Electrical and Computer Engineering

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Diversity Essay
    • Only required for on-campus applicants who attended high school in the United States and are seeking support through a Purdue fellowship; 500 words or less.
    • Describe your leadership experience, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • The GRE is optional for all applicants. Be aware that applicants with a lower GPA or from a school that Purdue ECE may not be familiar with may benefit from providing strong GRE scores.
    • Average scores of successful applicants are:
      • Verbal: 154
      • Quantitative: 166
      • Analytical Writing: 4.0

English Proficiency Requirements


Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.25 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.25 or equivalent (A=4.0; Average GPA of admitted students is 3.6)

Application Deadlines


  • Residential

  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 1* September 1 No Entry PhD and MS

  • *December 1 is the deadline for priority consideration for financial support. Only a limited number of admissions will be granted to applicants whose application is completed after December 1. The final deadline is April 1.

  • Online

  • Fall Spring Summer
    July 15 December 15 No Entry MS

Program Contact Information


Additional Information


  • Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.
  • Bachelor's level students are normally considered for admission into the Master's program; however, bachelor's level students with exceptionally strong undergraduate records may apply for and be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. degree program.
  • Letters of Recommendation should be submitted online. If your recommenders are unable to submit electronically, you must download the recommendation form and complete the top portion before giving to your recommender(s) to include with their letter.
  • International applicants who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship must submit the IBT TOEFL and have a Speaking score of 23.
  • Non-native English speakers who do not take the TOEFL cannot be considered for TA positions.
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