Graduate Programs

The ECE Department offers graduate degrees (masters and doctorate) in electrical and computer engineering, with emphasis areas in Power and Energy Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Telecommunications and Remote Sensing, Hardware and Embedded Systems, and Computing Systems. The Department also participates in the PhD program in Computing Sciences and Engineering in collaboration with the UPRM Math Department. The ECE graduate program involves 38 faculty, 14 research laboratories, group and centers, with grants from NSF, DoD, NOAA, NIH, and collaborative projects with industry, that provide support to qualified graduate students.

Degrees offered:

  1. Master of Engineering (ME) – The master of engineering is a professional degree that comprises advanced coursework in electrical and computer engineering. The ME program has two options, Plan II, where students take 24 to 27 credits in courses, and work on an engineering project (3-6 credits), and Plan III, where students take 30 credits in courses. The department offers ME programs in Electrical Engineering (MEEE) and in Computer Engineering (MECpE).
  2. Master of Science (MS) – The master of science degree comprises advanced coursework in electrical and computer engineering (24 credits) and requires the preparation of an original thesis (6 credits). The department offers MS programs in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and in Computer Engineering (MSCpE)
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – This is the terminal degree for those seeking a technical or research career in electrical engineering. The PhD program in Electrical Engineering requires the completion of 37 course credits above the BS, plus 12 hours of dissertation, passing qualifying and comprehensive examinations, and a successful dissertation defense.

Admission Requirements

General requirements necessary for admission into the graduate programs appear in the Norms which Regulate Graduate Studies at UPRM (Certification 09-09) issued by the UPRM Academic Senate. Specific ECE requirements are as follows:

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or their equivalents from an accredited institution of higher learning. The graduate departmental committee will evaluate each applicant’s qualifications and the reputation of their graduating institution to determine if the applicant fulfills admission requirements of the graduate program and decide on the type of admission to be awarded.

  • Applicants with a bachelor degree or a master’s degree in other engineering fields, in science, in mathematics or in related areas may be considered for admission into the electrical engineering doctoral program. Depending on the applicant’s academic background, admission may be granted with deficiency courses or a master degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering may be recommended before admission into the doctoral program.

  • A general grade point average of 3.0/4.0 for the masters programs.

  • A general grade point average of 3.3/4.0 if the applicant holds a BS degree, or 3.5/4.0 if the applicant holds an MS degree or a higher degree for the PhD program.

    • Note: admission is sometimes possible for applicants with lower GPAs, but that have previous industrial or research experience.
  • A minimum mastery of both English and Spanish skills to understand technical literature and to write technical documents in both languages.

  • Three letters of recommendation from qualified referees.

  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant’s goals and interests.

Graduate Studies in ECE (January 2017 Student Orientation, in Spanish)

Application Deadlines:

Fall Admission – 15 February each year, and 15 March (late application fee)
Spring Admission – 15 September each year, and 15 October (late application fee)

Preparing your statement of purpose:

When preparing your statement of purpose you must:

  • Indicate the areas of emphasis of your interest
  • Identify faculty that could serve as your thesis advisor (for PhD, MS, and ME Plan II)
  • Clearly state your goals and describe any experience in the emphasis area of interest.

Applications to the PhD Program that do not meet these requirements may be rejected.

Applications to the MS or ME Plan II programs that do not meet these requirements may be considered to the ME Plan III program instead. 

Alfred P. Sloan UPRM PhD Enrichment Program:

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are accepted throughout the Fall Semester.

UPRM Graduate School (in Spanish)

For more information, please contact the Graduate Student Counsellor, Ms. Sandra Montalvo (sandra@ece.uprm.edu), or the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Rafael A. Rodríguez-Solís (rafael.rodriguez19@upr.edu)