Admissions for Graduate Study


Programs of Study

The Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering offer Programs of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degrees.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is a growing interdisciplinary engineering department with a focus on research and education in a wide variety of sub-disciplines, ranging from image and signal processing to nanoscale engineering. The department gives students a unique perspective on how electrical and computer technology can be used to solve important human problems. With expert faculty, cutting-edge research, and innovative facilities, our students are given the opportunity and resources to make significant contributions to the field and become leaders in industry, government, and academia.

The department has particular strengths in the areas of VLSI Design, Signal Processing, Communication theory, Electro-optics, Microwave, with newer facilities for research in emerging areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology and computer engineering.

In addition to our own expertise, other departments in the school of Engineering offer programs in distinctive specialties, including biotechnology, environmental health, hazardous materials management, product engineering, human factors, multimedia, and biomedical optics. The Graduate School also offers an interdisciplinary doctoral program that allows students to devise their course of study. Applicants for graduate degrees in engineering are required to have a suitable background in mathematics and engineering sciences and the prerequisite understanding for the advanced engineering courses to be taken. Requirements for the M.S. degree are ten courses including a written thesis; however, a master's report or a design project may be elected in place of a thesis. There is an oral examination covering the thesis research.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree normally have completed requirements for the M.S. degree in their discipline and must pass a Ph.D. qualifying examination. Students in the Ph.D. program must take twenty credits beyond the M.S. degree. These credits include both course work and a dissertation; the dissertation effort is usually assigned ten credits. The qualifying examination is a single, written examination that must be taken within one academic year of admission to the Ph.D. program (within two academic years for part-time students).

A PhD degree is conferred upon a candidate if he or she satisfactorily completes the program of course work established by a faculty committee, writes a dissertation on the research effort, and defends the dissertation orally. The candidate must also demonstrate proficiency in technical writing.

Fulltime M.S and Ph.D. students ordinarily take four courses per term. Students with research or teaching assistant ships take the equivalent of two or three courses per term. These courses are supplemented by their thesis research. One year of residence is required for the master's degree, another two years beyond the master's degree for the Ph.D. These are minimum requirements. A PhD student normally spends 3 to 4 years after their master's degree.

Financial Aid

Full and partial tuition scholarships are available to many M.S. and most Ph.D. students. Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis for students with good academic standing; stipends are currently $15,000 for the nine-month academic year. Incoming students demonstrating exceptional research ability will be nominated for the prestigious Provost fellowship and the Dean's fellowship awards, which provide additional support over and above the stipend. These fellowships are competitive and a department usually nominates a few students from the incoming pool for these awards. To find out about financial aid, please visit the following link: Tufts Graduate Financial Aid.

More Information

Please contact in the ECE Department for more information about programs and requirements.

Please contact the Tufts Graduate Office for general information and application materials.