Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
10 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Top Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program at George Mason University (Mason) is a recognized leader in the field of engineering education. Boasting numerous members in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the department has been rated among the best buys in graduate education by "Barons." In addition, Mason has been rated 1st among all up-and-coming universities by "U.S. News and World Reports." "U.S. News and World Report" also rates the graduate program in computer engineering among the top 20%.

The program offers a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in electrical engineering and computer engineering, a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in electrical and computer engineering, a Ph.D. in information systems, and numerous graduate certificate programs.

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering allows graduate students to specialize in many fields, including communications, computer networks, control systems, digital systems design, microprocessor and embedded systems, microelectronics, nanoelectronics, and signal and image processing. Each student completes a standard 30 credit course of study including either a thesis or a scholarly paper.

The Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason

The Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering trains students to do original research on ECE topics, becoming trailblazers in the field. Ph.D. candidates each complete a minimum of 18 credits beyond the M.S. level and complete an original thesis. Areas of study include communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, electronics, and bioengineering.

The Ph.D. in Information Technology

The Ph.D. in Information Technology is an interdisciplinary, university-wide offering. Students may pursue specializations in information systems, information security and assurance, or software engineering. Doctoral students earn 72 course credits, although they may be eligible for a 30 credit reduction.

Graduate Certificates in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason

The department offers 15 credit hour graduate certificates in various specialty areas of ECE. Certificates are available in communications and networking, signal processing, advanced networking protocols for telecommunications, network technologies and applications, networks, system integration and testing, telecommunications forensics and security, and wireless communications.

Illustrious Faculty Members in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason

The ECE department includes highly-accomplished faculty members. Professor Alexander H. Levis, for example, is former president of the IEEE Control Systems Society, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Professor Levis is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the board of the Educational Foundation of AFCEA. Author of the 3 volume set that he co-edited on "The Science of Command and Control", published by AFCEA, and the "The Limitless Sky: Air Force Science and Technology contributions to the Nation." His research explores the design and evaluation of control architectures, organizational architectures and multi-modeling, and adaptive architectures for command and control.

An Expert Panel member for the U.S. Army's Environmental Sentinel Biosensor program, Professor Joseph J. Pancrazio is Director of Mason's bioengineering program. An expert in neural interface technologies, biosensors, and neuropharmacological assay development, Professor Pancrazio comes to Mason from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where he was director of the neural engineering and the neural prosthesis program. Professor Pancrazio serves on the editorial board of Nanomedicine and holds 2 patents.

Professor Kathleen E. Wage is associate editor for IEEE's Journal of Oceanic Engineering. A past member of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee and Underwater Acoustics Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America, Professor Wage has also served as conference coordinator for the Second IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop. Her research investigates acoustics, signal processing, sensor arrays, and science education.

Research in ECE at George Mason University

Research is central to the ECE program at George Mason University. The Volgenau Engineering Building houses numerous lab facilities, including the Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence Lab, the nation's only university laboratory devoted to military applications of information technology. Other labs include a biomedical imaging lab, network architecture and performance lab, and a neural engineering lab.

The ECE department at George Mason University has established working groups to explore other areas of engineering, such as the Electronic Materials Group which collaborates with nearby government laboratories such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Army Research Laboratory.

A Diverse Urban Campus

Mason occupies 700 acres in Fairfax, Virginia, in the D.C. metro area. Most campus buildings are either recent construction or complete remodeling of existing structures. The ECE department is located within the Volgenau School of Engineering. "Princeton Review" has rated the campus as 4th most diverse in the nation.

Location & Contact

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University

230 Science and Technology II
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Dr. Andre Manitius


Phone: 703-993-1569
Fax: 703-993-1601

Jammie Chang

Academic Program Coordinator

Phone: 703-993-1570
Fax: 703-993-1601

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Network Technology And Applications Certificate
    • Advanced Networking Protocols For Telecommunications Certificate
    • Telecommunications Forensics And Security Certificate
    • Signal Processing Certificate
    • Networks, System Integration And Testing Certificate
    • Electrical And Computer Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Telecommunications Master of Science (MS)
    • Electrical Engineering Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Forensics Master of Science (MS)
    • Computer Engineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 139
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 24
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 650
    • Accepted 451
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 170
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 15th Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, personal goals statement; 2 official copies of transcripts; self-evaluation form; 3 letters of recommendation; resume; official bank statement; photocopy of passport; proof of financial support
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE (waived for GMU electrical and computer engineering master's graduates with minimum GPA of 3.0), personal goals statement; 2 official copies of transcripts; self-evaluation form; 3 letters of recommendation; resume; official bank statement; photocopy of passport; proof of financial support
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, health care benefits (for full-time research or teaching assistantship recipients)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students508
    • Female Percentage24%
    • Male Percentage76%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students508
    • Part-time Percentage54%
    • Full-time Percentage46%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian48%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown14%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty67
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage12%
    • Male Percentage88%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCommunication networks, signal processing, system failure diagnosis, multiprocessors, material processing using microwave energy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$3,446,420




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