Graduate Students

UA electrical and computer engineering – with its globally recognized faculty, wide spectrum of interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial opportunities, strong industrial ties and outstanding student support – is ranked among the top programs in the country

The UA's interdisciplinary programs unite researchers and students from diverse disciplines and provide a number of cross-disciplinary research and training opportunities for ECE grad students.

ECE – with annual external research expenditures exceeding $7 million – houses multidisciplinary research centers and labs that support internationally recognized research in biomedical technologies, optical computing, autonomic and pervasive computing, wireless communications and networks, sensor networks, and robotic space exploration.

Set in Tucson – a tech and bioscience hotspot – the University of Arizona is one of the country's top public research institutions.

Degree Programs

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Doctoral Studies

  • Research-focused. 
  • Direct PhD or post-MS degree.

Master's Degrees

  • Thesis or nonthesis option. 
  • Online or on-site classes.

Learn more about ECE's online master's degree program.

Funding Your Education

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Almost all engineering graduate students are supported by teaching or research assistantships that pay tuition plus a stipend. Some of the many sources of ECE graduate school funding include:

A number of funding opportunities are also available through the University, and teaching and research assistantships are also available.

World-Renowned Faculty

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At the UA department of electrical and computer engineering, world-renowned professors – 33 tenured/tenure-track, 10 professional fellows, a UA Regents' Professor and a University Distinguished Professor – conduct research that fuels Arizona’s leadership in technology and addresses the nation’s grand challenges for engineering.

Our faculty provide outstanding mentorship for students who wish to increase their knowledge, open doors and help craft the future.

Career Placement

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ECE maintains longstanding partnerships with companies throughout industry, such as Raytheon, Intel, IBM, Qualcomm, Motorola, Microsoft, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, GM, Agilent, NASA, Boeing, Pixar and more.

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For questions about your application, contact the graduate adviser:

Tami Whelan
Office: ECE 556A
Phone: 520.621.6195


Apply Now

Apply online through the UA Graduate College's GradApp.




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