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Kansas State University
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2061 Rathbone Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-5600
Fax: (785) 532-1188
Hours: 8 am-12pm, 1pm-5pm M-F

ECE Graduate School

Overview of Graduate Program

Program Description

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and participates in the College of Engineering Doctor of Philosophy program. Several areas of specialization are available at the graduate level. Major areas are bioengineering, communications systems, computer systems, control systems, electromagnetics, power systems, instrumentation, signal processing, and solid-state electronics.

At the master's level there are three options: thesis, report, course work only. The course work only option is available as a totally online program for distance students and offers specializations in either electrical power systems or communications and networking. All require a minimum of 30 hours of credit. The Ph.D. program requires 60 hours beyond the master's including original research of sufficient quality and importance to merit publication in a referred journal.

Program Requirements

Most incoming students have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering or computer engineering. Students with backgrounds in physics, mathematics, computer science and other areas are also accepted into the program. These students may be required to complete undergraduate electrical engineering courses prior to full graduate admission. GRE scores are required for all students who do not have an electrical or computer engineering degree from an ABET accredited program. Minimum required scores on the GRE are: 

GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011

* Verbal 145
* Quantitative 155
* Analytical 3.0

Applications for international students must be received by January 1 for fall admission and August 1 for spring admission.

Research Facilities

The department is located in Rathbone Hall. This 100,000-square-foot facility has been designed to provide an excellent academic environment. There are numerous well-equipped instructional and research laboratories including the Communications Lab, Signal Processing Lab, Instrumentation Lab, Microcomputer Lab, Digital Systems Lab, Audio Lab, Bioengineering Lab, Energy Systems Lab, and Solid-State Electronics Lab.

Extensive networked computing resources are available to the department. The KSU Computing Center provides service with internet access.

Financial Support

Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Most graduate assistants will have both teaching and research responsibilities. Students on five-tenths time assistantships pay in-state fees.

GRA Positions Available

PhD Fellowship Opportunity

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering invites outstanding PhD applicants to apply to the PhD Fellowship Program, which provides an award of additional $8,000 to selected PhD applicants. Interested applicants must formally request the fellowship during the application process submitting this form.​

Career Opportunities

Graduate study in electrical engineering will prepare engineers to pursue careers in many diverse, high-technology areas. These careers can be in government, industry, or acadamia. Possible areas of employment are communications systems, medical equipment design, computer design and applications, power generation and distribution, automotive systems, manufacturing systems, and so on. Electricity and electronics are so necessary for our quality of life that is difficult to find an area in which electrical and computer engineers are not employed.

Faculty Contact

For additional information, please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2061 Rathbone Hall Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-5204
Phone: (785) 532-5600