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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering with a specialization in electrical and computer engineering. The M.S. program is available with two options: thesis and non-thesis. There is also a five-year fast-track BS/MS available to TTU undergraduate students. The Ph.D.program normally requires a master’s degree but students with a bachelor’s degree and a record of excellent academic performance may be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program.


TTU's ECE Graduate Program is important in realizing the University’s Mission. It helps the University attract and retain quality faculty and students. It brings substantial value to the research infrastructure of the University, State, and Nation. The graduates and research results produced by this program raise the quality of life by stimulating economic development and adding high-paying jobs. Our graduate program goals are:

  1. To provide industry, academia, and society with highly-qualified graduate Electrical and Computer engineers who possess state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of ECE, as well as the research, critical-thinking, and leadership skills necessary to be globally competitive.
  2. To inspire students to pursue a high level of education and research experience, and to make a lifelong commitment to continuous learning and personal contribution in their chosen field of research, teaching, and/or industry.
  3. To establish and foster a culture of curiosity, excitement, collaboration, and engagement in the global research community, with a commitment to quality and academic integrity, thereby gaining national and international recognition for TTU’s ECE program.
  4. To train students in the techniques, methods, and disciplines of collaborative research, including problem identification, literature search, design of experiments, hands-on experimentation, data collection and analysis, simulation, both independent work and teamwork, authoring journal papers, and presenting conference papers.
  5. To improve the written and oral communication skills of students to the level required for effective international research dissemination and quality academic teaching.
  6. To instill in students strong principles of professionalism, integrity, and ethics.

Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. program has both thesis and nonthesis options. There is also a fast-track option for current TTU undergraduates which allows the MS program to be completed in one additional year after the undergraduate degree. More information is available on the ECE MS Program web page.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

A program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the departments participating in this program. Additional information is on the College of Engineering Graduate Programs and ECE PhD specialization pages.

Research Areas

The College of Engineering has several strategic research areas. Within the ECE department research is conducted in several areas, some of which are listed below.

  • Network Security and Privacy
  • Embedded Systems
  • Wireless Networking
  • Extreme Environment Electronics
  • Energy Systems
  • Electric Machines and Power Electronics
  • Electric Transportation and Power Systems
  • Power Transmission
  • Controls & Robotics
  • Instrumentation & Sensors
  • Signal Processing & Telecommunications