Graduate Students

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ECE Grad School at UA

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Degree Programs

ECE offers master's and PhD programs in electrical and computer engineering. PhD degrees are research-based and master's are project-based.

Top University

The University of Arizona ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in the country.

Cross-Disciplinary Training

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.

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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 and Pixar.

The Region

From earth's environment to medical advancements to space exploration, Tucson is a technology and bioscience hotspot.



World-Renowned Faculty

UA ECE faculty pictureAt the UA department of electrical and computer engineering, world-renowned professors -- 31 tenured/tenure track, 11 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. Faculty provide outstanding mentorship for students who wish to increase their knowledge, open doors, and help craft the future.

Faculty List


Globally Recognized Research 

professor fink and robotsECE -- with annual external research expenditures exceeding $9 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.

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Research Areas and Courses

Research Centers

Research Labs



Funding Graduate Education

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

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Highly competitive three-year fellowships up to $120,000 for STEM

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships: $93,000 over three years, plus all tuition and fees

GEM Fellowship Program: $16,000 a year plus additional stipends and tuition (for underrepresented minority students)

Science Foundation Arizona: One-year, with optional second, supplemental $25,000 stipends

The UA College of Engineering also offers a list of funding sources: College of Engineering Funding Opportunities

And, a number of funding opportunities are available through the University: UA Graduate Education Funding


Students, Faculty in the News

Seven-Year Labor Ends with Honor

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Brian Fox’s long wait finally ends with the return of his radiation-hardened optical fibers from space, and a professional award to boot. See story.

Gigapixel Camera Gets Upgrades

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Faculty member Michael Gehm treats alumni to an inside glimpse of what is next for the gigapixel camera.   See story.

Student Takes Business Seriously

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Xiao Qin enters the entrepreneurial arena with a research partnership in a cost-controlled thermostat endeavor and a win in a local competition.

See story on thermostat project, entrepreneurial competition.

JPEG 2000 Leader Finalist in Award

Regents Professor Michael Marcellin’s groundbreaking work with compressed image files, or JPEG 2000, which  makes possible 3-D digital cinema, was selected as a finalist for Arizona’s top innovation and technology honor. This short video describes JPEG 2000.


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