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The Application

The following information is required to complete the online application:

Item Description More Information
Degree Program Options include:
M.S. Coursework
M.S. Project
M.S. Thesis
M.S./M.B.A Dual Degree
More degree program information is available on the ECE website.
Minimum GPA required:
International students should see the FAQ for percentile comparisons.
Potential Advisers A list of the professors in the department with whom you share research interests. ECE Professors organized by research area
Education History All post-secondary schools attended:
Name of Institution
Dates of attendance
Degrees earned/expected
Transcripts / academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) must be uploaded directly to the online application. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English.
GRE Scores The GRE is required of all applicants, and scores should be sent from ETS directly to the University of Utah (ETS code: 4853) ECE Department (ETS code: 1203)

Applicants must score 158 or above in the Quantitative area; the Analytical area must be 29 or 3.5, depending upon the type of testing; and the Verbal area must be above 150.

GRE Preparatory Materials

If you have graduated with a BS degree from the University of Utah in Electrical and Computer Engineering, you may be eligible for a GRE waiver. Please speak with the Graduate Coordinator for details.

International applicants only: Either TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted.

TOEFL: Send to the U. of Utah ETS code: 4853
IELTS: Submit University of Utah address to center where the test was taken.
TOEFL: The minimum acceptable score is 100.

IELTS: The minimum acceptable score is 7.5.
Personal Statement
(Statement of Purpose)
One- to two-page statement describing the applicant’s background, research interests, and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the ECE Department. How to knock our socks off
Resume or CV The online admission system will request a resume or curriculum-vitae (CV) detailing your relevant work history and research experience. Student resume samples
Three recommendation providers All recommendations must be completed online. Only contact information for each provider is necessary. We will contact them directly to submit a recommendation on your behalf through our online system. Recommendations should come from current or former professors who have direct coursework or research experience with the applicant, or a direct supervisor who from a field related to electrical and computer engineering.
Application Fee

The application fee may be paid online during the application process.

PhD: $0, MS: $10

PhD: $15, MS: $25

The application will not be complete until the application fee has been received.


When the above information is ready, you may begin the ECE Department’s online application for the graduate program using the appropriate link below.


On Campus Application – Domestic Students

The Domestic Student online application is currently CLOSED

The Fall 2017 application deadline was January 1, 2017



On Campus Application – International Students

The International Student online application is currently CLOSED

The Fall 2017 application deadline was January 1, 2017



Online Master’s Application

The International Student online application is currently OPEN

The Fall 2017 application priority deadline is April 1, 2017
August 15th – final deadline
(applications submitted April 2nd or later will be charged a $30 late fee)



The Graduate Program Coordinator

Supporting documents and further questions should be directed to:

Megan McAllister

Graduate Advisor
50 S. Central Campus Dr Rm 2266C
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9206 USA

(801) 581-6943


If You Get Accepted

The following steps summarize what to expect after completing the online application.

  • Applicants can check their application status online to ensure we have received support documents. Please do not contact the Graduate Coordinator to check on the status of your application – your status will update in the online application system as soon as we receive documents.
  • Applicants will receive an email stating that their decision letter is available online.
  • New students accepted into the program will be given further instructions in the decision letter.
  • Students must notify the department whether or not they will attend the ECE Graduate Program at the University of Utah.
  • International students must also submit bank and sponsor statements to show proof of sufficient financial funds for their first year’s expenses in order to be issued the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. (This “Affidavit of Support” form is on the Admissions Office website at
  • The ECE Department does not normally admit students to the M.S. thesis option or Ph.D. programs without a research adviser and/or research project. If you are not selected by an adviser, we will admit you to the coursework-only M.S. program. Coursework-only M.S. students may transfer into the M.S. thesis program or Ph.D. program within the first two or three semesters if they are able to find a research thesis adviser.
  • Non-accredited ECE degree or a degree from an allied field requirements: Applicants with a non-accredited ECE undergraduate degree or a degree in an allied field are to contact the Graduate Coordinator for information on additional requirements.


Frequently Asked Application Questions

Should I mail in my official transcripts before I am accepted?

No, please read through the information below regarding transcript requirements and information.

You must list in your online application each institution of post-secondary education from which you have earned credit. You must also submit your transcript / academic record (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) for each of these institutions.

