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The 2023-2024 Admissions Process for the Graduate Program in the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will open on September 1st, 2023. The deadline to apply will be December 1st, 2023.

The ECE Graduate Admissions Team will be hosting virtual information sessions for prospective graduate students on the following dates.

Tuesday, November 14th at 1pm Central US
Tuesday, November 21st at 1pm Central US

We will have a short presentation where we cover frequently asked questions. We will also leave plenty of time for questions and answers. You can join these virtual sessions at 

A guide to frequently asked admissions questions can be found here:


There are five steps necessary in order to apply for admission to Graduate School in the Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin (Texas ECE):

1. Choose Your Degree Level and Academic Track

Texas ECE offers different MS and PhD degrees. It is important that you apply for the degree that matches your intent and goals, as there are implications in the degree choice for admissions and your path into and at UT. Please see the relevant webpages and corresponding frequently asked questions.

Texas ECE offers 8 different Academic Tracks of study. Make sure that you research all the academic tracks in Texas ECE to learn which track best fits your interests and goals, before you begin the application to Graduate School.

2. Complete the Application for Graduate Admissions

The deadline to apply for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 is December 1, 2023, 11:00 PM CST. You must have your application completed and submitted by this deadline in order to be considered.

Statement of Purpose and Resume

Make sure you upload your Statement of Purpose and Resume (or CV) when you come to those sections on the application. Your Statement of Purpose should be a summary of your academic and professional goals, as well as a description of the research work you have done in your past, and what research work you plan to do as a graduate student at UT. Additional tips and guidelines for preparing an effective Statement of Purpose can be found here. Please make sure these documents are edited to your liking before you upload them, for they cannot be deleted once they have been uploaded to your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Make sure you enter the valid e-mail address of each referee you want to submit a recommendation for you when you get to that section on the application. Please use the university domain address for each professor you are requesting a reference. Once you have completed this section of the application, a notice will be sent to each referee showing them where to go to complete a recommendation for you using our online system. Three is only the minimum number of recommendations required to accompany your application. You are welcome to add more.

3. Submit Transcript

After you have completed and submitted your application to Graduate School and paid your application fee, upload a copy of your transcript(s). After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript. Your uploaded transcript(s) are considered to be unofficial, but will be used to process your application for admission. DO NOT mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts to the University of Texas. Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application.

4. Standardized Testing Requirements

GRE scores are not considered in our application process. International applicants are required to submit an exam score for English proficiency. The TOEFL and IELTS exams are both accepted. More information on testing and exemptions can be found here on the Graduate School website.

5. Application Fee Waiver for U.S. Citizen Applicants

If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Applicant, you may qualify for a waiver of the application fee if you have received or applied for one of the fellowships listed below. Complete and submit the survey located here in order to submit your waiver request.

When you are ready to complete and submit your application to Grad School to UT-ECE, you may bypass the application fee and opt to pay using your status check portal. This will ensure that you are not charged for the application fee at the time you apply. The link to your application status check will be sent to you after you have applied to Graduate School.

You may qualify for a waiver of the application fee if you have received or applied for one of the following fellowships.

Soros Foundation
AAUW Selected Professionals