 Nov 3)
- Guidelines for ECE Teaching Assistants (.docx file, updated 2016 Aug 19)