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Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Chicago, IL
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 21%79%
    student ratio
  • 183
    total students
  • $10,882 | $22,880
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 55%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Offers a Challenging and Diverse Course Selection to a Diverse Student Body

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the largest public university in Chicago, enrolling roughly 25,000 students, including 6,800 graduate students. Located in the heart of Chicago, UIC gives students the opportunity to take advantage of all the cultural, academic, and professional options that Chicago has to offer. UIC also has a large $1.3 billion budget and exceeds $332 million in research expenditures, ensuring that no expense is spared in providing its diverse student body with a top-rated education. Major research is being done in bioelectronics, biomimetics, electromagnetics, device physics, electronics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and information systems.

The UIC College of Engineering enrolls 969 graduate students among six academic departments: bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and materials engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UIC was created in July 2001 from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. ECE now has roughly 30 faculty members serving over 150 graduate students, offering graduate programs leading to electrical and computer engineering degrees at the master's and doctoral levels.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department Features Distinguished, Award-Winning Faculty

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering has a number of faculty members that are at the very top of their research fields. The faculty includes eight members who have received the prestigious CAREER and Young Investigator awards from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, many have served as presidents or editors of various IEEE societies, sixteen are IEEE Fellows, the majority are also Fellows of other peer societies, two are UIC Distinguished Professors and several have received IEEE and Peer Society named awards. The UIC College of Engineering is the top-ranked public Engineering College in Chicago, no doubt largely due to the accomplishments of its faculty.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was created in 2001, and quickly built a national reputation for excellence in research focused on bioelectronics and biomimetics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information systems, electromagnetics, device physics, and electronics. The ECE Department has nearly 30 experienced faculty members, of whom more than half are members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The strong and diverse program that they offer is built around a core of successful research.

The departmental research centers and laboratories comprise over 13,000 square feet of space. These facilities include over 300 computer workstations and a 3,000 square-foot "clean room" used by the Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF), a facility accessible to non-profit and industrial researchers. The NCF enables research by providing access, training, service, and process guidance on all sorts of equipment. The NCF is on the cutting edge of modern technology, using integrated circuit and fiber optic technology to improve manufacturing methods for microfluidic, electromechanical, photonic, and other types of devices.

ECE Students Get a Head Start in Their Employment Search Both in Chicago and Around the U.S.

UIC Engineering students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience while still in school. The Engineering Co-op/Internship Office helps students find full-time or part-time engineering employment before graduation. Students in the ECE Department can take advantage of the exclusive ECE Job Board through UIC, helping to place graduate students at jobs around the country that make use of their current knowledge and skills. With nearly 600 jobs posted that specifically target students with the experience that comes from taking the ECE program, UIC students have a head start when leaving college to start looking for work.

Students at UIC Experience Chicago Beyond the Campus, with Its Wealth of Cultural, Artistic, and Recreational Options

The University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area with an annual operating budget in excess of $1 billion, and currently has a $500 million capital building project underway to develop its South Campus. UIC features two large student centers, equipped with numerous meeting rooms and large open spaces that frequently host concerts, lectures, awards banquets, and receptions. In addition, the student centers have dining facilities, banks and credit unions, fitness and wellness centers, craft shops, computer labs, a barbershop, video games, billiards, an art lounge, and even bowling.

Students make personal connections at the student centers, getting to know their fellow classmates, as well as faculty, administrators, and staff. UIC is currently the most diverse graduate student body among all of America's 50 leading research universities. Some 14.5 percent of the graduate student body is African-American, Latino, or Native American, 7.1 percent is Asian American, roughly 25 percent is international students, and the rest is still diverse in terms of ethnic and socioeconomic background. All sorts of students--and faculty--form the UIC community, creating a diversity that is a microcosm of the world outside.

The world outside, conveniently, is easy to access from UIC, because downtown Chicago is just through the campus gates. Students can visit the nation's first free municipal cultural center, the Chicago Cultural Center, peruse the Art Institute's Modern Wing of 20th century works, or catch a local performance at Millennium Park. Alternatively, students can grab dinner, watch a baseball game, or go out for a beer. Chicago is filled with myriad social and cultural opportunities.

Location & Contact

Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7128
United States

Prof. Ashfaq Khokar

Department Head

Phone: 312-996-9460
Fax: 312-996-6465

Rashad Ansari

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 312-996-5489
Fax: 312-413-2290

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4015
    • Doctoral Degrees 15
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Alternate accepted
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and departmental qualifying exam
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 872
    • Accepted 487
    • Acceptance Rate 55
    • Enrolled 70
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st July 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 2.75, BS in related field
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 2.75, MS in related field
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$10,882
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,880
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students183
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students183
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American22%
    • White / Caucasian49%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races9%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total FacultyNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage-2147483548%
    • Male Percentage-2147483648%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,351,000




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