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Graduate Studies

The graduate programs at Northeastern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are a cornerstone of the department. Located in the booming technology, medical, and research hub of Boston, Northeastern ECE provides excellent research and learning opportunities for its students and alumni. View ECE graduate degree programs.


The graduate programs at Northeastern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are a cornerstone of the department. Located in the booming technology, medical, and research hub of Boston, Northeastern ECE provides excellent research and learning opportunities for its students and alumni. 

Research Areas

Northeastern ECE faculty and graduate students conduct world-class research at the forefront of electrical and computer engineering. With over 65 full-time and affiliated faculty members, ECE is home to experts in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Information infrastructure and security
  • Health and biomedical applications of electrical engineering
  • boston2Brain-computer interface
  • Smart grids; sustainable energy
  • Nanotechnology and nanomaterials
  • Wireless communications
  • Networking
  • Signal processing
  • Microsystems
  • MEMS and materials
  • Computer architecture
  • High-performance computing
  • Robotics

Northeastern ECE is a research powerhouse in the Boston area and beyond. Over 200 PhD and 300 MS students play a crucial, leading role in the department’s research output.

World-Class Research and Resources

Northeastern ECE is the host or major partner in nine state-of-the-art research centers. Three of these centers are funded by the National Science Foundation and one by the Department of Homeland Security.

Northeastern ECE’s PhD students produce cutting-edge research that result in presentations at prestigious conferences and publication in high-impact professional journals. The majority of PhD students receive financial support in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or department fellowships.

ECE faculty and graduate students are deeply connected with the intellectual community of Boston and Cambridge. Our department features numerous collaborations with top-tier institutions, including:

ECE faculty receive research funding from a wide variety federal agencies and sources, including:

The Northeastern ECE Advantage: Industry and Employment Opportunities


Northeastern ECE is unique among ECE programs in providing internationally-recognized Internships & Co-op opportunities to our graduate students. High-achieving Northeastern ECE graduate students--in both master's and PhD programs--are invited to take advantage of these opportunities.

Students participating in this invaluable program are placed with a 6-month co-op employment opportunity by our co-op faculty, a professional placement team with a combined total of over 60 years of experience in finding the right job for every student. Students are matched with highly paid jobs that allow them to use their current skills and develop valuable industrial experience in their areas of expertise. 
The top-tier experiential learning program at Northeastern has forged strong relationships with employers both locally and nationally. These extensive connections provide invaluable opportunities for ECE students and alumni alike.

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Professional Development Workshop Series

For PhD students, the ECE Department offers a Professional Development Workshop Series to complement the research and classroom experiences. This series provides ECE PhD students with skills and information to help launch their careers.

The Northeastern ECE PhD Student Seminar Series (NEPSSS) is complementary to this series.

Recent Papers Authored by Northeastern ECE PhD Students

Northeastern ECE PhD students have the opportunity to attend and present work at the leading conferences and symposia in their fields.  Many of our students publish multiple journal papers, in IEEE Transactions and other top-tier venues, before graduating.  These papers appear on IEEE Xplore and are then accessible by researchers around the world.  As a Northeastern ECE PhD student, you will get a jump start on your h-index and building your scholarly record!

Studying and Living in Boston

Boston is a bustling, thriving city and one of the most sought-after places to live in the country. Getting around is easy in this compact city and Northeastern students take advantage of that campus's centralized location. Northeastern is flanked by two different T stops (Boston's subway) and served by numerous bus lines. Students take advantage of the robust public transportation options in Boston for getting around--or even commuting to a co-op job just across the Charles River in Cambridge.


Facts about Boston:

  • Boston is the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States and one of the most densely populated
  • wirelessBoston has one of the highest concentration of engineers in the country
  • In 1897 Boston became the first city in the United States to build a subway system
  • Boston is nicknamed “The Hub” with good reason: it’s an international capital of higher education, medicine, and tech innovation.
  • Greater Boston has the 12th-largest economy in the world
  • Boston has more than 350,000 college students from around the world
  • Diverse and rich arts and music scene; Northeastern is located steps from the world-class Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony

Limitless opportunities for recreation:

  • Check out a sports game! Boston is home to the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots
  • Go sailing or kayaking on the Charles River
  • Take a stroll through one of the many parks
  • Boston is within a 90-minute drive from scenic mountains (great for skiing and winter sports), gorgeous fall foliage, and the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod

Financial Assistance

ECE has several fellowships available for outstanding PhD students and we award over 10 of these each year to admitted students. These include Distinguished Dean's Fellowships, Dean's Fellowships, and Chair's Fellowships. The Dean's Fellowships are awarded to incoming students to immediately join a faculty member's research group (the student and faculty member will have been been in communication during the application process), while Chair's Fellowships are awarded to students who have not yet identified an advisor, with the requirement that they join a faculty member's research group by the end of the first academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to commonly asked questions, please refer to our comprehensive FAQ for Applicants . This guide includes detailed information about our degree programs, admissions, degree requirements, financial aid, work experience for graduate students, and student life.

For additional admissions questions, you may also wish to refer to the College of Engineering Graduate Admissions FAQ page .