Graduate degree programs provide students with advanced preparation for professional practice or research careers.Graduate degree programs provide students with advanced preparation for professional practice or research careers. read more

Graduate Study

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) 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 Electrical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering

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

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

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 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