Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Academics and laboratories; Named for John W. Whittemore, faculty member 1928-63; dean of engineering 1952-63.
340 Whittemore Mail Code:0111 Blacksburg VA 24061
Whittemore Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MEng
MEng Degree in Computer Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
• MS
MS Degree in Computer Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Offered In:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Computer Engineering
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Offered In:
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-7262
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Dec 31
Spring: Sep 01
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Department Head : Luke Lester
Graduate Program Director : Paul Plassmann (Assistant Department Head)
Emeriti Faculty: Robert Broadwater; Gary Brown; William Davis; Fred Lee; Douglas Lindner; Arun Phadke; Krishnan Ramu; Warren Stutzman; James Thorp
Professors: Masoud Agah; Paul Ampadu; Peter Athanas; Scott Bailey; Aloysius Beex; Dushan Boroyevich; Richard Buehrer; Thomas Clancy (National Capital Region); C Clauer (Hampton); Gregory Earle; Dong Ha; Yiwei Hou; Michael Hsiao; Mark Jones; Jih Lai; Luke Lester; Chen-Ching Liu; Allen MacKenzie; Thomas Martin; Theresa Mayer; Scott Midkiff; Lamine Mili (National Capital Region); Khai Ngo; Mariusz Orlowski; Jung-Min Park (National Capital Region); Paul Plassmann; Ting Chung Poon; Saifur Rahman (National Capital Region); Sanjay Raman (National Capital Region); Binoy Ravindran; Jeffrey Reed; John Ruohoniemi; Ahmad Safaai-Jazi; Timothy Sands; Wayne Scales; Patrick Schaumont; Daniel Stilwell; Joseph Tront; Yue Wang (National Capital Region); Anbo Wang; Yong Xu; Jianhua Xuan (National Capital Region)
Associate Professors: Amos Abbott; Joseph Baker; William Baumann; Rolando Burgos; Virgilio Centeno; Jaime De La Reelopez; Steven Ellingson; Louis Guido; Mantu Hudait; Qiang Li; Lingjia Liu; Leyla Nazhandali; Willem Odendaal; Cameron Patterson; JoAnn Paul (National Capital Region); Walid Saad; Chris Wyatt; Yaling Yang; Guoqiang Yu (National Capital Region)
Assistant Professors: Thidapat Chantem (National Capital Region); Harpreet Singh Dhillon; William Diehl; Christina Dimarino (National Capital Region); Dong Dong; Ryan Gerdes (National Capital Region); Mona Ghassemi; Jia-Bin Huang; Xiaoting Jia; Vasileios Kekatos; Kwang-Jin Koh; Elena Lind; Majid Manteghi; Chang Woo Min; Pratap Tokekar; Ryan Williams; Yang Yi; Haibo Zeng; Yuhao Zhang; Wei Zhou; Yizheng Zhu
Grant A. Dove Professor: Yue Wang (National Capital Region)
Hugh P and Ethel C Kelly Professor: James Thorp
Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor of Engineering: Masoud Agah
Bradley Distinguished Professor: Yiwei Hou
James S. Tucker Professor: Jih Lai
Willis Worcester Professor: Jeffrey Reed
University Distinguished Professor: Dushan Boroyevich; Fred Lee; Arun Phadke
Clayton Ayre Professor: Anbo Wang
Joseph R. Loring Professor: Saifur Rahman (National Capital Region)
Bradley Faculty Fellow of Education: Thomas Martin
L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow: Thomas Clancy (National Capital Region)
Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow: Harpreet Singh Dhillon
Roanoke Electric Steel Professorship in Engineering: Luke Lester
American Electric Power: Chen-Ching Liu

Computer Engineering Introduction

The Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate degree programs leading to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in electrical engineering and computer engineering. All degree programs are offered through the Blacksburg campus as well as extended campus consortia (National Capital Region, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, Virginia; Central; Hampton Roads; Western, and VT-MENA through Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt).

