Our Graduate Program

The goals of our graduate program are producing graduate students who create new knowledge that projects a significant presence in national and international forums; graduating doctoral students obtain research positions in top academic, industrial, and government institutions; and funding all doctoral and a majority of master’s students throughout their studies.

“NC State ECE has the best curriculum along with top-notch course-projects which make a student totally ready to tackle complex real problems after moving to industry”

Anindya Dutta, M.S. 2014

Design Engineer, Intel

Doctoral & Master’s Programs

Graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering provide a variety of excellent education and research opportunities for outstanding students from around the world. Our Master’s Degree Program offers a variety of options for specialization including a Master of Science in either Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Networking (available via distance learning or on-campus enrollment). Also, a strong Ph.D. program is available for students who wish to complete their education in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Certificate Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Renewable Electric Energy Systems provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable electric energy systems and advanced electric power grid technology in addition to their major area of graduate study. The certificate also provides non-degree graduate level students the opportunity to develop expertise in Renewable Electric Energy Systems and advanced electric power grid technology.

The NSF Nano-systems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) offers a Graduate Certificate program in Nano-Systems Engineering. This multidisciplinary certificate is for students who want to develop additional expertise in the field of nano-science and technology.

Spearhead a UAV Tracking System

Design Biobots for Search & Rescue

Build an Autonomous Personal Transport System

Design Wearables to Predict and Prevent Asthma Attacks

Develop Hardware and Software to Train Dogs Autonomously

“In addition to its great reputation in industry, this program really provides students with skills much sought-after in the job market and helped me a lot in job-hunting.”

Weiyi Long, M.S. 2015

Design Verification Engineer, Samsung

ECE Graduates solve problems
and change the world everyday.

What do you want to fix?

“Your five-year master’s program is really well constructed and it serves people extremely well. I can’t imagine there being a higher return on investment that you could do for your career. I can’t imagine a better value in education.”

Jason Rhodes, Ph.D. 1995

CEO, Cirrus Logic

At Home in the Tech Hub.

Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, is home to North Carolina State University and is consistently rated one of “America’s Best Places to Live.” Located mere miles away, Research Triangle Park (RTP) is the technological hub of the East Coast; it combines the needs and resources of area industry with the teaching and research capabilities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leading Graduate Facilities.

All graduate programs within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are operated from Engineering Building II (EB II) on NC State’s Centennial Campus, adjacent to the University’s historic Main Campus. Several corporate headquarters, research & development labs, and satellite offices are nestled among the NCSU teaching and research facilities on Centennial Campus. This extension of NC State was designed to build a strong relationship between the University and area industry, including RTP.

Our superior degree programs are made possible by a nationally recognized faculty that consists of over 54 tenured and tenure-track professors as well as Adjunct and Visiting lecturers, many of whom possess extensive experience in industry. Our elite faculty is bolstered by 5 Alumni Distinguished Professors, 22 IEEE Fellows, 16 recipients of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award (presented to the nation’s most promising young faculty members), and several University Outstanding Teachers

Your Return on Investment

Earning potential for Electrical and Computer Engineers in the twenty-first century is excellent. The average first term co-op (cooperation education) earns approximately $18.00/hour.

  • New BS graduates start out earning an average of $58,000 per year.
  • The new MS graduate earns an average of $71,000 per year.
  • Graduates who acquire a PhD start at average earnings above $80,000 per year.

Both degrees are also excellent entry points for careers in patent law, business, management, or medicine. The opportunity to develop new technologies and improve existing ones help to make a career in ECE both challenging and exciting. Our graduates don't just work with tomorrow's technology, they create it.

Average Starting Salaries

Graduate Catalog

The Graduate Catalog contains Graduate School requirements and pertinent information for individual graduate programs, a current list of graduate faculty, and a selection of other resources for new students.

Course Details & Specialty Areas

Find out more about the various specialty areas of research and instruction and the relevant courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Still have questions?

The staff of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Office is available to answer any questions you may have.

Current students contact us at: ecegradoffice@ncsu.edu

Prospective students contact us at: eceadmissions@ncsu.edu

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