Admission to the MSEE and MSCOMPE Degree ProgramS

Every applicant must meet the minimum requirements given below. However, merely satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission. The application window for Fall 2023 will be from October 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023.

Admission to Classified Standing (Domestic):

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program in the USA.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.85 (based on 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of technical course work.

Admission to Classified Standing (International):

International applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation or Computer Engineering from a recognized engineering program.
  • An equivalent grade point average of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) or higher in all technical course work.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 85 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Please note that the minimum TOEFL score required by the program is higher than the minimum required score of the university.

For international students with admission questions, please contact the International Admissions Office at [email protected] or go to their website

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores for the Fall 2023 admission cycle will be optional. 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL or equivalent scores for the Fall 2023 admission cycle will be required.

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Please note the Electrical Engineering program does not require a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as it is not taken into consideration with making admission decisions. Please do not send an SOP.

Letters of Recommendation (LOR)

One mandatory LOR is required for both the MSEE and MSCompE degree applicants. Applicants should upload their LOR to Interfolio via this link:
If you have questions regarding the submission of your LORs, please contact Dr. Santosh Nagaraj at [email protected]

Up to two additional letters are encouraged but are not mandatory. Please ensure that the LOR is submitted on an official letterhead of the organization that the referee is professionally affiliated with. The LOR should also have the referee’s official designation/rank in his/her organization. The referee should specify the capacity and duration for which he/she has known the applicant. The applicant’s first and last name along with the Red ID (if possible) should be included in the letter. The letter can be uploaded in the form of a pdf file.

Submission of Official Documents

Submission of official documents, such as TOEFL score and transcripts, need to be sent to the SDSU Graduate Admissions office. Documents sent to the department via email or regular mail/delivery services will not be accepted and will be discarded.

You must complete the Cal State Apply application and provide your official test scores and transcripts to the SDSU Graduate Admissions office (follow the instructions on Fall 2023 Graduate Steps to Apply).

For more information on how to apply please visit the Office of Admissions - SDSU Main Campus Master's Degrees page.

Scholarships and Financial Support

A limited number of resident tuition waiver scholarships are available for new students. These scholarships are highly competitive. Students who want to be considered for these scholarships must submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications received after JANUARY 15th will not be considered for scholarships.

Other means of financial support are also available for our graduate students, including Teaching Assistantship and Grader positions. Most of our faculty are carrying out cutting-edge research; they hire students as Research Assistants (or provide Tuition Assistance) to work on their sponsored research projects.

For more information on financial aid and scholarships please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships site at

Professional Career Opportunities

San Diego is home to many hi-tech companies in wireless communication and networks, VLSI, signal processing, RF/microwave and bio-technology. Many of our graduates are employed by these companies.

Graduate students have many opportunities to work as interns in these companies. The ECE Department allows graduate students in good academic standing to work as interns through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program.

How to Apply

You may apply to the M.S.E.E program by using the information on the Office of Admissions - SDSU Main Campus Master's Degrees page.
For additional information on San Diego State University's College of Graduate Studies please see the College of Graduate Studies website.

Important Notes:

  • Please DO NOT send official documents to the department. All official documents should be sent to the SDSU Graduate Admissions office.
  • There is no spring semester admission. All applicants must apply for the fall semester.


Admission for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

For information on admission for veterans, service members, and military families, please click on the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center.

For Veterans Who Are Undergraduate or Graduate Students

The Troops to Engineers program provides specialized career assistance for student veterans seeking to improve their professional development skills, obtain paid internships and secure engineering specific employment upon graduation.