Academic Programs and Admissions

What is electrical and computer engineering?

Despite the number of such departments around the country, very few prospective students know what electrical and computer engineers do. Electrical and computer engineering integrates many disciplines from electrical engineering and computer science under a common umbrella.

Wherever the electrons or computers are—that is where we are.

The field permeates all aspects of society and the work done by electrical and computer engineers has a deep and broad impact on our lives. In the video below, Jelena Kovačević, department head of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, explains this exciting field, and how it relates to a typical smartphone.

Graduate studies

There are two graduate degrees available in ECE, the Masters of Science and Ph.D. Included as part of these degree programs is the ability to complete your studies at various campuses throughout the world.

Undergraduate studies

The B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a broad and highly flexible degree program structured to provide students with the smallest set of constraints consistent with a rich and comprehensive view of the profession. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students are encouraged and stimulated to explore multiple areas of theory and application. Read more about our programs and objectives.

IDeATe: Technology, Design and Arts Study

Carnegie Mellon’s diverse and top-ranked departments in computing, engineering, design, and arts are uniquely positioned to serve students who have interdisciplinary interests bridging technology and creative practice. The IDeATe concentrations and minors connect students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences. As an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon, you will have the opportunity to integrate in your degree a concentration or minor in one of eight creative industry areas: Game Design, Animation & Special Effects, Media Design, Learning Media, Sound Design, Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries, Intelligent Environments, or Physical Computing. For more information, please visit the IDeATe website.

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