ECE - M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Otherwise: Rolling admission

Application Checklist
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies:
  • Apply at:
  • $50 non-refundable application processing fee
  • One set of transcripts
  • Verification of English proficiency (non-native English speakers)
  • If not a US citizen and expect to obtain an F or J visa, provide financial information
  • International students: Upload copies of all college-or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

Required by Electrical Engineering
  • Entrance Exam: GRE score optional
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Other uploads: Optionally, applicants may upload or provide links to additional documents for the committee to review, such as research papers, theses, or publications, that have not already been uploaded elsewhere in the application.

As Nebraska's College of Engineering, we are deeply connected to the booming engineering and tech industries in the state and nationally, enabling our students to develop valuable connections for their future career choices. And, we work to create an atmosphere that connects you with a diverse and welcoming community, while providing individualized support.


Electrical engineering is a high-level, high-demand field that needs individuals with the expertise to design, conduct and manage electrical systems in diverse areas. At Nebraska, we provide a broad, multidisciplinary program to prepare students for careers in industry and organizations, or to further their interest in academia and research.

Our M.S. program depends on the interests and future plans of the student. The length of time necessary to complete the M.S. program varies, but is typically two years for full-time enrollment. Research assistant and teaching assistant positions are available to work closely with world-class faculty in electrical and computer engineering. 

Students in the program choose from three options to enhance their skills and knowledge, depending on their future goals. A specialization in Informatics is also available. 

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The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering offers a broad spectrum of courses and research areas for students, including in solid state materials, optics, communications, signal processing, remote sensing, power, and VLSI design. Here, you can tailor your interests and skills and design your own experience while working with nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

Our programs are funded by various federal, state, and private agencies , featuring active research areas in such areas as biomedical engineering, digital and wireless communications, digital and VLSI design, digital signal processing, electro-optics, ellipsometry, mixed-signal circuit design, nanotechnology, optics of nanostructure materials, plasma processing, power systems, and remote sensing and electromagnetics.

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Featured Alumni

The PhD. program at UNL gave me a boost and definitely got me ready for my career

Yue Zhao '14
Electrical Engineering
Yue Zhao