Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering Tennessee Technological University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN
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1 Degree Offered
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Graduate programs in a thriving Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tennessee Technological University (TTU), a top-ranking regional public university, is home to a thriving Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) that brings in external research grants exceeding $1.5 million. ECE students participate in offers a Master of Science (MS) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) and a PhD in Engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering.

Outstanding research opportunities

The department has strategic research areas which include:

- Network Security and Privacy

- Embedded Systems

- Wireless Networking

- Extreme Environment Electronics

- Energy Systems

- Electric Machines and Power Electronics

- Electric Transportation and Power Systems

- Power Transmission

- Controls and Robotics

- Instrumentation and Sensors

- Signal Processing and Telecommunications

Graduate students work with research groups in advanced laboratories, including Smart Grid, Embedded Systems Design, Wireless Network Systems, Intelligent Robotics and Energy Systems, Power Transmission, Bio/Opto/Nanotech Device, and others.

A highly accomplished faculty

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is home to 15 full-time energetic faculty members who fellows of professional engineering societies, textbook authors, associate editors of professional journals, licensed engineers, and industrial consultants.

Professor Ali Alouani, for example, has published 120 journal and conference papers and holds four patents. Professor Indranil Bhattacharya researches high-efficiency solar cells, energy storage, semiconductor electronics, medical electronics, and digital and mixed signal ICs and power electronics and has published many papers, served as in National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, and holds two patents.

Student and alumni achievements

The ECE Department at Tennessee Tech has over 2,000 graduates who are contributing to ECE industries through their employment with IBM, Intel, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, TVA, Square D, Toshiba, Saturn, Procter & Gamble, and many other corporations.

Students in the ECE Department maintain a student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which organizes social and professional events and successfully competes against student chapters from other university in annual IEEE conference contests.

The MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students in the MSECE program at Tennessee Tech may choose to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track. MSECE students in the thesis track complete 24 credit hours of courses, at least 6 credit hours of thesis research, a thesis, and an oral defense. This track prepares students who wish to pursue research and development in either an academic or corporate setting.

Graduate students can also choose to pursue a master degree in ECE without a thesis. Students in this track complete 33 credit hours of coursework, including a design project course, 1 credit hour of introduction to graduate research, and a comprehensive written final exam.

The BS/MS fast track program

Undergraduate students and transfer students in their senior year with a GPA of 3.25 may opt to remain at Tech for an additional year to complete their MSECE. They take two MSECE courses as part of their BS senior elective, begin their research project during the summer after their senior year, and complete three courses each semester of their fifth year.

The PhD in Engineering with Electrical and Computer Engineering concentration

Students who have obtained the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, complete an additional 48 credit hours, beyond the 30 credit-hour MS program, to obtain a PhD. These include 18 to 24 credit hours of coursework and 24 to 30 credit hours of research and dissertation.

Students who are admitted to the PhD program directly after their BS complete 72 credit hours. These include 42 to 48 credit hours of coursework, including the four core courses required for the completion of the MS, and 24 to 30 hours of research and dissertation.

A top ranking university

Tennessee Technological University is one of the top-ranking universities in Tennessee and in the region. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Tennessee Technological University among the top region universities in the South and among the top public universities. "The Princeton Review" also ranks Tennessee Tech among the best in the southeast.

Tennessee Technological University has also been widely recognized for its affordability and its military and vet-friendly programs. "U.S. News and World Report" lists TTU as one that leave graduates with the least debt in the south and as one of the top 20 military-friendly schools. BestValueSchools ranks Tennessee Tech among the top 20 best value colleges in Tennessee. G.I. Jobs magazine recognizes Tennessee Technological University as a military-friendly university.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University, midway between Nashville and Knoxville is located in Cookeville, TN, among lakes and national state parks. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. Tennessee Tech has highly ranked online programs, with its online MBA ranking number 65 in the country.

Location & Contact

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering
Tennessee Technological University

North Dixie Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38505
United States

Dr. Omar Elkeelany

Interim Chairperson

Phone: 931-372-3397
Fax: 931-372-3436

Mrs. Shelia Kendrick

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Phone: 931-372-3808
Fax: 931-372-3497

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Electrical Engineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 48
    • Accepted 30
    • Acceptance Rate 62
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 550 paper-based; 79 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 5.5), PTE (minimum score 53), or TOEIC (Test of English as an International Communication)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Female Percentage11%
    • Male Percentage89%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students18
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Full-time Percentage39%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian28%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown or International Student67%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage100%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchControl, digital, and power systems
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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