Pigman College of Engineering

Electrical Engineering - Graduate


Credit hours

With Master's thesis; Non-thesis option is 30 credit hours


Credit hours

For students entering the doctoral program with a BS degree


Credit hours

For students entering the doctoral program with an MS degree in a relevant discipline (18 if from an accredited MS program in the U.S.).

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers advanced studies leading to either a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has active research programs in the following areas: power electronics, power systems, electromechanics, computer engineering, control systems, electromagnetics, electro-optics, micro and nano-electronics, signal processing, communication systems, and controls. Departmental laboratories are well-equipped for students’ research. In addition, the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky provides additional research opportunities.




Masters Program Description

For the M.S.E.E. degree, both the thesis and non-thesis options are available. The thesis option requires 24 hours of acceptable graduate level work plus the satisfying of the usual requirements for the thesis. The non-thesis option, Plan B, requires 30 hours of acceptable graduate work plus an additional three hours of EE 784 (Research Project in Electrical Engineering). All students in their first semester of regular graduate work must select an academic advisor who will assist the student in formulating a graduate plan of study leading to their particular degree. This plan, which must receive the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, must contain specific courses and a proposed thesis area or specialized project topic. 

Doctoral Program Description

For the PhD degree, students who only have a B.S. degree must complete 42 hours of course work. Students who have a M.S. degree from an accredited institution must complete 18 hours of course work. Students who have a M.S. degree from a non accredited institution must complete 24 hours of course work.

Electrical Engineering Master's or Doctoral Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships will be considered automatically with priority for PhD applicants. For research assistantships, please contact individual professors.
  • GRE
    • Verbal + Quantitative of at least 310 (or 1200 in old version) and Analytical Writing of at least 3.0 for the PhD degree. The GRE Institution code is 1837 and Department code: Electrical Engineering 1203.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Spring: August 15 (international),  November 15 (domestic)

Fall: February 1 (international), July 1 (domestic)

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Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

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per year in 2023

Number of Jobs


in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook


new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Electrical and electronics engineers work in industries including research and development, engineering services, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the federal government. Electrical and electronics engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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