Cullen School of Engineering

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Dr. Ji Chen
Director of Graduate Admissions
E-mail: ece_grad_admit [at] uh [dot] edu

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 713-743-4400
Fax: 713-743-4444
E-mail: ece_grad_admit [at] uh [dot] edu
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Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
N308 Engineering Building 1
Houston, Texas 77004-4005
Phone: 713-743-4400
Fax: 713-743-4444
Department: ece [at] egr [dot] uh [dot] edu
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Prospective Graduate Students: ECE Admission Process

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Admission Types

Unconditional Admission:

  • A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, or in a closely related field, from an accredited institution, with a grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent) for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and on any coursework completed since graduation.
  • General GRE scores must be submitted.  While no minimum GRE scores are used to exclude students, typically students entering the program have GRE scores greater than 146 on the Verbal, greater than 155 on the Quantitative and greater than 4.0 on the Writing Assessment.
  • International students must submit an official TOEFL score of 92 or better.
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead, with the mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and the email address of the recommender included.

Conditional Admission (Only for citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States)

  • A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, or in a closely related field, from an accredited institution, with high GRE scores (or equivalent) and a grade point average between 2.60 and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and on any coursework completed since graduation.
  • The conditionally admitted student must earn a grade point average of at least 3.00 on the first 12 semester hours of graduate work after enrolled at the University of Houston. A general petition needs to be submitted to change conditional admission status after 12 semester hours.

Admission Requirements

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements: GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (Masters programs) or 3.30 on a 4.00 scale (Ph.D.). Foreign transcripts will be evaluated for comparison with the U.S. grade point scale.
  2. Passport photo
  3. Recommendation Letters: Three letters are required. It is preferred that letters of recommendation come from university professors familiar with the student's work. However, letters from other sources will be accepted. In any event, recommendation letters must be on the official letterhead of the university or industry from which they are being sent. Letters not arriving on official letterhead will not be accepted. Recommendation letters from a friend or relatives will not be accepted unless the individual has been closely related to student's project/course work. (Recommendation letter form)
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose is to let the dept. know your future goals and objectives. (Statement of purpose form) Note: You MUST include this form with your Statement of Purpose.
  6. Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test and TOEFL (international students only). TOEFL minimum:  92 internet-based test. Although an IELTS minimum exam score of 7.0 is accepted, the Department is strongly recommending the TOEFL exam. TOEFL exam scores must not be older than two years.
    While no minimum GRE scores are used to exclude students, students entering the program typically have GRE scores greater than 146 on the Verbal, greater than 155 on the Quantitative, and greater than 4.0 on the Writing Assessment.  (Scores in parenthesis refer to the paper-based scores.) The Department will continue to accept the current GRE format until new score scale is available from ETS.  GRE exam scores must not be older than five years.
  7. Transcript(s) from all institutions attended.
    Foreign applicants must submit both an original and an English translation of the transcripts. In addition, there may be other requirements relating to the acceptability of academic records. For example, all transcripts from Taiwan must have grades indicated in percentages. Applicants from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh must submit mark sheets for each year of studies beginning with the Secondary School Certificate (SSC). The registrar of the institute must stamp the mark sheets.

Admission Procedure

Please be sure to follow the information at the web site below on uploading all required materials to your student account.  Please do not send any additional documents unless specifically requested.

The ECE department will send you a message via email when your application is in the reviewing process. 

In order to guarantee that your application is considered for the intended semester of enrollment, all application materials must be received by the above deadlines, including required exam scores.  If all materials have not been received by the deadline, your application may be rejected or deferred to the next available semester.

Note that financial assistance is decided on a first-come basis, so all students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible if financial support is an important consideration.  It is strongly recommended that all students seeking support apply for the fall semester and ensure that the Department receives all application materials by Feb. 1.  This is particularly true for international students.

Please note that we cannot process your application until we have received all of the materials outlined in the given checklist. A checklist applicable to foreign applicants may be downloaded by clicking the following link:

 Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: August 1

Application Status

A decision for fall admission is typically made in April – late May and in October – late November for Spring semester.

The decision on admission will be based on a review of all submitted documents. Please note that meeting the above guidelines does not guarantee admission. The selection process for admission is selective, based on qualifications and match with departmental interests.

Financial Aid and Related Information

There are no additional financial-aid application forms necessary. Click here for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Current cost for tuition and fees can be found at the University website. Enrollment requirements posted at the College website will assist you in determining this cost.

Applicant Type Minimum Enrollment hours
International F1/J1 visa students 9 credit hours
US citizens and Permanent Residents 3 credit hours (at least)

A graduate student who receives an assistantship from the department may qualify for further support from the university. The graduate appointment will qualify a student for the non-resident tuition exemption (providing you with in-state tuition rates). Please note that other mandatory fees and course fees are not covered by this waiver. In addition, basic health insurance is also available to each graduate student.