Graduate Students

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Program Overview

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 technology and bioscience hotspot – the University of Arizona is one of the country's top public research institutions. 

Degree Programs

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For more information about ECE's online master's degree program, visit the College of Engineering's site for online education.

Funding Your 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.

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

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

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. 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.


How To Apply

Visit the UA GradApp Graduate Admissions site for more information. 


Related Information

Research Areas and Courses

Research Centers

Research Labs

Graduate Handbook (rev 12.4.14)

Old Graduate Handbook (rev 10.4.14)

Apply Now

For questions about your application, contact the graduate advisor:

Tami Whelan

Office: ECE261

Phone: 520.621.6195







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