ECE Programs of Study
The department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in several areas of research, two of which are interdepartmental. The degrees are titled M.S. or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
The M.S. programs are research oriented, are intended to provide the intensive technical preparation necessary for subsequent pursuit of a Ph.D. The degree may be terminal or obtained in the course of earning the Ph.D. Two plans of study are offered, both requiring successful completion of 48 quarter units of credit: Plan I is a combination of course work and research, culminating in the preparation of a thesis. Plan II involves course work only and culminates in a comprehensive examination. However, continuation in the Ph.D. program requires a comprehensive examination so most students opt for Plan II. Course requirements for the Ph.D. and the M.S. programs are identical.
The Ph.D. is a research degree requiring completion of the Ph.D. program course requirements, satisfactory performance on the comprehensive (Ph.D. Preliminary) examination and University Qualifying Examination, and submission and defense of a doctoral thesis.
Curriculum lists for each area of research can be found by selecting the appropriate link below:
- Applied Ocean Sciences
- Applied Optics and Photonics
- Applied Physics - Electronic Devices and Materials
- Applied Physics - Radio and Space Science
- Communication Theory and Systems
- Computer Engineering (IMPACTED: CE major can only be selected at the time of application/admission to UCSD. Changing/transferring into this major will not be allowed.)
- Electronic Circuits and Systems
- Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control
- Magnetic Recording (subset of Communication Theory and Systems)
- Medical Devices and Systems
- Nanoscale Devices and Systems
- Signal and Image Processing