Engineering, Electrical and Computer (PHD, MS)

Program Overview

Graduate programs offered by Binghamton University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are competitive and affordable options for students seeking to obtain a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree while conducting research in their areas of interest. Our program was ranked in the top 25 percentile in the nation by Academics Analytics, alongside Johns Hopkins University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Brown University. Designed to prepare students for a broad range of career paths, our curriculum is diverse and highly flexible to suit the student’s personal interests.

Interested students are encouraged to explore faculty research areas, which include speech recognition, cyber security, new/green energy, circuit design, next-gen computer engineering and e-health. The department receives funding from resources such as the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority and the National Science Foundation. Students can receive funding through teaching and research assistantships. Often, assistantships include a stipend and a tuition scholarship.

Before beginning the application process, students should recognize how their personal interests align with faculty research areas and think extensively about professional ambitions. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at with questions.

Degrees Offered

  • PHD in Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The department works closely with faculty from other disciplines and both domestic and international researchers. These collaborations are conducted through research centers such as the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education and the Center for Autonomous Solar Power.

Specific research specializations include:

  • Steganography and watermarking
  • Signal process in sensor networks
  • Signal process for communications
  • Speech signal processing
  • Optoelectronics and laser communication
  • Fault-tolerant control systems
  • Robust control of power systems
  • Computer and network security
  • Computer architecture
  • Low-power VLSI
  • Solar cell devices and systems
  • BioMEMS/NEMS, biosensors and biofuel cells
  • Medical cyber physical systems
  • Smart grid power systems

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After You Graduate

91% of our doctoral students obtain positions within 3 months of graduation, employed by companies such as GlobalFoundries, Toshiba and Facebook. Our graduates are prepared to enter the industry or continue their research in academic institutions, such as the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Many obtain positions with competitive companies such as IBM, Verizon Wireless, Siemens Industry Inc, Lockheed Martin and federal agencies. Recent alumni have become an optics module test engineer at Intel, and a resesarch engineer at the Ford Motor Company.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of 2 to 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 the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
    • Master's students: GRE scores are optional
    • Doctoral students: GRE scores are strongly recommended
    • GRE scores are strongly recommended for master's and doctoral students who want to be considered for a graduate assistantship (TA/GA/RA)

For MS applicants:

  • 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
  • Minimum GRE quantitative scores of 155 required; minimum of 169 preferred
    • GRE scores are not required for graduates of ABET-accredited programs.
  • Qualified applicants with other backgrounds may be extended an offer of conditional admission which will last until they fulfill the department's requirements for regular admission.

For PhD applicants:

  • Applicants who have completed a MS/MEng degree in electrical engineering at Binghamton University: Minimum GPA of 3.5. This GPA is not a dominate factor. We consider the entire application. Submit 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants completing a BS in electrical engineering at Binghamton University: Minimum GPA of 3.7. Submit 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants completing an MS degree at Binghamton University: Contact department directly for details.
  • Applicants completing an MS degree from another institution: Submit 2 letters of recommendation.

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2023 application cycle.

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 118
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 82%


GRE Quantitative: 90%


Total Enrollment: 43
GRE Quantitative: 94%
GPA: 3.33

*Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the most recently admitted class. Scoring lower will not result in automatic rejection of your application, and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.


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Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Engineering, Electrical and Computer website.