For the master's degree, each plan of study, developed by the student in consultation with his or her faculty advisor, must contain a limited number of core courses. The M.S. degree program requires a thesis. The M.Eng. is a non-thesis degree program and is especially suitable for part-time graduate students employed as engineers by industry and government agencies.

The Ph.D. degree program is research-oriented. Applicants applying for these degrees program must have an earned Master's degree in CPE, EE or related field.

A direct-Ph.D. option is available for students without an earned Master's degree. These students will earn a Master of Science, Thesis, or Master of Science, Non-Thesis, degree in addition to the Ph.D.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's current enrollment is approximately 535 students. Out of the enrolled students, approximately 95% of our full-time Ph.D. students are funded and approximately 75% of our full-time Master's student are funded.

Funding is available in three ways:
  1. Graduate Teaching Assistantships - Awarded by the department
  2. Graduate Research Assistantships - Awarded by individual faculty
  3. Fellowships - Awarded by the department to the top applicants to the program.
Of the fellowships awarded by the department, the Bradley Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed on ECE Ph.D. students and is restricted to U.S. citizens only.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the on-line application found at the Graduate School
  • Upload with your on-line application your scanned official transcripts from each institution that you will or have earned a degree from. Please do not mail official transcripts to the Graduate School until you have received an offer of admission.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • This is not required for Virginia Tech undergraduate students earning a B.S. degree in ECE at Virginia Tech with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their last 60 hours
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam for applicants earning a degree from non-English institutions
  • A resume and a statement of purpose submitted with the on-line application

Application Deadlines

International Students
To be considered for funding, the deadlines are December 31 for fall admission and September 1 for spring admission.

International students that do not wish to be considered for funding may apply until January 15 for fall admission and September 1 for spring admission.

Domestic Students (Anyone currently studying in the US)
If you wish to be considered for funding the deadlines are December 31 for fall  admission and September 1 for spring admission.

Domestic students that do not wish to be considered for funding may apply until July 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring  admission.

Electronic Correspondence: vt.ece.gradadm@vt.edu


Mailing Address for Correspondence:
ECE Graduate Admissions
302 Whittemore Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0111

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Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 590.0
    • Computer
      • 243.0
    • iBT
      • 96.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 157.0
      • Writing : 4.5
  • IELTS
    • General
      • Band : 7.5
32 credit hours
  • 27 credit hours of course work
  • 3 credit hours of project and report
  • 2 credit hours of seminar
The ECE Graduate Student Policy Manual gives detailed information pertaining to degree requirements.
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Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.3
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 590.0
    • Computer
      • 243.0
    • iBT
      • 96.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 157.0
      • Writing : 4.5
  • IELTS
    • General
      • Band : 7.5
32 credit hours
  • 21 credit hours of course work
  • 9 credit hours of research and thesis
  • 2 credit hours of seminar

The ECE Graduate Student Policy Manual gives detailed information pertaining to degree requirements.
Offered In ()

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.5
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 590.0
    • iBT
      • 96.0
  • GRE
    • General
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 157.0
      • Analytical : 4.5
Regular PhD Requirements (for students with an earned Masters):
92 credit hours
  • 30 credit hours of course work
  • 60 credit hours of research and thesis
  • 2 credit hours of seminar
Direct-PhD Requirements (for students with only an earned Bachelors):
MS, Thesis and PhD - 92 credit hours
  • 21 credit hours of coursework for MS (all transfer to PhD)
  • 9 additional credit hours of coursework for PhD
  • 9 hours of research and thesis for MS
  • 60 credit hours of research and dissertation for PhD
  • 2 credit of seminar that will count for both MS and PhD
MS, Non-Thesis and PhD - 92 credit hours
  • 30 credit hours of coursework for MS (all transfer to PhD)
  • 60 credit hours of research and dissertation for PhD
  • 2 credit of seminar that will count for both MS and PhD
The ECE Graduate Student Policy Manual gives detailed information pertaining to degree requirements.

Computer Engineering Facilities Introduction

Well-equipped research facilities, labs, and centers are available within the different research areas. For more information, click here.
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