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Graduate Program

Applying to Rochester

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Rochester offers a MS and PhD in electrical engineering.

Below is information on:

How to Apply

We accept applications for a Fall program start. Please use the online application to apply to the program and submit the following materials* by January 15:

  • University of Rochester Graduate Program Application Form
  • Personal Statement (upload to the application database)
  • Three letters of recommendation (upload to the application database)
  • Official transcripts (upload to the application database)
  • Official copy of English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo) results
  • Any supplemental material you want to provide (upload to the application database)
  • GRE reporting is optional (if GRE score is self-reported, an official score report from ETS is required for score verification)

*Documents that are uploaded to the application database do NOT need to be mailed to the department.

Applicants should plan on submitting a completed application, including all supporting materials, by January 15. There is a 60 dollar application fee to apply. Complete submitted applications are reviewed between January 15 and March 15. The ECE Department does not offer Spring Admission to the graduate program.

The ECE department looks for well-rounded, highly qualified applicants. The department also looks for students with a strong research background and will review all supporting materials for evidence of this.

Our current graduate students typically ranked in the top five percent of their undergraduate classes, had very strong GPAs, and provided excellent recommendation letters.

Financial Aid

The University of Rochester offers fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships on a competitive basis for full-time graduate study. Departments are also able to provide some support for graduate students who are US citizens through the College Work Study Program. Applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding such as NSF or DOE fellowships.

Standardized Tests

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Reporting the results of the GRE is optional. If you choose to self-report these results, the department requires a score report from ETS for score verification. The GRE University of Rochester institution code is 2928. The ECE department code is 1203.

Required English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo)

If your native language is not English, you must show proof of English language proficiency.

International applicants that have, or will receive, a Bachelor’s or Master's degree from an English-speaking university located in one of the countries listed below, then the TOEFL/IETLS/PTE academic requirement is automatically waived.

List of countries:
Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom,United States

If your native language is English, but your country is not listed above, please send an email request to michele.foster@rochester.edu once the application has been started.

TOEFL: If you take the TOEFL, we recommend that your score be a minimum of 100. The University of Rochester institution code is 7267, and the department code is 66. The test should be no older than two-years. The University of Rochester will accept results from the in-person exam or the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test. We will not accept scores from the TOEFL ITP Plus Assessment.

IELTS: We recommend a minimum score of 7.5. (We will not accept results for the IELTS Indicator.) Please have the IELTS Report sent to the ECE Department at The University of Rochester institution code 7267 or mailed to the following address.
Graduate Admissions
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Rochester
514 Computer Studies Building
RC Box 270231
Rochester, NY 14627 USA

DUOLINGO: The recommended score is 120. https://englishtest.duolingo.com/


Application Requirements for Non-US Students

Please upload all documents and letters in support of your application in English. If necessary, you can send supporting materials in original formats supplemented by English translations.

Please do not send secondary school records.

Many countries do not issue visas without proof of adequate proficiency in English, such as a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. To obtain a visa for study in the United States, international students must present their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or IAP-66) at a US consulate or embassy and demonstrate full proof of ability to pay all tuition and living expenses for the first year of study.

Transcripts

Please upload in-progress transcripts to the application database for review when submitting your application.

(Final official degree conferral documentation and transcripts will be required when matriculating and enrolling into the University of Rochester graduate program.)

Non-discrimination Policy

The University of Rochester values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. Further, the University complies with all applicable non-discrimination laws in the administration of its policies, admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities.

Questions on compliance should be directed to the particular school or department and/or to the University's Equal Opportunity Coordinator, University of Rochester, P.O. Box 270039, Rochester, NY 14627-0039. Phone: (585) 275-9125.

Contact Information

Graduate Administrator
Michele Foster
michele.foster@rochester.edu
(585) 275-4054