Graduate Admissions

Admission into the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) depends largely on meeting at least minimum academic qualifications required by the department, but admission of qualified applicants also depends on a match between the student’s area of interest, research specialties, and needs of the faculty.

While applicants with records that meet or exceed the department’s admissions guidelines are not guaranteed admission, we promise to make every effort in assessing each student’s ability and motivation to carry on advanced study and research in electrical and computer, evidence of creative talent, ability to speak and write English clearly, and promise for a successful career.

In addition to satisfying the admission guidelines, the department also is interested in your potential as a teaching or research assistant. A faculty member in the department must agree to work and support you as your major professor, and your complete file is made available for our faculty to review.

Application Requirements for Domestic (U.S.) Citizens

Applicants who are U.S. citizen must have a:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering or closely related field
  • GPA of 3.0 or better at an undergraduate level
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 700 or better on the Quantitative section; Waivers may be granted under extenuating circumstances
  • Statement of Purpose

Application Requirements for International Students

Applicants from countries outside the United States must have a:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering or closely related area
  • Class ranking in the upper 25 percent
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 700 or better on the Quantitative section
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 88 iBT (or 570 PBT) or better
  • Statement of Purpose

Deadlines

SUMMER OR FALL ENTRY: Applications for summer or fall semester should be received by January 15 for consideration for a research or teaching assistantship.

SPRING ENTRY: While fall semester is the best time to begin a graduate program, applications are accepted for spring entry and need to be received by September 15 for consideration for a research or teaching assistantship.

Frequently Asked Questions

To get answers to frequently asked questions about applying to our graduate programs, see our Frequently Asked Questions information.

To check your application status, fill out the university’s Graduate Student Application Status Check Form or e-mail ecpegrad@iastate.edu. NOTE: Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we may not be able to respond immediately to your request.