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 chemical engineering process.

Both thesis and non-thesis options.


THE GRADUATE DEGREES

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

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
  • 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

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 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

RESEARCH

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.

Research areas for graduate students are highly interdisciplinary and include:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Battery Modeling and Control
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Communications and Networks
  • Computer Engineering & Science
  • Control Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • 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
  • 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.

Employment:

Our graduates have obtained employment from companies such as HDR Inc., ARCADIS, Babcock & Wilcox, AECOM/URS, G. Stephens, Inc., Kajima International, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Student spotlight

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

“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 & GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

Tuition & Fees

Current graduate student tuition and fees can be found in the Office of Student Accounts.

Graduate Assistantships & Financial Aid

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.

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.

Also, visit the The Graduate School for applications and more information.