What will I learn?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. The department offers a comprehensive range of courses in the field of electrical engineering and computer engineering. Major research areas include bioelectronics and biomimetics, computer engineering, electromagnetics, device physics and electronics, and information systems.

Research facilities in ECE include the Nanotechnology Core Facility, a versatile MEMS/Nano facility, which also contains a microfabrication laboratory with a 3,000-square-foot Class 100/1000 clean room that enables a broad spectrum of innovative multidisciplinary research, and, a microfluidics center for studying properties of nanodrops; Andrews Electromagnetics Laboratory; Computational Intelligence Laboratory; Robotics Laboratory; Design Automation and Reconfiguration Technology Laboratory; Laboratory for Energy and Switching Electronics Systems; Multimedia Communications Laboratory; Nanoengineering Research Laboratory; Wireless Communications Laboratory; Micromechatronic Systems Laboratory; Networking Research Laboratory; Waveform Optimization Laboratory; and Advanced Electronics of Nano-Devices Laboratory.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (Minimum 108 semester hours; 32 hours transferred from MS)

Tuition fees
US$29,684.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2021

Start date

11 January 2021, 23 August 2021


College of Engineering

College of Engineering (M/C 159),

851 South Morgan,



60607, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 4-5 year bachelor.

For international students

  • Prior Degrees Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering or a related field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and an outstanding academic record are encouraged to seek admission directly to the PhD program.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.50/4.00.
  • Tests Required All international applicants should report general test scores of GRE. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to provide GRE scores; however, GRE scores may improve prospects for financial aid. Graduates of non-English-speaking countries who seek appointment as Teaching Assistants are encouraged to submit a TSE score (minimum acceptable score is 50).
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
  • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 590 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
  • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
  • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

University of Illinois at Chicago ranks No. 7 on the Best Values list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings

  • Chicago’s largest university with 30,000 students
  • Among the most diverse college campuses in the nation
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention
  • World-class research focus and facilities