Graduate programs

About our programs

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, physical electronics and photonics and arts, media and engineering. Studies may lead to the degrees of master of science (MS) or the master of science in engineering (MSE).

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.

You will find the admission requirements in the links above, and resources for students below.

The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering’s programs are highly recognized for their exceptional quality. Online delivery of our master’s program is ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report. Our commitment is to provide qualified students access to electrical engineering graduate programs valued by industry. 

Stephen M. Phillips

Professor and school director

Graduate program handbook

New MSE, MS and PhD students should refer to this guide for information about their program, classes and requirements.

Current students should refer to this guide to ensure that they are meeting their program requirements.

It is the responsibility of each student to understand and observe all procedures and requirements set by the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Graduate College, International Students and Scholar Center, and University Registrar Services. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak to your assigned academic advisor.

See also the ASU graduate policies.

Download the graduate program handbook (PDF)

Graduate admissions information

Specific admission information for each degree program can be found in the catalog (links above) or in the degree’s handbook. Please note that computer engineering, robotics and autonomous systems and data science, analytics and engineering have different handbooks than the electrical engineering programs. Those handbooks can be found on the programs’ respective websites.

Application deadlines

Fall semester:

Preference is given to complete School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering graduate applications received by December 31. Admission results should be available by March 1. Applications received after this preferred deadline will be considered.

Spring semester:

Preference is given to complete School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering graduate applications received by July 31. Admission results should be available by October 1. Applications received after this preferred deadline will be considered.






Ready to apply? Click the link below to submit your application on the graduate admissions website.

Joint graduate programs

Some of the graduate programs offered through the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering are in partnership with other academic units at ASU. These programs have their own websites that list information pertinent to them, including program handbooks, what to expect academically and more. Check out each program’s website below.

Computer engineering (electrical engineering)

Robotics and autonomous systems (electrical engineering)

Additional graduate program resources

Finding a PhD faculty advisor

Adapted from “Selecting the right PhD advisor: a guide, by Associate Professor Zachary Holman.

What’s at stake?

Choosing a PhD advisor is a big decision. A good advisor will provide you with steady funding, teach you new skills, bring out your best and coach you toward your future career. Both you and your advisor usually only have one chance to pick correctly, and switching can be a big setback for you. This short guide, which discusses five aspects to consider when picking an advisor, is intended to help you make the right choice.

Funding and field of interest

Look for an advisor who has a funded project in need of a student. Once you narrow down the faculty that could be a good match, consult their websites to see the topics they are focusing on at the moment.

You will spend the next four to six years studying the minutia of the research topic that you and your advisor establish — make sure that it interests you. Ask your advisor to sell you on his or her research.

Professional relationship and managing expectations

Make sure that you can communicate effectively with your future advisor, and that you are comfortable being vulnerable in his or her presence (e.g., when asking a “stupid” question).

You and your advisor should share similar expectations for your PhD tenure. Find out how many papers you are expected to publish, if you must obtain a master’s degree before earning your PhD, whether you will present at weekly meetings and if you must perform other services (e.g., maintaining equipment or advising undergraduates).

Future prospects

While few doctoral students end up working on the exact topic of their dissertation post-graduation, they often find success in a related field. If you intend to enter industry, aim to gain skills during your PhD that you can use afterward.

The first time you meet with your potential advisor, ask for copies of his or her recent publications, meet with current students, and attend a group meeting if possible.

MSE Portfolio guide

As of the spring 2023 semester, the EE MSE program no longer requires a written comprehensive exam as the culminating event. Students are now required to complete a portfolio based on seminar attendance. Students are required to attend seminars hosted by the department in the last semester of their program, answer questions on the seminars, and show proof of attendance. Through answering questions about the seminar, students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the topics presented, how it relates to what they have learned in the program, and how they might use this knowledge in the future.

Students will be emailed each semester about seminars and the requirements. Additionally, information will be on the ECEE website along with the questions that students must answer and the submission deadline. Students are encouraged to speak with their assigned academic advisor if they have questions about this degree requirement.

Please refer to the document below for information about the MSE Portfolio.

Download the MSE Portfolio guide

Three-year course plans

We have compiled a listing of graduate classes in electrical engineering to be offered over a period of about three years. It is useful for preparing the plan of study (iPOS) for graduate students and planning your technical electives for undergraduate students. The listings show all of the classes by area, which is also needed in preparation of the iPOS. Tempe campus offerings and online offerings are shown separately. These plans are subject to change and are not guaranteed.

Download plan for campus courses (Excel)

Download plan for online courses (Excel)