The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two graduate degree programs. The Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering degree is a non-thesis, course-based program designed to increase a student’s mastery of advanced subjects. The PhD program prepares students for a research career in academia or industry.
Our PhD program prepares students for a research career in academia or industry. The program consists of formal courses and original research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor, leading to a thesis. Students admitted to the PhD program with only a bachelors degree complete the Master of Science (MS) degree as part of their program. Our department also offers a stand-alone MS degree, but only on a case-by-case basis. Most students who have a prior MS degree with a research thesis component can directly move to the PhD program and do not have to complete a Rice MS degree (and will have a reduced coursework requirements as well). Students with a MS degree without a thesis can avail a reduced coursework load (up to 4 course reduction in requirements).
A Professional Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MECE) can enhance and strengthen a career in industry. This degree is designed for the student who wishes to expand his or her engineering knowledge without completing a thesis. The degree emphasizes practical aspects of engineering, combined with management and communication coursework.