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; in addition, 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. All graduate students will be admitted with an initial major professor and will have to secure a major professor by the end of second semester.


Application for Admission

The application to the ECpE graduate program is a two-phase process. First, complete the initial graduate application form through the Office of Admission application portal. This is a simple application form with no application fee which makes it easy to apply. Please include a C.V., unofficial exam reports, a statement of purpose, and unofficial academic transcripts. In reviewing this pre-application phase, ECpE faculty will conduct an initial assessment of your qualifications for graduate studies at ISU, including if an application fee waiver is available for your second-phase application. Within two weeks of your initial application, we will email you with an admission recommendation.

If you pass the first round of review, then you may proceed to phase two which requires an application fee. In this second phase, you will arrange for three letters of recommendation.

Applications reviewed for this second-phase will be reviewed according to the following schedules:

Fall semester entry applications will be reviewed January through mid-May preceding the Fall semester.

Spring semester entry applications will be reviewed September through November preceding the Spring semester.

Decisions will be communicated by email as soon as possible after the decision is made.

Apply online at the Office of Admissions application portalApplication Instructions.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering or closely related area
  • GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • For the Spring 2023 admission cycle, the GRE is optional.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must meet the English Proficiency Requirement with either an appropriate degree or with a qualifying exam score.
    This requirement is satisfied for applicants who have a B.S. degree or higher from a US institution (for details see the application instructions).
    The minimum required scores for English exams:

    • TOEFL Internet (iBT): 88
    • TOEFL Paper (PBT): 570
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 59
    • Duolingo English Test: 105 (approved through the Spring 2023 admissions cycle)
    • Note: official English exam reports must be provided to ISU in order to prepare official admission offer documents.



Summer or Fall Entry: Applications for summer or fall semester should be completed by January 15 for consideration for funding opportunities.

Spring Entry: While fall semester is the best time to begin the graduate program, applications for spring entry are accepted and should be completed by September 1 for consideration for funding opportunities.

For applicants not seeking funding assistance in the form of graduate assistantships, applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

To get answers to frequently asked questions about applying to our graduate programs, see our Frequently Asked Questions information. If you have other questions, please email