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We offer top-tier graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering in both in-person and online formats to best match your needs and professional aspirations. Our low student-faculty ratio ensures that you will interact closely with our expert faculty. We offer Graduate Certificate programs targeted in specific areas in ECE and Cybersecurity, MS programs in ECE and Cybersecurity, and an ECE Ph.D. program. Our graduates are well positioned to succeed in industry at companies such as Apple, Google, Uber, academic paths at universities and research labs, entrepreneurial ventures, or public policy.

The ECE Department at the University of Delaware is seeking MS and Ph.D. students to join the graduate program starting Fall 2023. Our more than 100 doctoral students specialize in research areas that include semiconductor device fabrication, nano electronics and photonics, RF engineering, embedded systems and integrated circuits, hardware and software design, smart grid and energy systems, machine learning and large-scale data analysis, cybersecurity, high performance computing, signal processing and imaging systems, and communication systems. Financial support for the Ph.D. program, and for strong MS students, is available in the form of Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships and Scholarships, all of them providing competitive stipends, full tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.

Exceptional applicants are encouraged to apply for one of our six “First Year Departmental Scholarships” for doctoral students. Students awarded these Scholarships will be fully supported in their first academic year. The ECE Department will provide full support during their first semester, so that they are able to explore different research groups. At the end of the first semester, first year scholars will choose a doctoral advisor, who will fund them as Research Assistants during the second semester. Following the first year, doctoral students are typically supported through research or teaching assistant positions. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or equivalent, is required. Applications should be received by February 1, 2023 for full consideration. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Contact: Gwen Looby, Graduate Academic Advisor


Electrical & Computer Engineering (PhD)

Do fundamental research with world-class faculty and prepare for a career in academic research or industrial research and development.

Master’s Degree and Certificates

Electrical & Computer Engineering (MS)

Broaden your knowledge base through our non-thesis option or do in-depth research through our thesis option.

Electrical & Computer Engineering (MS Online)

Earn your degree from anywhere in the world.

Electrical & Computer Engineering (Certificates)

Expand your knowledge in one of nine specialty areas.

Cybersecurity Degrees and Certificates

Cybersecurity (MS)

Gain advanced training in the critically important field of cybersecurity with a program that program emphasizes design of secure software and systems, security analytics, and secure business systems.

Cybersecurity (MS Online)

This completely online degree was designed for working adults and can be completed in as little as two years.

Cybersecurity Certificate

This nine-credit program will expand your knowledge of cybersecurity.

Joint Graduate Degrees

MBA + MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Broaden your knowledge of electrical and computer engineering and develop a detailed understanding of the business environment.

James Luck

M.S. in Business Analytics and Information Management + M.S. in Cybersecurity

Build skills that are critical to the successful implementation and management of both cybersecurity and IT in government and business.

Admission to the Graduate Program

Graduate Application Process Update: ECE does not require GRE scores. However, GRE scores will be considered if they are provided by the applicant. If you have any questions about the application process, please email Gwen Looby at

Applicants normally have a B.S. in Electrical or Computer engineering or related field such as math, physics, or computer science, with a “B” or better undergraduate record.  International applicants from countries that do not have English as the primary language must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The TOEFL Essentials will be accepted for applicants to the M.S. program in Electrical & Computer Engineering and M.S. program in Cybersecurity only.

Requirements Applicable to All Degree Programs

The following rules are applicable to all the degree programs:

  • A grade of B- or better is required for a course to count toward a degree requirement.  A student who receives a grade less than B- must either take the course over to raise the grade, or take another course approved by his/her advisor to replace it in meeting the degree requirement. 
  • Graduate students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all graduate work. Students with an overall grade point average below 3.0 are not eligible for any form of University financial aid. 
  • No course used to meet degree requirements may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • At most 9 credits approved for transfer from another institution may be used to meet degree requirements. Credit transfers must be approved by the Graduate Committee and the Graduate College.
  • At most 6 credits of independent study and/or special problems may be used to meet degree requirements.
  • Research credits may not be used to meet degree requirements. Research credit grades are, however, included in grade point average calculations.
  • All students in residence who have not been given sustaining status must enroll, each regular term, in at least one advanced technical course (for credit) and the research seminar in their area of concentration.