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We offer both MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The graduate program is designed with a focus on research. Our faculty members are experts in their fields with connections to industry and government agencies in the Washington, DC area. Our students come from rich and diverse backgrounds. We invite you to learn more about our graduate programs by visiting our About ECE page.

Note that the Professional Master's of Engineering program is distinct from the Master's in ECE program. You can find more information about the Professional Master's program here.

Fall Application Deadlines*


The fall 2014 admission cycle has officially closed. The fall 2015 admission cycle opened on August 1, 2014.

Applications and all supporting materials must be received by:

  • December 1:  Priority consideration for financial support
  • February 1:  International applicants
  • May 1:  U.S. citizens and permanent residents

*Please note that we do not accept applications for spring or summer admission.

Minimum Admission Requirements


For admission to the graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related field (math, computer science, physics, or other areas of engineering) and have an overall grade point average of 3.5 (B+) or better. In exceptional cases, students with a lower GPA may also be admitted. Other criteria include overall academic record, strength of recommendations, GRE scores, and adequacy of preparation. We do not post a minimum GRE score requirement. International students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores are also taken into consideration. Please see the International Student and Scholar Service's website for the minimum TOEFL and IELTS requirements. Applicants are competitively judged by a faculty committee.

Application Requirements


The following information must be submitted in order to have a completed application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.

  • Application Form
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Test Scores (general test only)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts

Statement of Purpose should be uploaded to the online application in the Educational Intent section. Resume/CV should be uploaded in the Upload Requirements section. PDF format is preferred for both.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application under the Important Links section in order to avoid delays in reviewing your application. We require official institutional email addresses for your recommenders.

GRE and TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS. Please use institution code 5814. The department code is not important. Scores are downloaded once per month, so please request your score report well in advance. It may take up to four weeks for us to receive your scores. 

IELTS scores can be sent electronically to the department to speed up the application review process. To submit your scores to the department, please email a scanned copy of your IELTS report to ecegradstudies@umd.edu. Please ensure your Test Report Form (TRF) number is visible and legible. If recommended for admission, an official IELTS test report will need to be sent directly to the Enrollment Services Operation (Room 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742) for final review by the Graduate School.

Official transcripts from all previously attended higher education institutions should be uploaded to your application. If a transcript is not in English, both an original language version and English translation must be provided. Only admitted students who choose to enroll will be required to submit official hard copy transcripts to the Graduate School by the end of the fall semester.

How To Apply


Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School website. When creating your application account, please ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification (e.g., passport).

In the Educational Intent section of the application, please select:

  • College/School: A. James Clark School of Engineering - Research Programs
  • Program of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENEE)
  • Degree: MS or PhD

In the Previous Education section, please enter your cumulative GPA for all schools attended as listed on your transcript. International students should NOT convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale.

In the Upload Requirements section, only item #4 (Resume/CV) is required. Please disregard all other items as these materials will not be considered as part of the application.

After responding to both required and relevant items, submit your application and pay the $75 application fee.

Application Status:
You can log in to your application anytime to check the status of your application. This information will be displayed on your application dashboard.

Application Assistance:

  • If you need to make any changes after you have submitted the application, you must contact the Graduate School at gradschool@umd.edu.
  • For any technical difficulties with the online application, please contact Application Support.
  • For all other questions relating to the application process, please contact the department at ecegradstudies@umd.edu.

Application Review Process


After your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the ECE Department. The department will decide whether or not to recommend you for admission to the Graduate School. The Graduate School makes all final admissions decisions and will issue the official admission letter.

In most cases, applicants who have submitted complete application packages by the stated deadline should receive notification of admission or rejection between February and May. Once the decision has been made, you will be able to view your decision letter online by logging back into your application.

Financial Aid


The department offers various types of financial aid to exceptionally qualified applicants. If you indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for financial aid and submit all your application materials by December 1, you will be considered for all available forms of funding. Most financial aid offers are made before April 15th.

  • Clark School Distinguished Graduate Fellowships are offered to applicants with exceptionally strong academic records. Fellowships include full tuition remission, subsidized health benefits, and a generous stipend.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are nine-month appointments that are awarded to excellent students. They consist of teaching responsibilities in a discussion section or lab or grading responsibilities. You do not need to apply separately for a TA position.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are awarded to applicants by individual faculty members who have active, grant-funded research projects. You may wish to contact faculty members with whom you are interested in working to inquire about GRA opportunities.

Our Graduate Handbook further details the opportunities listed above.

US students interested in receiving Federal support should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 15 University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid priority deadline.

I-20 for International Students


The I-20 is issued by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office when the Graduate School grants admission. Admitted students will receive all necessary immigration information in order to obtain an I-20 directly from ISSS.

Deferment of Admission and Term Changes


To request a deferment of admission or term change, please email ecegradstudies@umd.edu

Application Withdrawal Dates/Termination of Admission Status


Please note that all incomplete applications and applications from international students who are not cleared for admission will be withdrawn by May 31. Applicants who do not register for the semester for which they are admitted will have their admission terminated.

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