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Master’s & Ph.D.

The University of Washington Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s graduate programs prepares students to impact the future and address pressing challenges in healthcare, energy, the environment, communication and more.

Located in Seattle, Washington, graduate students are in close proximity to prominent technology companies as well as a vibrant start-up community, making UW ECE an ideal location to launch a career. Graduates enjoy rewarding positions at research institutions or in industry, working for companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Boeing, Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, Agilent, T-Mobile, Verizon, Motorola, Qwest, National Instruments and more.

Master of Science

The master of science program prepares students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to pursue Ph.D. studies. Master’s degree students include recent undergraduates seeking more technical depth, working engineers who want to advance their career and professionals from other backgrounds seeking to enter the field.

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The Ph.D. program prepares students for work in academia or industry.  Students work closely with distinguished faculty on research and pursue their own innovative projects, preparing them to make a difference in the world.

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UW ECE was ranked #19 among the best graduate schools in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top electrical engineering department in the region. Students work under the instruction of world-renowned researchers and are immersed in the department’s entrepreneurial environment. Technology developed in UW ECE labs is frequently translated into the business community for real-world impact.


UW ECE admits graduate students annually, in autumn quarter. Admission is highly competitive.


Master of Science

The UW ECE master’s program offers both a coursework option for students interested in working in industry and a thesis option for students who may consider pursuing a Ph.D.


The Ph.D. curriculum prepares students for their dissertation research.

Curriculum Groups

UW ECE is active in most areas of electrical & computer engineering research:

  • Communications and Networking
  • Nanotechnology, MEMS and Photonics
  • Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing
  • Power and Energy
  • Systems, Controls and Robotics
  • Speech, Image and Video Processing
  • Integrated Systems, Circuits and VLSI


UW ECE is able to offer funding for Ph.D. students, whereas the majority of our master’s students are self-funded.

Information Sessions

Are you an engineering, math or physical sciences student interested in graduate school in electrical & computer engineering? UW ECE holds information sessions several times a year where you can learn more about our programs for MSEE (daytime) and Ph.D. degrees. Current UW ECE graduate students and an academic adviser are available to answer questions.


  • Preparation and admissions
  • Master’s vs. Ph.D. programs
  • Degree requirements
  • Research groups and more!

Watch our most recent Information Session below!

Find the next session: ECE Events Calendar

Professional Master’s Program

Are you a working professional or a full-time student interested in pursuing a career in industry? The Electrical & Computer Engineering Professional Master’s Program offers a flexible degree that features industry- responsive curriculum.

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