Application Requirements

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of New Mexico welcomes applications from students who have earned distinguished academic records and have the potential for developing excellent research abilities.

Below are ECE’s application requirements to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The following items must be included in the online application:

  • Resume/CV 
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. 
  • Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent 
  • Official IELTS/TOEFL or Duolingo Results** (International Applicants only) 

* The GRE is no longer required for admission to ECE graduate programs 

** Official test results must be sent directly to the University of New Mexico. The TOEFL institution code for UNM is 4845; no department code needed. See test requirement chart below. Students from certain English-speaking countries are exempt from IELTS/TOEFL or Duolingo requirements. See the list of exempt countries here.

Application Deadlines for Regular ECE Programs

Accelerated Online Programs (AOPs), such as M.S. Computer Engineering-Internet of Things  and M.S. Electrical Engineering-Space Systems are not subject to these deadlines. AOP applications may be submitted any time prior to the start of the term a student is applying for.

Regular program applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. While all applications are considered for financial aid, those that submit their application by the “best consideration date” will have a greater chance of receiving support.

International applicants are automatically considered for the International Amigo Scholarship. Those selected are awarded a non-resident tuition waiver (valued at more than $11,000 per year). Amigo Scholarships are limited in number, so early applicants have a greater chance of receiving this scholarship.

  Best Consideration Date
(if requesting financial aid)


Fall January 31 March 31 July 15
Spring June 30 August 31 November 15

  M.S. Ph.D.
GPA  3.0 3.5
Graduate TOEFL
Internet-based 79
Paper-based 550
Graduate IELTS
 Required Score: 6.5
Graduate Duolingo
Required Score: 105