Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. On this site, you will find information about our graduate program, the admission process, ECE faculty, research centers, financial resources, and most importantly, life in the beautiful state of Minnesota. --Murti Salapaka, Director of Graduate Studies

All questions regarding the application process should be directed to Linda Jagerson, Graduate Advisor, newgrad@umn.edu.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the core engineering programs within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE). We offer two graduate degree programs, MS and PhD. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) takes an average of two years to complete and can be earned via a thesis option or a coursework only option. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) typically takes three to four years beyond the MS degree.

What makes the University of Minnesota so special?

The University of Minnesota is one of the top public research universities in the United States. It ranks 8th among public universities in research spending. "The University of Minnesota is one of only a handful of research universities located in a high-tech urban area with more than 17 nearby Fortune 500 companies. Our expertise and world-class research centers in medical devices, new materials, 3D printing, and nanotechnology make our college a vital partner with the medical devices and health care industry. Our unique college structure of combining science and engineering together automatically leads to interdisciplinary research that can help local and national industry partners. Partnerships with one of the country's top medical schools (literally across the street) has led to technical innovations such as the pacemaker and, more recently, 3D visualization and technology that assisted with the first successful surgery to separate conjointed twins connected at the heart." --Professor Mos Kaveh, Dean, College of Science and Engineering.

University of Minnesota faculty led Forbes magazine to name Minneapolis one of the top 10 innovative cities. MnDrive—Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy—is a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota that aligns areas of research strength with the state’s key and emerging industries to address grand challenges. The annual College of Science and Engineering Career Fair, held in September, connects students seeking jobs, co-ops, and internships. More than 250 employers connect with students and recent alumni seeking jobs, co-ops, and internships.

The University of Minnesota is one of America's Public Ivy universities, which refers to top public universities in the United States capable of providing a collegiate experience comparable with the Ivy League (Wikipedia). Founded in 1851, the University is nestled around the scenic Mississippi river. In 2015, BuzzFeed ranked the University of Minnesota 9th most beautiful campus in the United States. The University has a multicultural and international community and we are committed to fostering a diverse, welcoming campus climate for all. The College of Science and Engineering supports women and underrepresented students by fostering an inclusive community and sponsoring a variety of programs.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, also provides a life beyond the campus like few other universities can. The dynamic communities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer something for everyone—nationally recognized arts and theater community, a thriving entertainment industry, four glorious seasons of outdoor recreation, exciting professional sports, shopping, and restaurants for every taste—all located close to campus.

The definition of mass transit in the Twin Cities is more than just city buses. The METRO Green Line is an 11-mile (18 km) light rail line that connects the central business districts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota as well as the University of Minnesota. The METRO Green Line travels right down Washington Avenue through the heart of the East Bank campus. The METRO Blue Line offers individuals quick and easy access to key destinations like the airport and the Mall of America.

The University of Minnesota has skywalks and tunnels to switch between buildings allowing you to never have to step outside during bad weather (The Gopher Way).

Notable graduates of ECE include: Inventors Earl Bakken (EE 1948) and Seymour Cray (EE 1949)

Earl Bakken invented the battery-operated cardiac pacemaker and founded Medtronic, Inc.

Seymour Cray invented the supercomputer and founded Cray Research.