Admission to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

The information below has been provided by the Department.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. We offer both a Master of Science in Engineering Degree (MSE) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in the major of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Our graduate program is the backbone of our scientific endeavors, and we are looking for those students who have the potential to integrate with, and contribute to our varied research activities while pursuing in-depth study in your chosen area.

Please take the time to browse our website, for we have substantial information on admissions, financial aid, research, and the city of Austin in general:

Department website for graduate students

Information on admission and instructions for submitting your application for the graduate program are located at this URL.

In all cases our review of an application is based on consideration of the entire set of application materials, including transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Keep in mind that no single factor is used to make an admission decision; we attempt to match applicant qualifications and needs with our department's ability to provide a rich, stimulating graduate education.

  1. A typical successful applicant to the ECE Graduate Program has a GPA (grade point average) in upper division coursework (junior and senior level, or comparable) of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or comparable GPA).
  2. A typical successful applicant to the ECE Graduate Program has scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that fall within the ranges listed below. These ranges are based on the average GRE scores of students admitted to the program for the 2007-2008 academic year:

    Verbal: 550 - 800
    Quantitative: 750 - 800
    Analytical: 5.0 - 6.0

    Only the general GRE exam is required (no subject tests are necessary.) You must arrange for an official record of your scores to be sent to the University no later than December 1 in order to comply with our application deadline.

  3. For International Students, an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer-based test) is considered average for students admitted to the University of Texas at Austin.
  4. Please note that effective October 1, 2007, the TOEFL is now offered in the form of an Internet-Based Exam, which is also accepted. The equivalent score is 100.

    If you hold bachelor's degrees from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL. Information concerning TOEFL schedules and test centers may be obtained from U.S. consulates or binational cultural centers in many countries or from the TOEFL website

    We appreciate your inquiry into graduate studies here at the University of Texas. The following web addresses offer specific information about our faculty, courses, and research here in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. We offer you good luck in your future academic endeavors.

    Other information.


    Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Barry Levitch
    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    ENS 104, C0803
    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78712-1084
    Tel: (512) 232-1458
    Fax: (512) 475-7692
    email: blevittch .at.

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