Engineering undergrad students at The University of Akron

Graduate Studies in Electrical and Computer 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 electrical and computer engineering process.


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

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer 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. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering

Our interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering degree 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
  • Computer Engineering
  • Control Systems and Robotics
  • Electromagnetics and Antenna Theory
  • Integrated Circuits and VLSI
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Power/Energy Systems
  • Signal Processing and Machine Learning
  • Solid State and Nanotechnology

Why UA?

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 16 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, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Ohio Development Services Agency


Our faculty members regularly conduct research to design and engineer new devices, circuits, systems, and techniques for solving important problems in electrical and computer engineering with direct applications in energy, health, transportation and information technology industries.

Research areas for graduate students are highly interdisciplinary and include:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Communications and Networks
  • Computer Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronics and Embedded Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Hybrid Vehicle Technology
  • Networked and Distributed Systems
  • Optical Electronics and Photonic Devices
  • Photonics and Nanophotonics
  • Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Motion Control
  • Sensors

Career Paths

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 in academics and industry. Some of their employers include NASA, Qualcomm, Nintendo, Cisco Systems, Xilinx, Dell, Goodyear, Timken, etc.

Student spotlight

Electrical and Computer engineering graduate PhD student Bach Tran at The University of Akron
Electrical and Computer engineering graduate PhD student Bach Tran at The University of Akron

“UA is preparing me with 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. I have a huge advantage over other job candidates because at UA 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 can be found in the Office of Student Accounts.

Graduate Assistantships & Financial Aid

It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available.

Graduate assistantships help pay for school.

  • They are available for doctoral students on a competitive basis.
  • The deadline for receipt of assistantship applications is February 1 for Fall admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.

Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students.

For more information

Direct questions to:

Esther Wain-Weiss
Director, Graduate Programs and Administration