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Welcome to Graduate Studies in ECEE

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. These pages contain an overview of our program.

Students with diverse backgrounds and interests find a vibrant, intellectually stimulating program. Our goal is to help you, students, build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in electrical engineering and information technologies.

Our faculty include 9 IEEE Fellows, several OSA and RASEI Fellows, 2 Distinguished Professors, and 1 Member of The National Academy of Engineering. Our faculty are active in research with total expenditures over $10 million annually. Research is concentrated in seven broad areas, and includes two interdisciplinary, industry-sponsored centers. Grants from NASA, DARPA, NSF, NOAA, and collaborative industrial and military funding provide support for qualified graduate students. Unique state of art facilities and equipment for experimental and theoretical training and for conducting subject-specific research are available. For more information, see our ECEE Research Groups and Centers page.

Degrees Offered

The Department offers three graduate degrees:
  1. Master of Engineering. The Master of Engineering (ME) is a professional degree comprised of advanced courses of relevance to working electrical, computer, and energy engineers. A new professional masters program in Embedded Systems Engineering is a world-class program that cultivates creative, practical embedded systems engineers instilled with comprehensive, current knowledge and industry context. For complete requirements, see the M.E. Degree Requirements page.

  2. Master of Science -- two options:
    • With thesis (MS-I). This option requires 30 semester hours, of which 4 to 6 are thesis credits. The remaining hours are technical courses in ECEN or approved science, engineering, and math. For specific requirements, see the M.S. Degree Requirements page.
    • Without thesis (MS-II). This option is essentially the same as MS-I except thesis hours are replaced with course work, and specific requirements are somewhat less stringent. For complete requirements, see the M.S. Degree Requirements page.

  3. Ph.D. Degree. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the terminal degree for those seeking a technical or research career in ECEE. It requires completion of relevant 30 course credit hours, plus 30 hours of dissertation, passing preliminary and comprehensive examinations, and a successful dissertation defense. There is a foreign language requirement. For complete requirements, see the Ph.D. Degree Requirements page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing (or the equivalent) and submit official transcripts showing that degree.
  2. Have adequate technical preparation to enter graduate study in ECEE.
  3. Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Note: provisional admission is sometimes possible for applicants with lower GPAs.
  4. Submit GRE general exam scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections all required -- it is desired that the scores are no lower than (VQA), respectively, of 139 / 159 / 3.0+ ( 310+ / 750+ / 3.0+ on the former scale) ) if applying for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.E. program.
  5. Provide four letters of recommendation from qualified referees.
  6. Provide a statement of purpose describing the applicant's goals and interests.
  7. For non-native English speakers only, provide certification of adequate spoken and written English. A TOEFL score greater than 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) is desired. Equivalently, one or more years (evidenced by transcripts) of prior instruction at a U.S. university or at a university in a country in which English is one of the official languages may be accepted. An IELTS score of 7.0 or higher is accepted in lieu of a TOEFL score.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission
Visa (international) student deadline November 1 for preferential financial aid consideration,
otherwise January 15
U.S. citizen/permanent resident deadline December 1 for preferential financial aid consideration,
otherwise January 15
Spring Admission
Visa (international) student deadlineSeptember 1
U.S. citizen/permanent resident deadlineSeptember 1
Summer Admission Only for those enrolled and advancing to Ph.D.

How to Apply

If you experience any software issues or questions with the University online application, then please contact

Visa Student On-Line Application:

- Please note that at you will find the links to submit an electronic application.
- Read the "Preparing to Apply" section.
- Click on the "How to Apply" link and then on the "Complete Your Application" link.
- Please follow the rest of the links, at that site, in order.

Domestic Student On-Line Application (includes U.S. Citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and refugees only):

- Please note that at you will find the links to submit an electronic application.
- Read the "Preparing to Apply" section.
- Click on the "How to Apply" link and then on the "Complete Your Application" link.
- Please follow the rest of the links, at that site, in order.

Application Submission

Submit online via the web site listed above. For specific requirements, see application information for

Opportunity for Students Belonging to Underrepresented Groups

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to preview the doctoral programs of ECEE and other CU Boulder Science, Technology, Engineering and Math departments. This year's program will take place October 22-25, 2015.

Application review will begin September 21st and continue until the program is full. Application details may be found by clicking here.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance offers Teaching and Research Assistantships. At any given time, about one-third of currently enrolled graduate students are funded by either a teaching or research assistantship. These assistantships are highly competitive and availability is limited.

For more information about the requirements for holding a TA or RA position or for information about graduate fellowships or scholarships, see the financial aid section of this web site.

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