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Graduate Program Admissions

Academic Qualifications

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Applicants may apply for admission to the MSECE or Ph.D. programs. Those applying to the Ph.D. program who do not already have a MS degree may earn the MSECE en route to the Ph.D. or may proceed directly to the Ph.D. Note that applicants should apply for the final degree they anticipate earning, e.g., apply to the Ph.D. program if you have a BSECE degree and plan to earn a MSECE and Ph.D. at UD. All applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a BS in electrical or computer engineering, or a related field, such as math, physics, or computer science. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate grade-point average in engineering, science, and mathematic courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum GRE score of 150 for the quantitative section with a combined total of 300 for the verbal and quantitative sections (for the new test). GRE test scores are good for 5 years so for those using the old testing scores, the minimum requirement is 600 for the quantitative section with a combined total of 1050 for the verbal and quantitative sections. (International applicants with low verbal scores will be considered if the applicant's TOEFL score is acceptable and if the quantitative GRE score is high.)
  • International applicants who have not graduated from a US institution must have minimum TOEFL scores of 550/79 (PBT/IBT) for admission and 600/100 (PBT/IBT) for consideration as a Teaching Assistant (TA).
  • An alternative to the TOEFL test is IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum requirement is 6.5 for admissions and 7.5 for a teaching assistantship.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from former teachers or supervisors.
  • Please complete ECE Application Supplemental Document

Application Information

Application deadline dates for the ECE Department for international applicants are May 1 for fall admission and November 1 for the spring admission. For domestic applicants the deadlines are August 1 for fall admission and January 1 for spring admission. No other forms are required for applicants to be considered for Research Assistant positions.

Submit applications electronically through the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Apply online here. All materials should be uploaded into your application, see their website for FAQ regarding the application process. Questions not answered in the online resources can be directed to

You will receive a decision via email by mid-May for fall applicants and mid-December for spring applicants.

Specific questions about graduate electrical and computer engineering programs may be addressed to:

  • Keith Goossen, Associate Professor
    Associate Chair for ECE Graduate Studies
    107 Evans Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-0590

  • Gwen Looby, Academic Advisor I - Graduate Program
    140 Evans Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-2406

Funding & Financial Aid

All graduate applications are reviewed for financial aid as well as admission. The majority of full-time graduate students in the ECE Department are supported through financial aid, primarily research assistant (RA) and teaching assistant (TA) positions. These positions offer competitive living expense stipends and cover all tuition costs. In exchange, students assist in course related duties (TA positions) or work on specific research topics (RA positions). Fellowships are also available for truly outstanding candidates. All supported graduate student positions are awarded on a competitive basis, with contracts reviewed on a regular basis. Once admitted, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA for all graduate work and must make progress on all degree milestones to remain eligible for financial aid.

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