Graduate Programs

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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Ph.D., M.S., M.S./MBA, 4+1, Graduate Certificates, M.S. Online


The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (on-campus or online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity (on-campus or online), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  It also offers nine Graduate Certificates in Electrical and Computer Engineering, five Graduate Certificates in Cybersecurity, as well as a dual M.S./MBA and accelerated 4+1 degree programs.

Active areas of research in Electrical and Computer Engineering include cybersecurity, computer systems, network science, big data sciences, machine learning, computational imaging, bioengineering, clean energy, communications, signal processing and controls, quantum science and engineering, computer and sensor networks, electromagnetics and photonics and nanoelectronics materials and devices.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is housed in Evans Hall and DuPont Hall. The department maintains excellent facilities for teaching and research, including the iSuite, which encompasses a cybersecurity range, maker space laboratory and collaboration hub; and supercomputing and distributed computing systems, and class 10 and class 1000 clean rooms equipped for epitaxial crystal growth, semiconductor device fabrication and nanofabrication. Additional laboratories are well-equipped for electronic, microwave and optical measurements; signal and image capture and processing; computational imaging; millimeter and terahertz imaging; antenna, electromagnetics, high performance computing, communications studies; and biomedical signal capture and investigations. Complementing these facilities are government-funded major research centers supporting the focus areas, including the Institute for Energy Conversion, Center for Composite Materials, Nanotechnology Center and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

The department and University have extensive computing facilities for research use. Jointly with the Computer Science Department, the department maintains approximately 200TB of redundant storage, several systems for rapid deployment of virtual machines, and a few general purpose computational and remote-access systems. The University maintains state-of-the-art computational clusters to which ECE graduate students can gain access. Several computing laboratories are available with workstations, PCs and a variety of software to support teaching and research with 24/7 access. Many labs contain specialized computing and networking equipment to aid research in specific areas.

Graduate students are expected to actively participate in research, including the development of presentations and publications detailing their research contributions.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 B.E.E./M.S. (i.e., Bachelor of Electrical Engineering plus M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering) or the 4+1 B.Cp.E./M.S. (i.e., Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree plus M.S. in Electrical and Computer engineering). A dual degree combining the MBA and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering programs is available to graduate students.


Program Concentrations, M.S. and Ph.D. (on campus):

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Systems and Networking
  • Electromagnetics and Photonics
  • Materials and Devices
  • Signal Processing, Communications and Controls


The online Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering helps you master skills taught in other ECE programs, as well as provides you with the critical insight to secure, protect and implement the systems you create. The program uses foundational theory and hands-on skill building to challenge you to develop efficient designs and algorithms that incorporate defenses against cyber threats during information exchange. Visit the program website for more information.

Engineering leaders know a system’s design is only as strong as its security. Now there’s an online program specifically architected to arm you with the right skills. This flexible online master’s degree in electrical engineering is for those with prior degrees in electrical, computer or mechanical engineering, or computer science or mathematics. The program can be completed in as few as two years. Visit the program website for more information. 

The 30-credit curriculum covers:

  • Machine learning, information/signal processing, networks and efficient algorithm design
  • Advanced wireless communications, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G/5G cellular
  • Cybersecurity and cryptography strategies for electrical and computer engineers

Our expert faculty intentionally architected a responsive curriculum to anticipate and align with industry trends — one that keeps you on the leading edge of the field and provides you with the tools to engineer dynamic and cyber-secure solutions.


Degrees Offered

Electrical and Computer Engineering–Graduate Certificates

Electrical and Computer Engineering–M.S.

Electrical and Computer Engineering–M.S./MBA COE

Electrical and Computer Engineering–M.S./MBA LCBE

Electrical and Computer Engineering–Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering–M.S.(Online)


Application Deadlines


Certificate Programs


August 15: Final deadline to apply


January 25: Final deadline to apply


M.S. and Ph.D. Programs (excluding online program):


February 1: Deadline to be considered for departmental funding

August 1: Final deadline to apply


November 1: International application deadline

January 1: Final deadline to apply, domestic applicants


M.S. online program:


August 15: Final deadline to apply (M.S. online)


October 1: Final deadline to apply (M.S. online)


January 20: Final deadline to apply (M.S. online)


March 23: Final deadline to apply (M.S. online)


May 25: Final deadline to apply (M.S. online)

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.

All or nearly all doctoral students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.