Introduction to COE and ECE

Master's students in the College of Engineering (COE) are among an elite group of people who have chosen to advance their education at one of the premier engineering colleges in the country. The academic programs in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering are highly ranked, and our faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields. Here you will find a community in which you will excel. You will find faculty, staff, and peer students who are supportive and committed to your success. You will find rigorous coursework that will prepare you to achieve your goals. You will experience an environment highly conducive to collaboration—and you will meet faculty with a broad range of research interests and connections both on campus and around the world.

The vision of the ECE department is to improve the world through global leadership in electrical and computer engineering research, education, technology transfer, and service to society.

In partnership with our students, it is the mission of the ECE department to:

  • Educate and inspire future leaders who contribute to society through the creation, application, and transfer of electrical and computer engineering knowledge.
  • Expand knowledge through research into new technologies, design methods, and analysis techniques.
  • Serve the state of Wisconsin, our nation, and the world with electrical and computer engineering expertise.

ECE M.S. Degree Options

ECE offers four master's degree named option programs that lead to the M.S. Electrical Engineering degree:

  • Research—traditional two-year master's program culminating in a thesis or research project.
  • Professional—accelerated, course-based master's program with the opportunity to choose a specialty area.
  • Machine Learning and Signal Processing—accelerated, course-based master's program tailored to the area of machine learning and signal processing.
  • Power Engineeringonline, off-campus program in power engineering designed for working professionals.

Students apply to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering through one of the named options:

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Program Resources

Funding information for each named option program is available on the corresponding pages:

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements


Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement See Named Options for policy information.
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement See Named Options for policy information.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements See Named Options for policy information.
Assessments and Examinations See Named Options for policy information.
Language Requirements See Named Options for policy information.

Required Courses

Select a named option for courses required.

Named Options

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering must select one of the following named options:

Students should refer to one of the named options for policy information:

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

department of electrical and computer engineering resources

UW–Madison, the College of Engineering, and ECE have an abundance of professional development opportunities for students to take advantage of in order to better prepare themselves for internships and job positions during and following their education. First of all, the ECE Department strongly encourages students to utilize the Graduate School's professional development resourcesEngineering Career Services (ECS) hosts multiple career fairs each semester where students can directly interact with prospective employers, schedule interviews, and find internships and full-time jobs. ECS also maintains job listings and hosts a variety of professional development workshops each semester. The ECE Department provides unique opportunities throughout the year for students to attend and participate in various lectures, workshops, and trainings. The ECE Graduate Student Association (GSA) organizes professional development opportunities for fellow students. Students are made aware of events and opportunities via email and other communications.

  1. Demonstrate a strong understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, analyze, and independently solve advanced engineering problems.
  3. Apply the relevant scientific and technological advancements, techniques, and engineering tools to address these problems.
  4. Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Professors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors

Anderson, David T.
Behdad, Nader
Booske, John H.
Boston, Nigel
Botez, Dan
Davoodi, Azadeh
Farrell, Robert M.
Fawaz, Kassem
Gubner, John
Hagness, Susan (department chair)
Hitchon, William N.
Hu, Yu Hen
Jahns, Thomas M.
Jiang, Hongrui
Jog, Varun
Kats, Mikhail A.
Kim, Younghyun
Knezevic, Irena
Krishnaswamy, Bhuvana
Lesieutre, Bernard
Lessard, Laurent
Li, Jing
Lipasti, Mikko
Loh, Po-Ling
Ludois, Daniel
Ma, Zhenqiang
Mawst, Luke
Milenkovic, Paul H.
Nowak, Robert
Papailiopoulos, Dimitris
Ramanathan, Parameswaran (Parmesh)
Roald, Line
San Miguel, Joshua
Sethares, William A.
Severson, Eric
Shohet, J. Leon
van der Weide, Daniel
Van Veen, Barry
Velten, Andreas
Venkataramanan, Giri
Wendt, Amy E.
Yu, Zongfu

Adjunct Professors

Malloy, Matthew

Faculty Associates

Allie, Mark C.
Fredette, Steven
Hoffman, Eric
Krachey, Joe
Milicic, Srdjan

Affiliate Faculty

Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi (Computer Sciences)
Banerjee, Suman (Computer Sciences) 
Brace, Chris (Biomedical Engineering) 
Brar, Victor (Physics) 
Gupta, Mohit (Computer Sciences)
Hernando, Diego (Radiology) 
Hill, Mark (Computer Sciences)
Miller, Barton (Computer Sciences)
Negrut, Dan (Mechanical Engineering)
Raskutti, Garvesh (Statistics)
Rohe, Karl (Statistics)
Sanders, Scott T. (Mechanical Engineering)
Sankaralingam, Karthikeyan (Computer Sciences)
Sarlioglu, Bulent (Engineering Professional Development) 
Sinclair, Matt (Computer Sciences)
Varghese, Tomy (Medical Physics)


For a listing of current staff members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, please visit the ECE website