Unofficial Academic Credentials

Transcripts / academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) must be uploaded directly to the online application. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English.

Official Academic Credentials

All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official or attested credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, etc) in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Utah.

The University of Utah reserves the right to require the submission of official credentials at any time during the admission review process.

Instructions for Uploading your Academic Credentials

You are required to upload a copy of your unofficial academic credentials prior to submitting your online application. English translations should be included if the credentials are not in English.

Non-legible scans will not be accepted.Please refer to the details below before proceeding:

Please do not mail or fax in a copy of the credentials which you have uploaded to your online application. Instead, use only the upload feature of our online application at this point. This saves you the time, effort, and expense of mailing transcripts to us during the initial processing and review of your application. It also avoids any delays resulting from the non-receipt of transcripts and assures you that your documents have been successfully submitted, since you can view them yourself online.

Only if you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official credentials (sent to us by mail directly from the institution). Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents which must show the award of degrees. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.

Below are some suggestions on how to proceed with uploading a transcript:

  • Please obtain an electronic version of your unofficial transcript / academic record (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) or scan a copy of the document you may already have and that is current, at the lowest resolution that results in a legible document (we recommend to use under 200 dpi whenever possible).
  • You may upload an institutional web based transcript / academic record as long as the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.
  • You must ensure that your name, the institution name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process and that your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper – 8.5 by 11 in (21.5 by 30 cm)
  • Please include a copy of the transcript legend or university key (back page in most cases) for each institution.
  • All credentials to be uploaded for each institution (transcripts and diplomas/certificates) must be uploaded in one file per institution listed.
  • Please be certain that your document is saved as a PDF file or Word document, and that its size does not exceed 1500kb. Scanning in “gray scale” or black and white may produce the best results.
  • If the scanned file is too large you may want to make a photocopy first (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size) then scan the photocopy.
  • Once you have uploaded the document into the online application, you will be able to click the “view document” button to verify whether the uploaded document is legible. If it is not legible, try again. (NOTE: The system automatically converts your uploaded document into a standard PDF file.)

The University of Utah reserves the right to require official academic credentials at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official transcript(s) are found.

Is there a GPA cutoff?

Yes, a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the MS degree and a 3.5 for the PhD degree in undergraduate work is required by the ECE Department. Most students accepted into the graduate program have GPAs well above that level.

Is there a minimum percentile score?

Yes. Applicants from India should have a minimum percentile score of 80, and applicants from China should have a minimum percentile of 86.

Is the GRE required?

Yes, the GRE General Exam is required for all applicants. Applicants must score 158 or above in the Quantitative area; the Analytical area must be 29, and the Verbal area must be above 150.

Is there a TOEFL or IELTS score cutoff?

Yes, the minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is: 100.

The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is: 7.5.

If my GPA and/or test scores are slightly below the cutoffs mentioned above, can you look at my record and tell me if I should apply?

No, we do not pre-evaluate records. After reading our application information, applicants must make their own decision about whether or not to apply.

Can either the department or the university application fee be waived?

No. Applications which are submitted without the application fee will not be considered. The application fee cannot be waived under any circumstance.

Will my application be considered if it is not complete?

No, an application will be considered by the ECE Graduate Committee unless the application file is complete. All application materials must be received by the application deadline or the application will not be reviewed.

Where can I get more information on the ECE Department?

Detailed information about the ECE Department, faculty’s research interests, ongoing research projects, and recent technical papers are located at Applicants should check the website regularly for updated information.

Do I have to contact a faculty member to support my admission?

Please do not contact faculty members prior to being accepted into the program. The application will clearly ask you which research areas interest you and with whom you might like to work. Students may list any ECE faculty members here. Applicants will be considered for assistantships based on the faculty member(s) and/or research interests indicated on the online application. Applicants may contact a research group website with coursework questions. Sending multiple emails to faculty asking for support before admission does not advance the process of their application or help in funding decisions.

Can you provide information on previous admission levels?

No, this information is not available.

What are you really looking for in an applicant?

We are looking for applicants with strong academic backgrounds who have demonstrated a potential to perform creative and innovative research in the research areas represented by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Megan McAllister,, the Graduate Coordinator.