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Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering


Our Master's, Doctoral, and certificate programs are intensive, hands-on, and in tune with the future of the field.

Graduate student working on Electrical Engineering equipment in lab.

Electrical and Computer Engineering is at the heart of the most rapidly evolving technology our world has ever seen. Our graduate programs are designed to educate and equip engineers with the most up to date and necessary skills to pursue prominent careers here in Silicon Valley and throughout the world. Through advanced courses and research, our graduate students will gain cutting-edge knowledge in this diverse and exciting field. Our courses are concentrated in six focus areas and designed to enhance the expertise of prospective and practicing engineers. We accept undergraduates with degrees in engineering, mathematics, and related fields.

Master of Science

Our Master's of Science program offers a choice of six primary focus areas. Each focus area has general requirements and selections of electives in subareas. With guidance from your advisor, you will design an individualized program to meet your career goals, and complete a Program of Studies Form.

Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs provide intensive graduate study of a narrow topic. At roughly one-third of the units of a Master's degree, you can complete a certificate program more quickly. Certificates include Digital System Design, Integrated Circuit Design and Technology, Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning, Digital Signal Processing Theory, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and RF and Applied Electromagnetics.

These programs are appropriate for students working in industry and seeking to update their skills or for those interested in changing their career path.

Engineer's Degree

More advanced than a Master's, our Engineer's Degree is a high-level terminal degree designed for practicing engineers. It requires 45 additional units beyond the course of study for the Master's as well as publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Ph.D. Program

For those seeking to pursue an academic career, our Ph.D. program emphasizes independent research with support from our renowned faculty. We expect all candidates to complete within eight years, but most finish in significantly less time.

Teaching Assistant Information

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers TA positions yearly and students are hired every Spring for the following academic year.

Specific responsibilities may include supervision of undergraduate laboratory sections, assisting undergraduate students, and correcting papers. Course instructors will give TAs specific assignments in regards to running the lab sections. Please note that TAs are required to attend a mandatory TA training session at the beginning of the academic year.

To be considered as a TA you must show proof of your eligibility to work in the United States at Santa Clara University for the entire term of your TA agreement.

To apply for a TA position:

Please submit the TA Application Form form along with a Resume, Cover Letter, and a copy of your SCU transcript to the following email address:


For information regarding TA positions offered in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department please contact us.

Contact Us

Chair: Shoba Krishnan
Department Manager: Leilani De Nieva

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402

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