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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering are designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers by providing a foundation of study in several technical areas. Your course of study will be individualized to suit your interests, with intensive training in numerous specializations, such as all aspects of computer engineering, control systems, signal processing and communications, information assurance, VLSI, microelectronics, electro-optics, and power/energy.

The Master's of Science (MS) degree program prepares students for development-oriented engineering careers and/or continuation onto doctoral studies by providing a balance of advanced theory and practical engineering knowledge. The typical time for completion of the MS is 18–24 months of full-time study.

The Master's of Engineering (MEng) program prepares students for careers in professional practice. The MEng degree program requires no thesis or project and can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. It can also be taken entirely online through EngiNet. The flexibility of the MEng program makes it especially well-suited to part-time students who seek to enhance their job marketability by extending their skills beyond the BS degree. 

The doctoral degree (PhD) program is a research-focused program that prepares students for research and development careers in corporate, academic, and/or research lab environments.

Doctoral graduate placements include: Senior Design Engineer at Global Foundries, Senior Staff Engineer at Toshiba, Software Engineer at Facebook Inc., Assistant Professor at East Kentucky University, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MS in Electrical Engineering 
  • MEng in Electrical Engineering
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MS Rolling admission, with February 1 deadline for funding consideration Rolling admission, with recommended submission date of October 15
MEng Rolling admission, with February 1 deadline for funding consideration Rolling admission, with recommended submission date of October 15
PhD Rolling admission, with February 1 deadline for funding consideration Rolling admission, with recommended submission date of October 15

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Applicant Qualifications


  • Undergraduate major in electrical engineering, computer engineering or related field
  • Previous coursework experience in each of the following (or equivalent) areas:
    • Calculus through differential equations
    • Computer programming
    • Electrical circuits
    • Electronics
    • Digital design logic
    • Laboratory experience
  • Qualified applicants with non-ECE backgrounds may be extended an offer of conditional admission which will last until they fulfill the department's requirements for regular admission (generally, completion of specific undergraduate courses)
  • Minimum GRE quantitative scores of 700 (old scale; 155 new scale); (750 old scale preferred; 169 new scale). GRE scores not required for graduates of ABET-accredited engineering programs
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based exam) for students whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 100 is desirable for students seeking teaching assistantships


  • Applicants completing an MS degree at Binghamton University: Contact department directly for details
  • Applicants holding or about to complete an MS degree from another university: Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants completing a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) at Binghamton University:
    • Minimum GPA 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Three letters of recommendation

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university at which you earned a degree
  • Two letters of recommendation (except PhD applicants, as described above)
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Last Updated: 2/10/15