Graduate Programs

The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering aims to solve humanity's biggest problems through the advancement of applied physics, circuits, imaging and systems science.

About Our Programs

The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering offers a variety of doctoral-level and master's-level degrees in electrical engineering and in systems science and mathematics.

At the doctoral level, both the PhD and DSc degrees are available, which typically require four to five years of full-time study leading to an original research contribution. At the master's level, the programs require 30 credit hours of study and have both a course option and a thesis option.

Our students enjoy the benefits of programs that balance fundamental theoretical concepts with modern applications. In our department, students find ample opportunities for close interactions with faculty members working on cutting-edge research and technology development.

The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering offers students the opportunity to pursue a PhD or a DSc in either discipline. The PhD program is designed for full-time students interested in pursuing a career in research or academics, while the DSc is for full- or part-time students who wish to pursue an academic career or a career in industry.

Our PhD candidates are fully funded, which includes full tuition support, health insurance and a generous stipend. This support is guaranteed as you continue to make satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Full Support & Funding

Our PhD students are fully funded, including full tuition support and health insurance. As a doctoral candidate, you will also receive a generous stipend to cover living expenses. This support is guaranteed as you continue to make satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Additionally, doctoral students may also qualify for additional fellowships, including the The Ann W. and Spencer T. Olin – Chancellor’s Fellowship and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

Earn a master's degree or a graduate certificate at McKelvey Engineering and gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in industry. Our students have gone on to further studies, while others have gotten internships or positions with companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Citigroup, Facebook, Google, SpaceX and Tesla.

Interested master's students can also take part in department research opportunities, gaining hands-on experience with innovative and cutting edge technologies.


Our graduates have gone on to advance their studies or to work in industry as engineers, data scientists, and software engineers at diverse companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Our faculty strive to advance basic science and solve cutting-edge engineering problems relevant to society in the areas of:

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