Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Electrical Engineering with optional specialization:
- PhD in Electrical Engineering with optional specialization:
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Analog/Digital VLSI Circuits and Systems
- Biomedical Digital Signal Processing
- Communications Engineering
- Digital Systems
- High Performance Electric Machines
- Materials and Materials Physics
- Nanoscale Laser Material Processing
- Optics of Nanostructure Materials
- Power Electronics
- Pulsed Power
- Sensor Networks
- Wireless Communications
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Electrical Engineering
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- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Statement of goals and objectives
- Three letters of recommendation
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Electrical Engineering
- March 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers two degree programs, the Master of Science and the Ph.D. Active research areas exist in: biomedical engineering, digital and wireless communications, digital and VLSI design, digital signal processing, electro-optics, ellipsometry, mixed-signal circuit design, nanotechnology, optics of nanostructure materials, plasma processing, power systems, remote sensing and electromagnetics, and solid state devices and materials. These programs are funded by various federal, state, and private agencies with annual research expenditures exceeding $2 million.
The department has extensive research facilities for all areas of active research and graduate students have the flexibility to pursue their own research experience. In addition to computing facilities individually operated by each research group, the department administers a network of high-end UNIX workstations and PCs which are regularly upgraded. These facilities are used for classroom instruction as well as the individual needs of the students.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Electromagnetic Interactions; Theoretical Calculations; Pulse Propagation; Nanostructures; Thermal Wave Echo Imaging; Aerosols
Electrical Power Systems; Survivability and Vulnerability Assessment of Energy Infrastructure
Electromagnetic and Acoustic Wave Propagation; Optical Identification of Biological and Chemical Materials; Microwave Remote Sensing; Scattering DepolarizationEmeritus
CAD of VLSI Systems; Analog VLSI Design; Focal Plane Arrays for Image Processing
Control Systems; Simulation and Modeling
Design and Control of Manufacturing Systems; Modeling Uncertainty for Decision Making Under Risk
Ion Beam Processing and Material Fabrication for Nano-Electromechanic, Magnetic and Optical Device Applications
Optical Sensors/Actuators for Structural Health Monitoring; Micro/Nano Photonic Devices and Structures; Optical Biochemical Sensors
Statistical Signal Processing; Efficient Sampling and Processing of Signals; Information Theory; Signal Processing for Radar Systems
Digital Signal Processing; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Data Compression
Nanohybrid Functional Materials
Power Electronic Device Characterization; Silicon and Wide Bandgap Materials
Thin Film Deposition; Plasma Processing; Nanoscale Processing; Optical Process Monitoring
Nanoscale Laser Material Processing and Characterization; Nanoimprinting; Nanoparticle Formation; Thin Film Deposition
Graphic Databases; Distributed Management Information Systems; Interactive Data Management and Retrieval; Interactive Management/Modeling; Communication Network Simulation; Load Analysis and Projection; Power Production ModelingEmeritus
Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Bayesian Networks; Genetic Variations
Efficient Electric Vehicles
Health Care Monitoring of Medicare Patients
Image Processing and Computer Vision; Signal Processing and Communications
Renewable Energy Systems; Microgrids; Electric Power Systems; Power Electronics; Electric Machines; Control Systems; Computational Intelligence
Modeling techniques to Facilitate the Analysis and Design of Complex, High-Performance Electric Energy Systems; Numerical Analysis and Computer Aided Design for Electric Machinery and Power Electronic Devices and Circuits; Electric Machines and Drives
Gene Regulation Using uORFs in Yeast; Whole Genome Phylogeny; Characterizations of Microbiomes
Nanoscience of Hybrid Optical Materials; Generalized Ellipsometry; Nanostructure Properties and Multi-Ferroic Heterostructure
Optical Properties of Semiconductors and Nanoscale Materials; Thin Film Structures; Real-Time Control
Thin Film Semiconductors for Solar Cells; Tunable Antenna Applications; Hollow Cathode Deposition TechniqueEmeritus
Modeling and Simulation of Digital Systems; Embedded and Fuzzy Systems; Field Programmable Gate Arrays; Interconnection Networks
Digital Signal Processing
Thin Films; Interfacial and Environmental Effects on Materials