Graduate students are vital to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s research efforts.



Applicants for graduate work in electrical and computer engineering must apply for admission to UA’s Graduate School. Faculty and their students are conducting research in four core electrical and computer engineering areas: devices and materials, electromechanical and energy systems, embedded systems, and electromagnetics. The department offers masters and doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.


Electrical Engineering, MS

The electrical engineering program prepares students for dynamic careers in the varied areas of power generation, communication systems, manufacturing controls, signals processing, and control systems.


Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.

The doctor of philosophy degree is regarded as a research degree and is granted on the basis of scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement in a special field, and the capacity for independent, original investigation.

Graduate Application Deadlines

Domestic & International
No formal deadlines for graduate applications
International applicants should consider the time required to obtain travel documents from country of origin when applying.

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ECE Faculty/Staff

Find contact and research information for all faculty and staff of the ECE Department.


UA’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducts research projects worth several million dollars annually.

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Research Areas

UA’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers various opportunities for research with our faculty members in areas including:

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Graduate School Forms

The Graduate School forms above must be initiated by the department, but shows what is needed for graduation. This is not a complete list of all possible forms. Only those that are required prior to getting a degree. Please contact your academic advisor/graduate director for submission of your form(s).

Graduate Admissions

Applicants for graduate work in electrical and computer engineering must apply for admission to UA’s Graduate School. Regular admission may be granted to applicants who have an electrical engineering degree from an ABET accredited program and an overall GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate program. Also, to be eligible for regular admission, applicants must have earned a score of 300 (total combined verbal and quantitative subscores) on the GRE.

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not meet these requirements, for example those who have degrees in related fields or a GPA below 3.0. International students must have a TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or 550 (pBT) or higher for the consideration of admission to the ECE graduate program. GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing scores must be consistent with the international applicant’s TOEFL score.

Admissions Requirements for Graduate Students Without an Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants without an electrical engineering or computer engineering bachelor’s degree may be admitted conditionally. The student will be required to complete successfully three 400-level electrical engineering courses, each in a different sequence area. Successful completion requires a “B” or better in the course. Slash-listed (400/500) courses taken to satisfy this policy cannot be counted toward the graduate degree.

Equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses in related fields (for example, electromagnetics in physics, computer architecture in computer science, or control in mechanical engineering) may be counted as a course in the corresponding electrical engineering area upon approval by the ECE Graduate Program Director.

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Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers financial assistance to outstanding applicants in the form of teaching and research assistantships. A half-time teaching or research assistantship provides a competitive stipend and a full-tuition scholarship for the academic year. A student applying for graduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is automatically considered for a departmental assistantship during the review of the application materials. Continuing students must complete the departmental assistantship application. Notices of continuing assistantship applications and deadlines are made by the Department during fall and spring semesters.

The Department awards teaching assistantships (GTA) on the basis of expected teaching ability. An individual faculty member, who has sponsored research funds at the professor’s disposal, awards research assistantships (GRA). A GRA appointment is made on the basis of mutual interests between student and professor. Only students who maintain an acceptable performance level are eligible for assistantships.

University Wide Options

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Engineering Graduate Funding Opportunities

See the College of Engineering’s funding opportunities in the form of departmental fellowships and assistantships.

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UA Graduate Funding and Support

UA financial support in the form of assistantships, fellowships and scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama.

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