Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering (EE) or computer engineering (CpE).

Electrical engineering research areas include:

  • electronic devices and circuits
  • optoelectronics, microscopy, nano optics
  • nanobioelectronics & sensing, MEMS
  • communications
  • signal processing
  • information theory
  • power electronics 
  • systems engineering
  • machine learning

Computer engineering thrusts encompass:

  • computer architecture
  • software
  • embedded systems
  • security
  • cyberphysical systems

Program learning outcomes (PLOs) for Electrical Engineering and Computer Enginering may be found here. The department also offers graduate degrees in networked systems, a program administered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science.  

We also offer a separate professional Master of Engineering program with an electrical engineering and computer science concentration. You can learn more about the program specializations, admission requirements, and deadlines at To compare the different master’s degree options, please check out this chart.

Prospective and Incoming Students

Quick Links

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(949) 824-5489

Graduate Program Coordinator

Amy Pham
(949) 824-5489

Graduate Advisor

Professor Payam Heydari
(949) 824-9324 Office