Graduate Admissions

The deadline for applying to the department is as follows:

FALL SEMESTER

For international students, the deadline for applications is February 1. All documentation must be received and confirmed by February 20. Please make sure everything is received at least 5 business days prior, to allow for processing. If it is not processed and your confirmation page completed by the deadline, your application will not be considered complete.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the deadline for applying is January 1 in order to be considered for university level fellowships; otherwise, it is July 1. All documentation must be received and confirmed by July 20. Please make sure everything is received at least 5 business days prior, to allow for processing. If it is not processed and your confirmation page completed by the deadline, your application will not be considered complete.

For distance learning students, the deadline for a fall semester start date is August 1. Since several courses require the use of proprietary software, the DL programs are currently intended for U.S. citizens and U.S. residents only; however, we expect to offer these programs to the international community in the near future.

SPRING SEMESTER

For international students the deadline is August 1. All documentation must be received and confirmed by August 20. Please make sure everything is received at least 5 business days prior, to allow for processing. If it is not processed and your confirmation page completed by the deadline, your application will not be considered complete.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the deadline is October 1. All documentation must be received and confirmed by October 20. Please make sure everything is received at least 5 business days prior, to allow for processing. If it is not processed and your confirmation page completed by the deadline, your application will not be considered complete.

For distance learning students, the deadline for a spring semester start date is November 1. Since several courses require the use of proprietary software, the DL programs are currently intended for U.S. citizens and U.S. residents only; however, we expect to offer these programs to the international community in the near future.

Attention incoming graduate students

If you have been accepted to Texas A&M University and you will be joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering please inform the graduate office at gradinfo@ece.tamu.edu with your full name and UIN no less than two weeks prior to the start of the semester that you will be attending.

Your applications will consist of several components:

More information on each of these items can be found by visiting the Office of Admissions and Records website.


ApplyTexas

ApplyTexas Website

This form can be completed online at ApplyTexas. Detailed instructions for the completing this form can also be found at that site. On item number 11, you will be asked to enter an area of interest. In order to expedite the processing of your application, please select your area of interest from one of the following 7 areas:

ELEN Major:

  • Analog & Mixed Signal
  • Biomedical Imaging, Sensing & Genomic Signal Processing
  • Device Science and Nanotechnology (formerly solid state)
  • Electric Power Systems & Power Electronics
  • Electromagnetics and Microwaves
  • Information Science and Systems (formerly telecommunications)

CEEN Major:

  • Computer Engineering & Systems Group

You can find details on each of these areas of specialization by visiting the ECE web site. By selecting one of these areas, you will be giving the graduate office advice as to which group should be reviewing your application. Hence, it is important that you carefully review the descriptions of the various groups to determine which best suits your interests.

Students applying to the CEEN major in the ECEN department are allowed to register for CSCE courses.

Once you have submitted the Texas Common Application Form, within 5-10 working days, you will receive an email from the Admissions Office with the assigned University Identification Number (UIN). In this email will be instructions on setting up your NetID, accessing your Applicant Information System (AIS) and managing your recommendations.


Departmental Data Sheet

Once you have been assigned a UIN, please complete the departmental data sheet. 

Please complete the departmental datasheet provided on your AIS page.

Completing this form will enter your application into the department's processing system. The department cannot process your application until you have completed this form so failure to complete this form will greatly delay your application. Most of the items on this form are very straightforward. One item that can cause confusion for some applicants is the grade point ratio (GPR). We would like you to report your GPR on a 4.0 scale. If your university uses a different scale, pleased do a web search for a conversion. There are many different sites that do this and not every site works for every grading scale, so we cannot suggest one. If you know your ranking, you may provide this instead of a GPR (or you can provide both).


Statement of Purpose

In this one page essay, please give a description of why you want to pursue graduate studies in electrical or computer engineering and why you feel that Texas A&M is the right place for your graduate studies. Also include a description of your intended field of specialization, your academic background in this area, and any relevant experience you may have in this field. If you have one, please include a brief plan for your graduate research. Please try to keep this essay short and concise as unnecessary verbiage will make it difficult for our reviewers to find important information. Your statement of purpose should be submitted through the Apply Texas online application system. Do not send hard copies of your SOP to the graduate office. If you upload your SOP to AIS please upload it as ESSAY, not Statement of Purpose.


Letters of Recommendation

You should include at least three (3) letters of recommendation. It is preferred that these letters come from faculty who have been involved with your most advanced levels of academic education. We would like your referees to assess your research potential and in general your likelihood for success as a graduate student at Texas A&M. It would be helpful if they could specifically mention your rank and performance in their courses and any other items that indicate your scholarly abilities. If you cannot obtain three letters from current or past professors, you may include letters from employers, but usually these letters will carry less weight than letters from academic referees. You should not include letters from family friends or other non-technical referees who cannot fairly assess your academic abilities. The ECE department will no longer accept hard copies of recommendation letters. All letters must be submitted through the online letter of recommendation system in your AIS. We will not accept scanned/uploaded letters of recommendation. You will be provided with detailed instructions of how to submit recommendation letters when you complete your application through the Apply Texas online system.


Standardized Test Scores

GRE test scores are required for all applicants. TOEFL scores may be required depending on your educational background. While you may submit your application before you have received your official scores and then submit the test scores at a later date, we cannot process your application until we have received these scores. Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions and Records. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed). The department does not have a minimum requirement on standardized test scores however successful applicants typically have very competitive scores. Average scores for graduate students entering the ECE department in Fall 2015 were: Quantitative 166/170, Verbal 151/170, Writing 3.3/6.0. New scoring format.

TOEFL Scores: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which is satisfied by:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of:
    • 550 for paper-based testing (paper based test),
    • 213 computer-based testing (computer based test),
    • 80 internet-based testing (internet based test ), or
  • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band, or
  • completing 4 years of a Bachelor's degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university.

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. The institutional code for Texas A&M University for the TOEFL is 6003 (no department codes needed). Test scores should be from a test date within two years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions and Records. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination (the testing agency should mail official results to the address listed at http://admissions.tamu.edu/international/graduate). Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. We will use your highest test score from one test date. Copies of test scores are not considered official, but they may help the University locate your official test scores and are therefore useful when the application is processed. You may verify receipt of your official scores by checking your AIS. If you scores are not showing you may contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@tamu.edu. You will need to include your name (as given on test), date of birth, University Identification Number (UIN), type of test, date of test and date you requested scores to be sent.


Transcripts/Degree Statements

For application review, you may upload your transcripts through AIS. If you are admitted, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Instructions and mailing addresses for domestic and international students can be found on the Office of Admissions and Records web site. If you are currently completing a program, you do not have to submit a final transcript with your application, but we will need an up-to-date current transcript of your current program with the application. Upon admission to the program, you may bring your official final transcript or degree statement with you when you arrive on campus and supply them to the graduate office when you check in.

Do not mail any documentation to the ECE department. By doing so, you add weeks to the processing time. Mail all of your documentation, to 

If you are an International applicant:

International Admissions Processing

Texas A&M University

P.O. Box 40002

College Station, TX 77842-4002

Or

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident:

Graduate Admissions Processing

Office of Admissions

Texas A&M University

P.O. Box 40001

College Station, TX 77842-4001


Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants is required. The Office of Admissions and Records web site provides details on acceptable forms of payment for both domestic and international applicants. Your application cannot be processed until the fee has been paid.


Graduate Application Status Check

Once you fill out the department data sheet in the Applicant Information System (AIS) you can check back at any time to see exactly where your application is in the process.