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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.); Signal Processing and Machine Learning (M.S.)

Faculty: Professors Booske (chair), Gubner (vice-chair), Anderson, Barmish, Boston, Botez, DeMarco, Hagness, Hitchon, Hu, Jahns, Jiang, Knezevic, Lesieutre, Lipasti, Ma, Mawst, Nowak, Ramanathan, Sayeed, Sethares, Shohet, van der Weide, Vanveen, Venkataramanan, Wendt; Associate Professors Behdad, Davoodi, Milenkovic, Morrow, Willett; Assistant Professors Han, Kats, Lessard, Li, 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 master's program emphasizes the enhancement of professional knowledge and research techniques. The doctorate is a research degree emphasizing creativity and original approaches to problem-solving in electrical and computer 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 engineering 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. Please visit the Department of Engineering Professional Development's website for information regarding the online M.S. degree.

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 9 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 three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, an uploaded transcript, and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores is required for all applicants to the on-campus degree programs.  International students may need to also submit English Proficiency test scores. More information on admission to the ECE graduate program can be found here.

The ECE department uses an online application process.

Students interested in pursuing the online M.S. degree must complete the capstone certificate in power conversion and control offered by the Department of Engineering Professional Development. More information on this certificate and other admission requirements can be found here.

For more information: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2420 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706; www.engr.wisc.edu/department/electrical-computer-engineering/
On-campus M.S. and Ph.D. admission inquiries: ecegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu
Online M.S. in Electrical Engineering named option Power Engineering: epd.wisc.edu/online-degree/electrical-engineering-power-engineering/