Graduate Studies in Electrical Engineering 

The graduate Electrical and Computer Engineering program at The University of Akron provides students with the opportunity to deepen their technical and leadership skills as an engineer in a world driven by technology. This program prepares students for careers in industry, government, or academia by developing advanced skills in the chemical engineering process. 

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.


Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering degree focuses on deepening your fundamental knowledge of electrical engineering and gaining professional skills and hand-on experiences useful for careers in industry, government, or academia.

Ph.D. in Engineering
Our interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering allows you to have a specific research focus completely customized to your interest. Ph.D students focus more on conducting the cutting-edge and high impact research across different interdisciplinary fields, with our faculty members in a collaborative environment that is informal, friendly and intellectually vigorous.

View thesis and dissertation guidelines.

Graduate students can specialize in one of the following areas: 

  • Communications, Networks and Information Systems
    Control Systems and Robotics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetics and Antenna Theory
  • Integrated Circuits and VLSI
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Power/Energy Systems
  • Signal Processing and Machine Learning
  • Solid State and Nanotechnology
  • Power and Control
  • Electromagnetics and Electronics
  • Computer and Communications


Our program is

  • Flexible, with options for evening classes
    Accommodates varied educational backgrounds
    Provides options for research-based and coursework-based degrees

Our faculty

  • Consists of 23 nationally and internationally renowned experts who actively conduct research in their respective areas
    Have strong research programs
    Are active in industry collaborations locally

Opportunities for you

  • Access to the latest equipment and software that is used in companies and academia
    Graduate level classes are small enough to ensure personal attention by the professors while large enough to facilitate group projects and interactions.
    Students work on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Ohio Department of Transportation.


Our faculty members regularly conduct research to engineer the molecules, materials, devices, and systems for solving chemical engineering problems and beyond in energy, health, and sustainability industries. [list 2-3 specific research examples].
Research areas for graduate students are highly interdisciplinary and include:

Research Areas

  • Alternative Energy
  • Battery Modeling and Control
    Biomedical Instrumentation
    Communications and Networks
    Computer Engineering & Science
    Control Systems
    Electronics and Embedded Systems
    Energy Management
    Hybrid Vehicle Technology
    Imaging and Surveillance Systems
    Motor Drives
    Networked and Distributed Systems
    Optical Electronics and Photonic Devices
    Photonics an Nanophotonics
    Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Motion Control


Our graduates are in demand. Many secure top positions in industry, government, and academia. The Electrical and Computer Engineering principles and techniques taught in graduate studies are a foundation for a broad spectrum of engineered systems. This advanced degree provides students with a competitive advantage over their peers. 100% of our graduates are placed in positions within their areas of focus.

Our graduates have obtained employment at companies such as Elite IT Solutions, Coca-Cola Company, Rockwell Automation, Diebold.


“UA is preparing me by encouraging a new way of thinking about and solving any problem. It is the most important skill for me to have as an engineer. The problems I need to solve diverge into many areas such as mathematical literature, system architecture, programming, CAD design, etc. This gives me a huge advantage over other job candidates because I’m able to put into practice what I’ve learned in my studies,” Bach Tran, pursuing Ph.D. in Engineering.


Tuition & Fees
Current graduate student tuition and fees.

Financial Aid and Graduate Assistantships

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Graduate assistantships help pay for school. They are available for doctoral studies on a competitive basis. The deadline for receipt of assistantship applications is February 1 for Fall admission and three letters of recommendation are required.

For applications and financial aid information, visit the The University of Akron Graduate School.