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Electrical Engineering

Administrative Unit:Electrical and Computer Engineering
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor
Named Options: Power Engineering (M.S.)

Faculty: Professors Booske (chair), Hu (co-chair), Anderson, Barmish, Boston, Botez, DeMarco, Gubner, Hagness, Hitchon, Jahns, Jiang, Knezevic, Lesieutre, Lipasti, Ma, Mawst, Nowak, Ramanathan, Saluja, Sayeed, Sethares, Shohet, van der Weide, Van Veen, Venkataramanan, Wendt; Associate Professors Behdad, Davoodi, Kim, Milenkovic, Morrow, Willett; Assistant Professors Han, Ludois, Yu, Zhang


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has facilities for graduate study and research leading to the master of science (M.S.) degree and the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering. The regulations of the Graduate School and the department must be followed to complete the requirements for each degree.

Graduate courses are offered in all basic areas of electrical engineering. The following eight specializations can be pursued in depth: automatic control systems; biomedical engineering; communication and signal processing; computer engineering; electromagnetic fields and waves; energy and power systems; plasmas and controlled fusion; solid state electronics and photonics.

Laboratory facilities provide opportunities for research in biomedical computing; computer-aided engineering; computer architecture; data acquisition and simulation; digital control and instrumentation; digital engineering; digital microprocessors; digital signal processing; medical instrumentation; microelectronics and integrated-circuit fabrication; microwave devices, circuits, and antennas; photonics and optics; plasmas and controlled fusion; rotating electric machines and power electronics; speech processing; thin-film devices; VLSI systems; and x-ray lithography.

Power engineering courses are offered both on campus and online. The M.S. in electrical engineering, named option: power is an online degree that includes a full curriculum of courses covering both the theory and applications of power electronics, electric machines, adjustable-speed drives, power systems, and alternative energy through electrical and computer engineering. A companion online M.S. program is also offered in mechanical engineering.

There are opportunities for research at both M.S. and Ph.D. levels.

Doctoral Minor 

Ph.D. students from other UW–Madison graduate programs who wish to earn a minor degree in ECE are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of ECE courses numbered 400 or above, approved by the ECE department, with grades of B or better. In addition, at least three of these credits must be earned in courses numbered 700 or above. At most, one course cross-listed with the student's major program may be counted toward the minor credits provided such a course is taught by ECE faculty. Moreover, such a course cannot be applied to satisfy the student's major requirements. No examinations are required other than those given in the courses.


An applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. International applications can find specific information for their country on the Graduate School Admission Requirements page. The department welcomes applications from scientific, engineering, and mathematical disciplines other than ECE.                               

A grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 basis) is the minimum requirement for admission consideration. Submission of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores is required for all applicants whose undergraduate degrees are not from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and for all applicants seeking departmental financial support. 

ECE uses an online application process

For more information: ECE Graduate Admissions Office, 2312 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-5570; ece.gradadmissions@engr.wisc.edu; https://www.engr.wisc.edu/ece/ece-future-graduates-main.html