Admission Steps

Electrical Engineering - MS

Admission Requirements

Terms and Deadlines

For the 2018-2019 academic year

Fall 2018 quarter (beginning in September)

  • Priority deadline: November 3, 2017

  • Final submission deadline: August 15, 2018

Winter 2019 quarter (beginning in January)

  • Priority deadline: June 1, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: November 3, 2018

Spring 2019 quarter (beginning in March)

  • Priority deadline: August 1, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: January 7, 2019

Summer 2019 quarter (beginning in June)

  • Priority deadline: October 1, 2018

  • Final submission deadline: April 1, 2019

Priority deadline: Applications will be considered after the Priority deadline provided space is available.

Final submission deadline: Applicants cannot submit applications after the final submission deadline.

Degree and GPA Requirements

Degrees and GPA Requirements

Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.

Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.

Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale



A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in computer engineering (BSCpE), electrical engineering (BSEE), or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission to the programs. Those students whose backgrounds differ significantly from EAC/ABET-accredited BS computer, electrical programs may be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses. Such courses are not considered part of the 45 quarter hour requirements for the degree. A competency examination may be required of candidates who do not possess a 3.0 GPA or a BS in electrical, electronic, or computer, from an EAC/ABET accredited program. Students with BS degrees in physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, electrical engineering technology, engineering physics, or similar BS degrees from a regionally accredited college or university may also be admitted. However, these students should be able to demonstrate competency in the following basic subjects by passing an appropriate competency examination: MSCpE: Circuits and Electronics, Digital Systems, Computer Organization, a high- or low-level computer language; MSEE: Digital Design Methods, Physical Electronics, Introductory Electromagnetics, Signals and Systems, Principles of Communications, Circuits and Electronics; MSE: Controls, Robotics, Signals and Systems, Circuits and Electronics, Digital Design Methods, Mechanics, Electromagnetics.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 570

  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5

  • Minimum CAE Score: 169

English Conditional Acceptance Offered: In cases where minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores were not achieved or no English proficiency test was taken, the Electrical Engineering program may offer English Conditional Admission (ECA) to academically qualified non-native English speakers.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Application Materials



We require a scanned copy of your transcripts from every college or university you have attended. Scanned copies must be clearly legible and sized to print on standard 8½-by-11-inch paper. Transcripts that do not show degrees awarded must also be accompanied by a scanned copy of the diploma or degree certificate. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than English, both the original documents and certified English translations are required.

Upon admission to the University of Denver, official transcripts will be required from each institution attended.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized Test Scores

Program Test Requirements: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.

University Standardized Test Policy

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.

Required Essays and Statements

Essays and Statements

Personal Statement Instructions

A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. Your statement should include information concerning your life, education, experiences, interests and reason for applying to DU.


Résumé Instructions

The résumé (or C.V.) should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work.

Start the Application

Online Application

Start Your Application

Your submitted materials will be reviewed once all materials and application fees have been received.

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Our program can only consider your application for admission if our Office of Graduate Studies has received all your online materials and supplemental materials by our application deadline.

Application Fee: $65.00 Application Fee

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information

Applicants should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.