Graduate

Our EE programs remain highly recognized—ranked 31 by U.S. News and World Report and in the top 20 by the National Research Council.—Stephen Phillips, professor and school director

Opportunities for study beyond the bachelor’s degree exist in several areas, including computer engineering, control systems, electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits, electronic and mixed-signal circuit design, electric power and energy systems, signal processing and communications, solid-state electronics and arts, media and engineering. Studies may lead to the degrees of master of science (M.S.), Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.).

Students are involved in a variety of research activities and have access to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the electromagnetic anechoic chamber, the wireless communications lab and the integrated circuit fabrication clean room.

Application deadlines:

  • For admission in the fall semester for any ECEE program, you must apply by the preceding December 31. All applications materials must be received by December 31. Admission results should be available by March 15.
  • For admission in the spring semester for any ECEE program, you must apply by the preceding July 31. All applications materials must be received by July 31. Admission results should be available by September 15.

Electrical engineering graduate program three-year plan:

Below is a listing of graduate classes to be offered over a period of about three years.  It is useful for  preparing the program of study (iPOS). The listings show all the classes by area, which is also needed in preparation of the iPOS. Tempe campus offerings and online campus offerings are shown separately.

View 3-year plans here  Campus Courses | Online Courses

Graduate student support:

Various forms of financial support are available to new and continuing graduate students including teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. These opportunities may be accessed through each academic unit as well as individual faculty members. Please review the Teaching/Research Assistantship policies for additional information. The Electrical Engineering program offers the Dean’s Fellowship to outstanding new doctoral students. Awards exceeding $27,500 per year for up to four years are available. Find out more.

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship: Solar Utilization Network (IGERT SUN) program is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. training program covering multiple solar energy conversion areas and integrating with policy and social understanding. The program is designed to educate the next generation of diverse citizen-scientists, innovative thinkers and enlightened policy makers. Program features include a 2-year fellowship stipend ($30,000 per year) with full tuition remission, research/teaching assistantship for the remaining years in the program, interdisciplinary training in solar conversion technologies, faculty and senior graduate student mentoring and much more.  This award requires US citizenship. For more information and application procedures for the IGERT SUN program, please visit: graduate.asu.edu/igert-sun.

Areas of study in electrical engineering:

Degrees:

Electrical engineering, M.S.E.: this is a professional degree that requires 10 classes of course work (30 hours minimum), without a thesis, but with a final comprehensive exam. Courses for this program are available for both Tempe campus and Online campus students. A number of courses in the electronic and mixed-signal circuit design area require the online student to have access to advanced software such as CADENCE.

Electrical engineering, M.S.: this is a research degree requiring 30 credits, including six hours of thesis and at least six hours outside the area of specialization, including independent study. Courses for this program are available only for Tempe campus students and not for Online campus students. Applications for the M.S. program are not available for new students. After arrival at the Tempe campus, M.S.E. students can switch to the M.S. program if they can find an advisor to guide their research.

Electrical engineering, Ph.D.: this program requires a total of 84 credit hours of graduate study, including 24 hours of research and dissertation, beyond the bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 18 credit hours of doctoral class work must be completed. A departmental qualifying examination is required near the beginning of the program and an individualized comprehensive examination is administered after all course work is completed. The program culminates with an oral defense of a scholarly dissertation that contributes to scientific knowledge. This program is only available for Tempe campus students.

Electrical engineering-Art, Media and Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D.: the arts, media and engineering concentration is available both for the M.S. and the Ph.D. students admitted to this program, who take two-thirds of their course, research and thesis credits from the electrical engineering program and one-third of the credits from the arts, media and engineering program.
Frequently Asked Questions about the ECEE + AME Concentration

Electrical engineering, B.S.E./M.S.E.: the accelerated B.S.E./M.S.E. program is for students currently enrolled in the Electrical Engineering-Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. This allows students to graduate with both degrees in five years of full-time course work. Students earning a B.S.E. in electrical engineering can use up to nine credits of graduate course work towards undergraduate degree requirements. While pursuing the M.S.E., students in the accelerated program must be enrolled as full-time students (9 or more hours) unless in their final semester. For further information on the program consult the description under Undergraduate Programs.

Electrical engineering, MBA/M.S.E.: the MBA/M.S.E. EE dual degree combines advanced courses in technical areas with a rigorous management curriculum to allow students to receive two degrees, the W. P. Carey MBA and the M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Fulton School of Engineering, in a shorter period of time and at lower cost than if the two degrees were pursued separately. This foundational grounding in two leading schools gives the employee and the organization the necessary tools for today’s global marketplace. Courses for this program are only available in online formats.

Nuclear power generation certificate: the Nuclear Power Generation (NPG) graduate certificate is a multidisciplinary professional option within the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. Courses from multiple academic units constitute both the core and elective classes available to the student. All of the core classes and many of the NPG elective courses will be offered online through the Engineering Office of Global Outreach and Extended Education (GOEE). The graduate-level certificate program requires 15 hours of coursework with a minimum of two-thirds at the 500-level or higher.

admission requirements:

M.S./M.S.E. programs:

  • Students from US ABET-accredited undergraduate programs who wish to be considered for a master’s program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate electrical engineering course work. After these degree requirements are verified, the GRE can be waived.
  • Students from non-US schools must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate electrical engineering course work or have graduated first class with distinction and must score 156  or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE General Test.
  • Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring at least 550 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 80 on the Internet based TOEFL (iBT). International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU administered SPEAK Test.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required or permitted for master’s degree applications.

Ph.D. programs:

  • Applicants with a master’s degree who wish to be considered for the doctoral program must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a four-point scale) in their electrical engineering master’s program.
  • Applicants not from a US ABET accredited school must score 156 or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE General Test and must have a master’s degree.
  • Applicants without a master’s degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate course work and have graduated from a US ABET-accredited undergraduate program.
  • Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring at least 550 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 on the computer based TOEFL (CBT), or 80 on the Internet based TOEFL (iBT). The CBT was discontinued in September 2006. International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU administered SPEAK Test.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. They are part of the online application package.

Please see the Graduate Student Handbook (blue guide) for further details about the electrical engineering graduate programs, Policies, and other important information.

Please see the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information.