Prospective Student Information


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University offers graduate programs of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The graduate degrees are offered by both on-campus study as well as distance education.

Admission Criteria

Complete admission criteria are detailed in the ECE Graduate Handbook. A brief overview of the criteria is as follows:

  • a GPA of 3.00/4.00 on a B.S. degree for admission to an M.S. degree
  • a GPA of 3.50/4.00 on a B.S. degree for admission to a Ph.D. degree
  • a TOEFL score of 79 iBT, 213 CBT, or 550 PBT or a IELTS score of 6.5 for the student whose native language is not English unless he or she has earned a degree from a U.S. institution
  • satisfactory performance on the GRE for students with an undergraduate degree from a program that is not EAC/ABET accredited

In addition, highly-qualified undergraduate students may be admitted directly to the doctoral program from the B.S. degree. See the ECE Graduate Handbook for details.

Application Process

Students apply for admission to graduate study at Mississippi State University online at the Office of the Graduate School. Since the Office of the Graduate School handles all application materials, send all materials to the Office of the Graduate School; do not send any materials directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or to the Bagley College of Engineering. Contact the Office of the Graduate School for questions regarding the application for admission process or what materials are required to be submitted with an admission application.

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are awarded by the department to qualified outstanding students. All students applying to the graduate program are automatically considered for teaching-assistant positions, and a decision is made only after a student's complete application materials are reviewed. To be eligible to serve as a teaching assistant, students must pass the required workshops offered by the Office of the Graduate School.

Research assistantships (RAs) are awarded by faculty members with research funding. Students are encouraged to contact faculty members within their area(s) of interest to learn more about research activities and possible support. Often, research assistantships are extended to students only following classroom experience with the sponsoring faculty.

Special Note

Effective with the Fall 2012 semester, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering no longer offers separate Electrical Engineering (EE) or Computer Engineering (CPE) degrees at the graduate level. Starting Fall 2012, these degrees are combined as Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).