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 in the PhD program complete a Master of Science (MS) degree as part of their program — our department does not admit students for a terminal MS degree.
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.
Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offer an MBA/MECE coordinated degree program. Designed to meet the growing demand for managers with technical expertise, this program trains students to apply management strategies that meet the needs of high-technology companies.