The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department welcomes
enthusiastic, dedicated, and talented students in our graduate program.
The Department and the University are deeply dedicated to the quality
of education and research. We encourage you to consult the Department
website to review the range of research projects active at BYU and to
contact individual professors directly with questions about their
Admission requirements for all students to the BYU Electrical and
Computer Engineering program include the following:
- A completed undergraduate degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering or a related field,
- a personal statement of intent (see notes below on personal statement),
- GRE exam scores,
- three online letters of recommendation, and
- an ecclesiastical endorsement must be received from appropriate ecclesiastical leaders.
Applications must be submitted online.
The graduate studies
website provides further details about the application process and
provides a means for you to check the status of your application; we
encourage you to explore this site.
In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants from countries outside of
the United States must complete the following additional requirements:
Note that international applicants who do not currently have an MS degree are
unlikely to be admitted directly into the PhD program without a strong
letter of support from a BYU ECE faculty member.
- Submit evidence of current visa or immigration status.
- Demonstrate acceptable English proficiency by taking the TOEFL exam for non-native speakers
(see the graduate studies
English Proficiency Test Requirements for details). The TOEFL score requirements consist of a minimum total score on the iBT of 85 with a minimum score of 22 in Speaking and minimum scores of 21 in Listening, Reading, and Writing. For exceptional applicants, the department may consider requesting permission from the University to admit a student with a lower Speaking score, however, this will only be done if the total score is greater than or equal to 85 and if the applicant's potential graduate adviser agrees; note that in such cases the University may still deny admission. Students who are admitted with a lower Speaking score may be required to take English language classes upon enrollment.
- Submit evidence of financial support as described by the graduate studies International Applicant Instructions
- Upload copies of your transcripts and diplomas to your application; this
should be done by following
the "Department Documents" link in the online application form.
All elements of the application must be completed by the application deadline.
Please note that the application deadline for our department
is sooner than the university deadline. The application
deadlines for our department are as follows:
| Semester/Term || Application Deadline |
| Fall || January 15 |
| Winter || August 15 |
Research area and adviser
The Department has a tradition of strong research and publication
in the top conferences and journals of our field. This high-quality
research is performed with dedicated graduate students working closely
with a faculty adviser. To succeed as a graduate student, you must
have a graduate adviser.
Please review the faculty in our department
and identify at least one faculty member that shares your interests.
Statement of intent / personal statement
To help us better evaluate your background, interests, and
preparation, please include all of the following in your personal
statement (statement of intent):
- Describe why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree at BYU,
- Summarize your research interests,
- Clearly identify at least one faculty adviser from our
department that shares your research interests (listing multiple
faculty is acceptable), and
- Clearly indicate which degree option you intend to pursue (PhD,
thesis MS, course work MS).
Applicants that do not identify research interests, potential
faculty advisers, or the degree option will be at a severe
during the applicant review process.
ECEn Graduate Program Admissions -- Frequently Asked Questions
What if my undergraduate degree is not Electrical or
Computer Engineering? Are any pre-requisite courses
Yes, you may have to take several undergraduate courses to
prepare you for graduate work in our department. The specific
courses you would be required to take depend on your
undergraduate major and coursework, and the specific area of Electrical or
Computer Engineering you are interested in. Usually, only 3-4
pre-requisite courses are needed. After you are
admitted, you should meet with the graduate coordinator to
determine what pre-requisites you should register for.
Is it possible to be admitted to the program if my undergraduate
degree is not in math, physics, computer science, or
It is possible, though quite difficult. Usually a significant
amount of pre-requisite work is required before we can
evaluate your ability to succeed in our graduate program.
Do I really have to take the GRE General Exam?
Yes, the GRE general exam is required of all applicants.
How do I find out more about the GRE Exam?
Go to the GRE home page http://www.gre.org
Do I really have to take the TOEFL?
The TOEFL is only required of applicants from countries where
English is not the official language. The University requires a
minimum score of 237 on the computer-based exam, a minimum score of
580 on the paper-based exam, or a total of 85 on the IBT (with a
minimum score of 22 in speaking and 21 in listening, reading, and
- How do I find out more about the
More information about the TOEFL exam is available at
How do I qualify for financial assistance?
An applicant does not "qualify" for financial assistance in the sense that
if certain requirements are met, financial assistance is automatic.
Assistance comes from a variety of funding sources, and the
availability of these funds varies from year to year (and sometimes from
semester to semester). In general all financial awards are competitive. That
means the best qualified applicants (as measured by GPA, test scores,
experience, recommendations, etc.) are offered financial assistance over
No funding is available for international MS applicants. International applicants without their own financial support are discouraged from applying to the MS degree program.
This web page is provided for convenience and does not represent the
official policy of the University, College, or Department. For
official information please consult the graduate catalog at http://saas.byu.edu/catalog/.