Admissions Requirements for Electrical Engineering

To be considered for admission to the Electrical Engineering masters or doctoral program, applicants should meet the following guidelines:

Master’s admissions requirements: An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university.
Required GPA: A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale.

Doctoral admissions requirements: A master's degree in electrical engineering, or a closely associated discipline from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university. Consideration will be given to highly qualified students wishing to pursue the doctorate without satisfying all of the requirements for a master's degree.
Required GPA: A grade point average (GPA) in graduate coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.

Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, additional coursework may be necessary to complete the graduate program.

Documents to Submit:

  • Online application
  • Unofficial transcripts only. Official transcripts are not needed during the admissions review process.If the transcripts do not show degree, major, and date conferred, a copy of provisional or official degree certification must be provided .
  • GRE scores of at least 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively. These scores are advisable based on average data of admitted students and our experience with student success in the program. UTD code number: 6897.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's potential for success in the master's or doctoral degree program.
  • An essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals. The use of the ECE Graduate Application Essay Template is recommended, but it is optional; applicants can fill in more than one sheet.
  • All students, originating from countries where English is not one of the official national languages, must submit an acceptable English proficiency exam score. Minimum acceptable score guidelines can be obtained on the Graduate Admissions English Proficiency page for international students. UTD code number: 6897.
  • If seeking a second master's degree at UTDallas, applicants must provide a copy of degree certification or transcripts that show degree, major, and date conferred for the first master's degree.
  • Application fee
  • To replace submitted documents and/or scores, see the options below:
    • To replace an essay and/or letters of recommendation, login on Galaxy, go to Admissions Forms folder and upload a copy in your Supplemental Admissions Docs folder.
    • To replace unofficial transcripts, mail a copy to:

      The University of Texas at Dallas
      Admission and Enrollment
      800 W Campbell Rd
      Richardson TX 75080-3021
    • To replace the GRE and/or English proficiency scores, mail a copy of the score reports to:

      The University of Texas at Dallas
      Admission and Enrollment
      800 W Campbell Rd
      Richardson TX 75080-3021

Apply Online

Submit your online application form and required documents by specified deadline. Only admissions applications with complete and legible documents are sent to the graduate admissions committee for review and decision.

After applying online, you can track the status of your graduate application online through your UTD Galaxy/Orion self-service account. The descriptions of your application status are found at the bottom of the link. All updates to your application status on Orion are programmed by the Admissions Office, not the ECE Graduate Program.

After providing your documents, your application status on Orion will not change immediately. Please allow the Admissions team time to review your submissions and update your student account. You can email your questions regarding your application status to [email protected].


After receiving your official acceptance letter from UTDallas, please refer to the following steps:

  1. Accept your offer of admission; (last day to accept admission is the day before classes start)
  2. Submit official transcripts, official scores and other official documentation to the UTD Admission Office
    (NOTE: The ECE Graduate Program Office does not accept or process official documents and scores)
  3. International students must coordinate with the ISSO regarding visa
  4. Attend the International Student Orientation, if applicable
  5. Attend the ECE New Graduate Student Orientation
  6. New RAs and TAs must attend the TA RA Orientation
  7. Check the printed course list provided during the dept. orientation or Coursebook; including the list of graduate CE, CS, EE and TE courses in the graduate catalog (see Graduate Courses by School)
  8. Complete a registration form and seek Advising immediately after the ECE New Graduate Student Orientation. Make sure that you get MS/PhD Advisor signature on the registration form
  9. Register for courses (only after clearing all registration holds)
  10. Pay for classes, get your Comet Card (student ID card), and create your NetID and UTD e-mail address
  11. Review the ECE Graduate Student Handbook and Graduate Student Forms & Links
  12. Students may also elect to defer admission up to one year



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Contact Us

Mailing Address: ECE Graduate Program, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd. EC33, TX 75080, USA
ECE Graduate Program Head: Jeong Bong (JB) Lee
CE/TE Program:  Jeong Bong (JB) Lee
Graduate Program Information: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2893
Office: ECSN 2.716B
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