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Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Chicago, IL, United States
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a graduate program leading to the Electrical and Computer Engineering degree the doctoral level. 
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The Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a comprehensive range of courses in the field of electrical engineering and computer engineering. Major research areas include bioelectronics and biomimetics, computer engineering, electromagnetics, device physics and electronics, and information systems.

Research facilities in ECE include the Nanotechnology Core Facility, a versatile MEMS/Nano facility, which also contains a microfabrication laboratory with a 3,000-square-foot Class 100/1000 clean room that enables a broad spectrum of innovative multidisciplinary research, and, a microfluidics center for studying properties of nanodrops; Andrews Electromagnetics Laboratory; Computational Intelligence Laboratory; Robotics Laboratory; Design Automation and Reconfiguration Technology Laboratory; Laboratory for Energy and Switching Electronics Systems; Nanoengineering Research Laboratory; Micromechatronic Systems Laboratory; Networking Research Laboratory; Waveform Optimization Laboratory; 3D Nano-Fabrication for Drug Discovery and Bio-Medical Application Labs; Advanced Compound Semiconductor Materials and Devices Lab; High Performance Circuits and Systems (HIPERCAS) Lab; Networks Information Communications and Engineering Systems Laboratory (NICEST); Power Energy Innovation Lab; and Advanced Electronics of Nano-Devices Laboratory.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    108 alternative credits

    108 hours total

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Nanoscale Semiconductor Structures: Electronic and Optical Properties
  • Advanced Microprocessor Architecture and Design
  • Parallel Processing
  •  Fuzzy Logic
  • Neural Networks
  • System Identification

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applications for admission are individually evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. A complete set of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work is required before an application is evaluated for admission. 
  • Prior Degrees Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering or a related field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and an outstanding academic record are encouraged to seek admission directly to the PhD program.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7227 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7227 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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