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Graduate Program
Caltech has a reputation as a world-class research university, and it is no exaggeration to say that much of this reputation is based on the quality of its graduate students. The Electrical Engineering option (department) at Caltech is no exception: its bright and motivated graduate students collaborate with its professors in their research efforts and make it one of the top Electrical Engineering departments in the country.

Completed applications are due in the Graduate Studies Office no later than December 15, for entrance the following September. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Applications will not be reviewed until all credentials and official copies of test scores have been received. It is strongly recommended that applicants take the GRE in October of the preceding year, which leaves enough time for Caltech to receive the scores by January.

Please visit the Caltech Graduate Studies website for downloadable forms, important dates, and further information about the admissions process.

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Graduate Studies (M.S. Degree)

Aims and Objectives:
Normally, the master's degree in electrical engineering is completed in one academic year. The principal criteria for evaluating applicants for the MSEE are the excellence of their preparation for the math- and physics-oriented nature of Caltech's graduate courses, and the judgment of the Admissions Committee on their ability to successfully pursue and benefit from the course program. The Institute does not normally admit an applicant to the master's degree in a field in which the applicant already has a master's degree from another U.S. institution. Financial aid is seldom offered to those who intend to complete their graduate work with a master's degree. A joint B.S./M.S. degree is not available in electrical engineering.

Graduate Studies (Engineer degree)

Aims and Objectives:
The engineer's degree may be awarded in exceptional cases. The awarding of this degree requires fulfilling the Institute requirements for an engineer's degree and receiving a recommendation for its awarding from the candidacy oral examination committee.

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Graduate Studies (Ph.D. Degree)

Aims and Objectives:
The Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering trains students for a life of research, teaching, and scholarly and technical leadership in academia, industry, and government. Its primary objective is to educate students who can solve the technical challenges of the future with reliance on their depth and breadth in fundamental and applied engineering and scientific principles. Electrical engineering at Caltech emphasizes both electronics and systems. Closely allied with computation and neural systems, applied physics, bioengineering, computer science, and control and dynamical systems, it offers students the opportunity for study and research, both theoretical and experimental, in a wide variety of subjects, including wireless systems, quantum electronics, modern optics, bio-photonics, MEMS/NEMS, solid-state materials and devices, power electronics, energy systems, control theory, nano-scale systems, signal processing, data compression, and communications. The program also strives to develop in each student, self-reliance, creativity, teamwork ability, professional ethics, communication skills, and an appreciation of the importance of contemporary issues and lifelong intellectual growth.

During the Ph.D. applicant's master's degree year, evaluation continues. It is based in part on performance in courses and in part on a one-hour oral presentation scheduled early in the second quarter. As the year progresses, the electrical engineering faculty get to know the student, and the student makes contact with the professor in his or her area of research interest. Upon acceptance into a research group, the student begins research work and defers receiving the master's degree until formal admission into the Ph.D. program. Before the end of his or her second academic year of graduate study, the student normally takes the Ph.D. qualifying oral examination. This must, however, be done no later than the end of the third academic year.

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