Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Brochure


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This Master of Engineering degree program allows the student to attain additional knowledge in advanced areas of Electrical Engineering. Students may develop their M.E. program with courses selected from the fields of automatic control, digital systems, pattern recognition and image processing, computer aided design, semiconductor devices, networks, microwave systems, communications and information theory, optics and opto-electronics, and signal processing, as well as from mathematics and other related disciplines.

The M.E. program is designed for engineers currently in practice who feel the need to become knowledgeable in the latest areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The requirement for this degree is the successful completion of 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. It may be accomplished in five years or less by taking one or more courses per semester. Applicants for the Masters degree program must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. While this degree is normally in Electrical Engineering, persons with degrees in other fields of engineering, applied science, and physics are encouraged to apply. Each applicant is required to submit scores from their Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Tests, official transcripts and references.


Plan of Study – Degree plans must include at least one course chosen from three different ECE subject areas (perhaps from other participating institutions):

  • Circuits
  • Communications
  • Digital Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Electromagnetics, including Optics
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Solid State Devices, including Nanoelectronics

The intention is to instill some breadth in the program of study, and course categories are broadly interpreted. Consult the UVA VEO Advisor in case of questions.

In addition to the breadth requirement, the following are required:

  1. Three (3) hours of mathematics (APMA or MATH) at the 5000 level or above
  2. All programs of study must be approved one semester in advance of graduation by the ECE Graduate Committee
  3. Up to fifteen hours of transfer credit will be accepted from other institutions participating in the engineering masters online consortium.
  4. The degree must be completed within seven years.

Course offerings will normally be repeated every five years.

A program of study may not contain more than a total of nine (9) credits of 5000 level courses, with no more than six of those credits in ECE. Also, no more than one Independent Study course (3 credits) may be applied towards an ME degree.


Articulation Course Requirements – Students entering the Graduate ECE Program from a non-Electrical Engineering background will be required to show competency in the following basic Electrical & Computer Engineering undergraduate courses, or their equivalent:

  • ECE 2630, Intro. Circuit Analysis
  • ECE 3630, Electronics I
  • ECE 3750, Signals and Systems I
  • ECE/CS 2330, Digital Logic Design
  • ECE/CS 3330, Computer Architecture

plus, two of the following four areas are also required:

  • ECE 3103, Solid State Electronics
  • ECE 3250, Electrochemical Energy Conversion
  • ECE 3209, Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 3760, Signals & Systems II

Additional courses may also be required to correct any undergraduate course deficiencies.

These requirements may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  1. Previous undergraduate coursework. For example, E & M in a physics program would satisfy the ECE 3209 requirement.
  2. Enrollment in and successful completion of the above undergraduate courses (B or better grade). Undergraduate courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  3. Self-study and examination. The student may take the final examination in any of the above courses during the normally scheduled examination period or by special arrangement with the instructor.


Assessment Forms – Three assessment forms are required for all Master of Engineering students. The following three forms should be completed by a faculty member in the department and submitted to the departmental Graduate Administrator:

Engineering Oral Communication Assessment
Engineering Analysis Assessment
Engineering Technical Writing Assessment


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The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Graduate Record represents the official repository for academic graduate program requirements. This publication may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.