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Electrical Engineering Admissions

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) at Stanford University. We are proud of our heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship that has helped create Silicon Valley and educated many leaders in industry and academia worldwide. Our faculty and students continue to define new directions for electrical engineering, while advancing the state-of-the-art in the field and developing new technologies to help address critical societal challenges in biology and medicine, energy, and the environment. Perhaps even more important is our unceasing commitment to our students, helping them learn, grow, and develop and achieve their goals, whether it is becoming a professor, an entrepreneur, or joining industry. Read More ...

The Electrical Engineering department offers the Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare students for careers in research and teaching at the university level. The Ph.D. degree is offered exclusively as a full-time program, consisting of 135 units. The candidacy for the Ph.D. program is five (5) years. Exceptions may be granted for candidacy extensions up to one (1) year. For more information regarding the academic requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, please refer to the Electrical Engineering Graduate Handbook.

Graduates from the Ph.D. program pursue exciting careers in research and industry. Our graduates are recruited by leading institutions and companies that reflect a wide range of disciplines. As a result of our close partnership with Silicon Valley, many graduates stay in the San Francisco Bay Area while others take positions worldwide.

Master of Science

The M.S. degree program provides advanced preparation for professional practice or continued graduate study. The master's degree is offered as both a full-time and a part-time program, consisting of 45 units. (Note: There is no thesis requirement for the Master's of Science degree.) For more information regarding the academic requirements for the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, please refer to the Electrical Engineering Graduate Handbook.

The master’s degree program is highly flexible and provides students the opportunity to take a wide array of classes and conduct research. The department does not prescribe specific courses to be taken, but it does provide guidelines for acceptable programs. On average, full-time students complete the requirements for the M.S. degree in one-and-a-half (1.5) to three (3) years, whereas our part-time students complete the requirements on average in three (3) to five (5) years. The candidacy for the full-time program is three (3) years and the candidacy for the part-time program is five (5) years. 

Graduates from the M.S. program pursue a variety of careers. Our graduates take positions with a wide range of companies including start-ups, midsize companies and fortune 500 corporations. As a result of our close partnership with Silicon Valley, many graduates stay in the San Francisco Bay Area while others take positions worldwide.

Areas of Research Interest:

The EE department's faculty and students focus on a variety of different research areas, including but not limited to Hardware/Software Systems, Information Systems and Science, and Physical Technology and Science.

Hardware/Software Systems Information Systems and Science Physical Technology and Science
Architecture/VLSI
Networking
System Hardware
System Software
Bio-Medical Imaging
Control and Optimization
Information Theory, Communication, & Coding
Remote Sensing
Signal Processing
Smart Grids
Bio-Sensing Devices
Circuits
Energy Efficient Devices
Electronics
Nanotechnology and MEMS
Photonics

For detailed information on our degree programs and application requirements and procedures, please visit the web pages below: