The department offers graduate degree programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The department offers graduate degree programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.

Graduate Study

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is home to an internationally renowned group of faculty members, state-of-the-art research equipment, and ample resources offered by a great university.

The department has a wide variety of graduate programs leading to the master of science or PhD degree. The broad research interests of our faculty members creates a learning environment in which students are exposed to interdisciplinarity on a scope and scale that is rare among other programs and departments.


We offer the following graduate degrees through Northwestern University’s Graduate School:

Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering

Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science

Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering

We also offer the following affiliated master's degrees through Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering:

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

Master of Science in Robotics (MSR)

Cognitive Science Certificate

Computer science PhD students may earn a specialization in cognitive science by taking six cognitive science courses. In addition to broadening a student’s area of study and improving their resume, students attend cognitive science events and lectures, they can receive conference travel support, and they are exposed to cross-disciplinary exchanges.

Learn more about the cognitive science certificate

The Crown Family Graduate Internship Program

PhD candidates may elect to participate in the Crown Family Graduate Internship Program. This opportunity permits the doctoral candidate to gain practical experience in industry or in national research laboratories in areas closely related to his or her research.

This internship can provide significant positive impetus to the thesis effort, and may provide a basis for future employment.

Learn more about this internship program

Student Groups & organizations

Student groups and organizations provide an important opportunity for undergraduates to develop leadership skills and create opportunities to network with their fellow students, as well as faculty members, staff, and professionals in the field.

See a list of student groups and organizations in the department