What will I learn?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is a broad field encompassing many diverse areas such as computers and digital systems, control, communications, electronics, signal processing, electromagnetics, electro-optics, physics of electronic devices, and device fabrication. As in most areas of engineering, knowledge of mathematics and the natural sciences is combined with engineering fundamentals and applied to the theory, design, analysis, and implementation of devices and systems for the benefit of society. Graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in three major areas of specialization:

  • Computer Engineering (CE);
  • Communications, Control and Signal Processing (CCSP);
  • Electronic and Photonics (EP)

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Doctoral students must have completed at least 72.0 units of coursework)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January, November, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, March, September, October 2022


College of Engineering

Lagoon Road,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TEOFL score of 550.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).

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


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