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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Studies 


The faculty in ECE at Rice perform experimental and theoretical research in dynamic, exciting areas, including: Computer EngineeringNeuroengineeringPhotonics, Electronics and Nano-Devices; Data Science; and Systems. Rice is a leader in digital signal processing, control and system theory, multimedia communications, neural engineering, computer systems engineering, solid state devices, and quantum electronics. 

Graduate students actively participate in all aspects of research, and work closely with faculty and their peers in a variety of laboratories, research groups and centers. 

ECE Programs of Study:

Master of Science / Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS/PhD) 

A doctoral thesis research program for which financial support is available. Those accepted with bachelor’s degrees will need to achieve a thesis master’s degree within the program before continuing on to PhD. A stand-alone thesis MS degree program is not offered. Previous MS degrees are approved or denied upon completion of ELEC 599 in the first year.  

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Master of Electrical Engineering (MEE) 

A non-thesis master’s program consisting of coursework.  Financial support is not available in this program. Often whole or partial financial support is provided by the student's employer in the workforce. The M.E.E. may be pursued part-time with a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester.    


          Brochure   •   Admissions Information   •   Handbook  


Master of Business Administration and Electrical Engineering (MBA/MEE) 

A separate application must be made to each department. Consult the individual department deadlines, as their application deadlines may differ.