Graduate Admissions


The department offers prospective students an option of completing a pre-application form. It is an optional and simple form to complete, and there is no application fee. A tentative admission decision will be communicated within one week to the email address you provide. If your pre-application is met with a tentative acceptance, the department will encourage you to apply through the Office of Admissions. For our highest ranked pre-applications, we may provide a coupon code to use for paying the application fee when applying through the Office of Admissions. Fill out your pre-application form here.

Application for Admission

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. 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.

Apply online at the Office of Admissions application portal.

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
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score of 155 or better on the Quantitative section. As of May 2020, the GRE requirement is temporarily suspended.
  • 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 Paper (PBT): 570
    • TOEFL Internet (iBT): 88
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 59
    • Duolingo English Test: 105
    • Note: official English exam reports must be on file in order to prepare official admission offer documents.


SUMMER OR FALL ENTRY: Applications for summer or fall semester should be completed by February 2 for consideration for funding opportunities.


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.

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