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Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Programs

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*

  • December 1:  For priority consideration for financial support, applications and all supporting materials must be received by December 1.
  • February 1:  International applicants must submit applications and all supporting materials by February 1.
  • May 1:  U.S. citizens must submit applications and all supporting materials by May 1.

*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 3.0 (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 Office of International Services website for the minimum TOEFL and IELTS requirements. Applicants are competitively judged by a faculty committee.

How To Apply

Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School website. Please select ENEE as your program code. After you submit your application, you will be asked to fill out the Application Supplemental Form (ASF). Please remember to enter your GPA in the "Universities Attended" section and follow the directions precisely. International applicants should NOT convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale. Overall GPA should be calculated according to the directions on the ASF if it has not been calculated on your transcript.

Supporting Documents

Your online application must be submitted before you submit any supporting documents. We require:

  • GRE test scores (general test only)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • official, sealed transcripts

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. 

Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically in order to avoid delays in reviewing your application. You will enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders when you complete your ASF. We require official institutional email addresses for your recommenders.

Statement of purpose should be uploaded to the ASF. A CV or resume may also be uploaded. PDF format is preferred.

Official, sealed transcripts must be sent to:

University of Maryland, College Park
Enrollment Services Operations – Attn: Graduate Admissions 
Room 0130 Mitchell Building 
College Park, MD 20742

Please include your name and birth date on all hard copy materials. If the name and birth date on your supporting materials do not match the name you provided in your online application, your materials may be misplaced.

Enrollment Services Operations (ESO) will process your supporting documents and attach them to your application for the academic department to review. Please allow two weeks for processing from the time when ESO receives your materials. You may check the status of your materials by logging back into your graduate application. If we have not received your application materials after an appropriate amount of time has passed, please email us at Do not send another copy of the materials. It is possible that they have been misplaced and can be easily located. 

Please do not send any additional supporting documents not requested by the department (i.e. publications, papers, abstracts, certificates). They will be discarded and not reviewed. You may acknowledge these additional distinctions in your statement of purpose or resume. 

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.

International students: transcripts, certification of finances, and TOEFL or IELTS scores must also be reviewed by the Graduate School. The Graduate School makes all final admission decisions and will issue your official admission letter. Please note that it is not mandatory to submit your certification of finances before the ECE Department reviews your application. However, you will not receive your official decision until the certification is received by the Graduate School.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid offers are made before April 15th. 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.

  • 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 (pdf) 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 priority deadline.

Decision Date

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 graduate application.

I-20 for International Students

The I-20 is issued by the Office of International Services (OIS) when the Graduate School grants admission. Before the Graduate School can issue an official offer of admission, international students must be cleared for finances. You can find more information about certification of finances here. Students who are cleared for finances and formally admitted will have the option of expediting their I-20s using the E-Ship Global service. This service allows students to pay for express shipping for their immigration documents via DHL or FedEx. Students will receive information about this service by email from OIS within a few days of being formally admitted.

Deferment of Admission and Term Changes

Once an official admission letter has been issued, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may defer their admission for a period of up to one year. International students can only request a term change for their applications.  Their applications must be re-evaluated with no guarantee of admission. To request a deferment of admission or term change, please email

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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