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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Graduate Degree Programs

Important Admissions Deadlines

Fall admission

Jan. 15


Spring admission

Oct. 15

Fall admission offers

Mar. 31


Spring admission offers

Dec. 1 (CS)
Dec. 15 (EE)

Prof. Taylor Johnson
Dir. of Graduate Recruitment (CS)

Prof. Akos Ledeczi
Dir. of Graduate Studies (CS)

Carrie Owen
Graduate Program Coordinator (CS)  

                    Prof. Jack Noble 
                    Dir. of Graduate Recruitment (ECE)

                    Prof. Bennett Landman 
                    Department Chair (ECE)

                    Cassidy Slabaugh
                    Graduate Program Coordinator (ECE)


Computer Science

The computer science program provides opportunities for students to join vibrant collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts in artificial intelligence, computer animation and virtual environments, cyber-physical systems, distributed real-time and embedded middleware, human-systems integration, image processing, intelligent learning environments, model-integrated computing, robotics, software engineering and trustworthy computing. Students can explore a broad range of research areas in computer science, as well as interdisciplinary research opportunities in areas related to the School of Engineering's strategic directions in health care and medicine, security, energy and natural resources and entertainment.

The department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Vanderbilt University offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Computer Science (CS). The graduate program in CS is structured around four primary areas: (1) Computing foundations, (2) Computer and network systems, (3) Information and intelligent systems, and (4) Medical image computing. The CS graduate program encourages both fundamental and interdisciplinary research. State-of-the-art facilities that include computational resources, networks, and laboratories in several areas are available to support research activities.

An online option for the M.S. degree in computer science is available. Applications to both the online and residency programs are managed separately. Students may not combine the online and residency formats to complete the computer science degree program.

CS Admissions Requirements

Online CS Admissions Requirements

Procedures to change degree programs

Masters of Science 

Graduate Course Listing

Master's Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Course Catalog

Ph.D. Program Structure 

Admission to Advanced Standing in the CS Program


Preliminary Exam Procedures

Admission to Candidacy, Qualifying Examination, and Dissertation Defense

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical engineering students have the opportunity to participate in research that is propelling those changes with the potential to impact virtually every human system, from health care to education, transportation, defense and the environment. Significant research programs in electrical engineering focus on carbon, diamond and silicon nanotechnology, hybrid and embedded systems, medical image processing, photonics, radiation effects and reliability and robotics. Many faculty members are involved with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, which support leading-edge basic and applied research important to critical commercial and government systems. In addition, several faculty members are affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering.

Masters of Science

Graduate Course Listing

Master's Requirements (pdf)

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Course Listing

Doctoral Requirements (pdf)

Gateway Course List