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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz offers Electrical Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in the following areas: 

Electrical and Computer Engineering enjoys a close relationship with multiple departments, both in the Baskin School of Engineering and the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. We collaborate with faculty from the departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology.

ECE faculty are affiliated with several state-funded, federally funded, and nationally recognized centers, providing opportunities for research and training. Some of these are the Center for Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems, Center for Adaptive Optics, Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Institute for Quantitative Biology (QB3), and the Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

The department also has ties to nearby industry, employing electrical engineering professionals as visiting and adjunct faculty and arranging for students to gain practical research experience through work in industrial labs. We encourages students to seek practical training as part of their graduate education.

Students begin the program with the completion of courses in a core area of interest and then proceed to do research in their area of specialization. The M.S. degree can be completed in two years. M.S. students must complete a master's thesis or pass the comprehensive exam. A Ph.D. degree is usually completed in four to six years. Ph.D. students are required to take a preliminary exam within their first two years of study. After completing the course requirements, students must pass an oral qualifying exam and write a dissertation. Part-time study is possible for students working in industry while going to school.

M.S. and Ph.D. Studies 

Program Learning Outcomes for M.S. and Ph.D. 

Class Schedules

Graduate Director

Ricardo Sanfelice
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering 2, Room 321
By appointment only.

Graduate Advisor

Jennifer Cornwell
Graduate Advisor, Electrical and Computer Engineering MS/PhD