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To apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, you must first meet the general requirements of admission by the  Vanderbilt University Graduate School. Application for admission may be made electronically through the  Graduate School. The Graduate School Catalog may be viewed at

Important Admission Deadlines

Application open (for both fall and Spring admission) August 1
Application deadline for spring admission November 1
Application deadline for fall priority / early decision  November 15
Application deadline for fall general admission January 15
Target date by which spring admission decisions are released December 1
Target date by which fall priority decisions are released December 20
Deadline to respond to fall admission offer (National Response Day)                                 April 15

Please  click here  to view details of the application process through the Graduate School.

If you have any additional questions about the admission and application process, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator

For questions related to curriculum, areas of focus, or technical aspects of what we offer in our program, please contact Director of Graduate Recruiting


Application and Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

 Admission Criteria

What are the criteria for admission to the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering?

Academic records, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (if provided), and the statement of purpose are all taken into consideration for admission.

What degrees are offered by the Graduate Program?

The Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Currently, we do not offer a Master’s in Engineering (M.E.) in Electrical Engineering.

Can I apply to the Ph.D. program with only a Bachelor’s degree or must I apply for admission the Master’s program first?

Applicants who are interested in earning a Ph.D., whether or not they have a master’s degree, are encouraged to apply directly to the Ph.D. program. Students who are accepted to the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree can earn the master’s degree on the way to their Ph.D.

Do I have to choose a faculty advisor before my application is reviewed for admission?

No. However, you are encouraged to list any faculty in which you may want to work with that are in line with your research interest.

How do I contact professors for research opportunities?

You are encouraged to explore the research institutes and groups in the department which have their faculty and contacts listed:

You can also view the faculty Directory for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering here: 

If I submit an application to the Ph.D. program, but am not admitted, will my application still be considered for admission to the Master’s Program?

If your application is reviewed and a recommendation for the PhD program is not submitted, your application may still be considered for admission to the Master’s program, although not guaranteed. You would have to reach out to the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator and specifically ask to switch your application to a Masters' application.

Will there be any opportunity to transfer to the Ph.D. Program if I am admitted to the Master’s program?

Transfer to the Ph.D. program from the Master’s will depend on the research progress and will typically need to be exceptional and beyond Master’s level. Requests to transfer programs are subject to approval from the academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

What funding opportunities are available?

Master’s Students:  Currently, funding is not available to students admitted to the Master’s program.

Ph.D. Students:  The School of Engineering seeks to provide a competitive admission package to its students. Ph.D. students are typically awarded an Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship includes a tuition waiver, a competitive monthly stipend, payment of student service fees, and the premium for Vanderbilt student health insurance for an individual under the comprehensive plan. Typically, first-year students will participate in teaching experience and will serve as a teaching assistant.

The continuation of funding is dependent on academic and research progress toward your degree.

Does the degree program offer Day 1 CPT?

At this time, our program does not offer Day 1 CPT.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an off-campus employment option available to F-1 students when the training experience is considered to be an integral part of the established curriculum and directly related to the student's major area of study. ("Training" is used here to refer to paid or unpaid internships or employment. According to Immigration regulations, CPT may be an internship, practicum, or other work experience that is required for the degree program (as defined in the course catalog) or for which academic course credit is awarded)
  • For more information regarding CPT please visit:
Application Process

What is the deadline for submission?

The application for both the spring and fall admission cycle will open on August 1. To be considered for admission for the fall, applications must be submitted by January 15. We do have a priority / early decision application deadline of November 15. To be considered for admission for the spring, applications must be submitted by NOvember 1 Please reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator if you have any extenuating circumstances. Sometimes, spots may still be available.

What are the application requirements?

To apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, you will need to submit an application for admission electronically through  The Graduate School.  Application requirements include:

Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS)
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation (3)

I have taken the GRE test more than once. Will you use my best individual scores from each section or use the most recent GRE scores when assessing my application?

All components of your application will be considered, including all test scores.

What are the language proficiency exam score requirements?

TOEFL: The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 90

IELTS: The minimum acceptable score is 7.0

Duolingo: The minimum acceptable score is 110.

Can the language proficiency requirement be waived?

Applicants are exempt from this requirement if they have earned a degree from an institution within a country where English is the primary (official) language. The waiver is granted automatically through the application based on the institution input.

In addition, applicants who would normally be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, but who have been working for at least the prior three years in the US or another country in which English is the official language, can petition to have that requirement waived.

How do I verify that my TOEFL waiver was applied?

The Application Checklist on the application status page will display a status of “waived.”

Do I need to mail in original transcripts?

You do not need to mail in original transcripts when applying. You should upload an unofficial transcript from prior undergraduate or graduate work as a part of your online application. Official transcripts are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted.

Is there an application fee?

If you are submitting an application to the Master's program, there is no fee. If you are submitting an application to the PhD program. the application fee is 95.00 USD.

Can my application fee be waived?

Waivers of the application fee will be considered automatically as part of the application process for US citizens and US permanent residents (documentation may be required). Unfortunately, application waivers are not available automatically for international students.

For additional questions and information about application fee waivers please contact:

How can I check the status of my application?

You may check the status of your application through your applicant portal here:

Can I upload additional documents after my application has been submitted?

You may upload additional documents after the application has been submitted.

Can recommendation letters be submitted after the application close?

Yes. You may submit your application even if all recommendation letters have not been submitted. However, an admission decision cannot be released until all materials, including recommendation letters, are received.

When can I expect to hear from the program about the admission decision?

All official decisions will be communicated by the Graduate School on or before April 15th (for fall admissions) or December 15th (for spring admissions)

If I receive an offer of admission, what are the next steps?

If you have received an offer of admission, the department administrator will contact you for next steps.

How long after an admission offer is made do I have to respond?

Typically you will have at least 2 weeks to respond with either your acceptance or rejection of the admission offer. You should complete the Admission Response Form through the application portal to indicate your response.


For additional application questions and/or technical issues please visit:



Engineering Graduate Programs
ATTN : Electrical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
411 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: (615) 343-2727