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Admitted Graduate Students

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Congratulations on your admission to the electrical and computer engineering department at UIC! Our department provides collaborative research opportunities and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in electrical and computer engineering education and research. We offer courses spanning many areas in electrical and computer engineering.

Our faculty has a broad range of expertise and many professional achievements. Nearly all of our full professors are IEEE fellows. Some have served as presidents or editors of various IEEE societies, and others have earned the prestigious CAREER and Young Investigator Awards from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.

The UIC Engineering Career Center offers various opportunities and services. If you want to gain practical work experience before graduation, you can apply for a co-op or internship. You can also take advantage of résumé workshops, mock interviews, and career fairs offered by the college.

ECE offers you an outstanding graduate program. We hope you will become a member of the ECE family.

The next step in your graduate career is to familiarize yourself with information that will help you become a successful new student in ECE. This page is designed to give incoming master’s and PhD students easy access to the resources you need to get started at UIC. If, after reading this page, you still have any questions about joining us at UIC, please contact our student affairs office at We are happy to help you and look forward to meeting you!

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New ECE graduate students have to attend a number of orientation events depending on their specific personal situations. The orientation sessions include:

All new ECE graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend this session. Degree requirements, department policies, student expectations, and other important topics are covered in this session. This orientation is held only once per year, prior to the start of the fall semester.

A confirmation of date and location will be sent by the ECE student affairs office to new students. Students who start in the spring semester must attend this orientation in the fall after they begin at UIC.

This orientation is conducted by UIC’s International Teaching Assistant Program and is mandatory for ALL new TAs. New international TAs will attend the OIS ‘New International Student Summit’ on the same day but will be dismissed in time to attend the TA orientation. Find more information here.

UIC’s Office of International Services (OIS) runs an orientation program that is mandatory for all new international students. There is an orientation fee for this program, which is charged to international students’ accounts. Visit the OIS website for information and schedules.

UIC’s Graduate College holds an orientation session for new graduate students from across UIC’s colleges each fall. There is no session in the spring term. Limited spaces are available for this orientation, which has no fee, and registration is required. The ECE department highly recommends that new graduate students choose to attend. Learn more on the Graduate College orientation page.