Admission to the M.S. Program in Electrical Engineering


Every applicant must meet the minimum requirements given below. However, merely satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Please submit the official GRE scores to SDSU Graduate Admissions.

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

Three Letters of Recommendation (LOR) need to be submitted on official letterhead. The references need to send their LOR to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering via email at [email protected]. The LORs must be sent as a pdf file and include the student's first and last name (student's RED ID can be included as well). LORs emailed by the applying student will not be accepted.

Submission of Official Documents

Submission of official documents 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 2019 Graduate Steps to Apply).

For more information on how to apply please visit this 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.

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 this link . 
For additional information on San Diego State University's Division of Graduate Affairs please see the Division of Graduate Affairs 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.