Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering A. James Clark School of Engineering University of Maryland, College Park

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering A. James Clark School of Engineering University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
May 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


UMD Ranks Highly Nationally and Globally

The University of Maryland (UMD) has been ranked among the best in the nation for a variety of categories, including teaching, academics, service learning, diversity, and affordability. "The Princeton Review" named UMD among the best values in education, and "Kiplinger's" named the school 5th in affordability among public universities.

"US News and World Report" collectively ranks the graduate programs at the A. James Clark School of Engineering as 18th in the nation. The Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities has named the school 11th in the world among all engineering programs. The Academic Ranking of World Universities poll has named the Clark School 14th in the world for academic research.

The School of Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMD

The A. James Clark School of Engineering serves nearly 4,500 students through education, research, and technology entrepreneurship opportunities. Students in the Clark School have access to close to 200 high-tech centers, laboratories, consortia, and major projects. Within the Clark School, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has many close affiliations with research institutes and national laboratories, providing students with many opportunities for team-oriented interdisciplinary research.

Notable alumni of the Clark School include a former director of NASA, co-founder of Sirius Satellite Radio, and deputy secretary of the US Department of Defense.

Electrical Engineering Graduate Programs Available from the ECE Department

The ECE Department offers highly ranked Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in electrical engineering. Both programs are designed with a focus on research, and are supported by over 30 specialized state-of-the-art research labs. The MS program offers students the option of completing theses or scholarly papers, while the doctoral program requires students to pass oral PhD Research Proposal Examinations in addition to their dissertation.

The ECE department also offers a combined BS/MS program to students with exceptional academics and faculty mentor recommendations. The program is tailored to the needs of the individual student, taking his or her career goals and interests into account.

Joint Master's Program in Telecommunications

The ECE Department offers a Master's in Telecommunications program in conjunction with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The program combines innovative and state-of-the-art technical courses with instruction in management, regulatory, and public policy in order to develop students into top-rate professionals who are able to succeed in a constantly changing industry. The cross-disciplinary curriculum was developed with the guidance of industry leaders.

Over $107 in Annual Research Allocations

The Clark School of Engineering conducts over $107 million in annual research annually, including over $36 million within the ECE department alone. Students have access to the latest in research and instructional technology at the school's more than 130 laboratories and 23 research centers. The school has many outstanding partnerships with corporations and government agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Cisco, NASA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Army Research Laboratory.

The ECE department has one of the strongest electrical engineering research programs in the nation. ECE students have access to 15 teaching laboratories, nearly 50 labs dedicated to electrical and computer engineering, and a number of additional university research institutes and centers.

ECE professors specialize in a wide variety of research areas, including communications and networking; signal processing; control, robotics, and dynamical systems; computer engineering; optics and photonics; circuits and systems; electronic materials and devices; bioelectronics and systems; and applied electromagnetics.

Outstanding Faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty members within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Clark School of Engineering are nationally recognized as highly respected leaders in their fields. Many faculty members are IEEE Fellows, ACM Fellows, and OSA Fellows. Many others hold joint appointments with different research institutes, such as with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMAICS).

For example, Dr. Armand Makowski has held a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research since 1985. He is also a co-founder of the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communication Networks at NASA.

Dr. Gilmer Blankenship is an IEEE Fellow with over 25 years of research in control system science, and has published more than 120 papers and reports in his areas of specialty. Dr. Pamela Abshire has been named one of the "brilliant women in tech" by, and has been awarded the Kent Teaching Award.

Graduate Financial Aid Opportunities at UMD

The University of Maryland and the Clark School of Engineering offer a variety of competitive engineering scholarships that are awarded for academic merit and financial need. Scholarships available include the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, Kids' Chance Scholarship, and Smithsonian Institution Fellowship. Graduate assistantships provide students with skills in research, pedagogy, leadership, and academic administration, in addition to financial assistance.

In addition, the UMD graduate school offers 4 prestigious endowed awards: the Phi Delta Gamma Graduate Fellowship, the Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research, the Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, and the Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement.

University of Maryland -- A Rich History and an Eye on the Future

The University of Maryland has a rich and storied past, with origins traced back to 1856. Today, UMD is a nationally recognized university dedicated to furthering research and academics designed to train tomorrow's leaders to face the most difficult global challenges.

UMD is located just outside of Washington, DC, and only a short drive from Baltimore or Annapolis, Maryland. The city of College Park prides itself on being a safe, vibrant, and prosperous community. Student can take advantage of the areas many cultural attractions, including the College Park Aviation Museum, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Goddard Space Flight Center. The College Park Airport is the world's oldest continually operating airport, founded in 1909.

Location & Contact

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD 20742
United States

Dr. Rama Chellappa


Phone: 301-405-3683

Dr. Charles Caramello

Dean of Graduate School

Phone: 301-405-0358
Fax: 301-314-9305

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Electrical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Electrical And Computer Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Engineering (M Eng)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Telecommunications Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 185
    • Doctoral Degrees 30
    • 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? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,763
    • Accepted 423
    • Acceptance Rate 23
    • Enrolled 166
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline June 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

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 awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students516
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students516
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Full-time Percentage90%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian51%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian20%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty130
    • Full-time Percentage78%
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Female Percentage10%
    • Male Percentage90%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCommunications and control, electrophysics, micro-electronics, robotics, computer engineering
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$11,471,661