GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

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Application Requirements

Deadlines and Fee

Semester Deadline Decision
Spring 2024 Priority – Nov 1
Final – Dec 1
Dec 15
Fall 2024 Priority – Apr 1
Final – Jun 30
Aug 5

Application Fee = $55

The application fee may be paid online during the application process. The application will not be considered complete and eligible for review until the application fee has been received. All applications received after the priority deadline will be charged an additional $30 late fee for processing. Applications completed after the final deadline may not be eligible for consideration.

Education History

Information required from all post-secondary schools attended:

  • Name of Institution
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees earned/expected
  • GPA

All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official credentials if you are admitted. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents which must show the award of degrees (sent to us by mail directly from the institution). Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.

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

GPA

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate work is required by the University of Utah

A minimum GPA of 3.2 is highly recommended by the ECE Department.

If your GPA and/or test scores are slightly below the cutoffs, please do not email asking us about your scores. Records are not pre-evaluated. After reading our application information, applicants must make their own decision about whether or not to apply.

Applicants with a STEM bachelor’s degree may waive the GRE exam. 

If you take the GRE exam, applicants are expected to score:

  • Quantitative = 158+
  • Analytical = 3.5+
  • Verbal = 150+.

A GRE scores that are under these expected thresholds will not automatically be rejected.  All applications will be reviewed.

Scores may be sent directly to the University of Utah using ETS Code 4853

Resume / CV

The online admission system will request a resume or curriculum-vitae (CV) detailing your relevant work history and research experience.

Student resume samples

Personal Statement

Half to one page statement describing the applicant’s background, research interests, and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the ECE Department should be submitted as a personal statement or essay.

Recommendations

Criteria:

  • 3 recommendation providers contact information
  • Letters of Recommendations can be submitted, but are not required
  • 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.

Our system will contact your recommendation providers directly to submit a recommendation on your behalf through our online system. All recommendations must be completed online.

Deadlines and Fee

Although not required for admission to our program, the application will ask you for a list of the professors in the department with whom you share research interests. You can view all ECE Professors organized by research area

Application FAQ


If do not meet initial admissions requirements (3.0 GPA or higher) there is an alternative pathway that you can take to be considered for the MS Program. This option is only available for domestic applicants or international applicants already residing in the United States on an F2 or H4 visa (we cannot sponsor an F1 visa for non-matriculated students).

  1. Apply as a non-matriculated student for the upcoming semester
  2. After being accepted please schedule an appointment with the Graduate Student Coordinator
  3. The Graduate Student Coordinator will enroll you in 2 courses (6 credits) of ECE graduate coursework
  4. After completing the courses with a B+ grade or higher you may apply to the program.
  5. Any 5000- level or above courses that have been taken (including non-matriculated credits) can be counted toward your MS degree requirements. See Graduate Transfer Credit page for more details

Students with allied STEM degrees (i.e. Other Engineering, CS, Math, Physics) are welcome to apply! Here are the steps to ensure you are admitted and properly prepared to be successful in our ECE MS Program:

  1. Apply as a non-matriculated student
  2. After being accepted please schedule an appointment with the Graduate Student Coordinator to review the proficiency requirements
  3. The Graduate Student Coordinator will enroll you in ECE courses
  4. After completing the proficiency courses with a B+ grade or higher you may apply to the program.
  5. Any 5000- level or above courses that have been taken (including non-matriculated credits) can be counted toward your MS degree requirements. See Graduate Transfer Credit page for more details

Unfortunately, our online program is only available for applicants residing within the United States. We are not authorized to charge tuition and conduct classes for individuals residing outside of the United States. If an international candidate is already living in the US with a valid visa they are welcome to apply.

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.

Online Program FAQ


Yes! Our courses are offered via Interactive Video Content (IVC or “Zoom”) or completely asynchronously online via Canvas with per-recorded videos. Not all courses are offered with both options. It is up to you to decide which option would work best for you to decide which courses to take.

Unfortunately, no. But we are working constantly to expand our course selections for our students. Some classes also require group or in-person lab work and cannot be offered online.

You can use our Tuition Estimator, otherwise:

Full-time status is considered 9 credits for a graduate student, but a majority of online study usually take 3-6 credits each semester.

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