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Master’s & Ph.D.

The University of Washington Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s graduate programs prepare 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 Boeing, Microsoft, Honeywell, Intel, Apple, Amazon, Philips, T-Mobile, Lockheed Martin and more.

Master of Science

The master of science program prepares students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to continue on to 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 as independent researchers and scholars. It is the highest degree awarded in the field. 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 is a perennial top-20 best graduate school as ranked by 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 coursework and thesis options. The degree is geared both towards students seeking to then going into industry, or to continue on to a Ph.D. program.


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

Curriculum Groups

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

  • Biosystems
  • Communications and Networking
  • Data Science
  • Photonics and Nano Devices
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Robotics and Controls


UW ECE is able to guarantee funding for Ph.D. students for at least 4 years of support via a combination of fellowships and research and teaching assistantships. The majority of our master’s students are self-funded.

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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