The KAUST program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) combines collaborative inquiry with state-of-the-art experimental labs, advanced nanofabrication and characterization labs and, supercomputing and visualization facilities to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for researchers and graduate students alike.

As an independent and merit-based institution, and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST intends to become a significant new contributor to the global network of collaborative research.  In line with this mission, the ECE program emphasizes research in science and technology applications to solve problems that impact social advancement, economic development and the quality of everyday life worldwide.

Electrical and Computer Engineering plays an essential role in the fields of engineering, applied physics, and computational sciences. A significant portion of advancement in technology originates from innovative research performed in the field of ECE with spill-over effects in the domain of energy conservation, Internet of Everything (IoT), telecommunications and robotics.

The ECE program offers two degree programs: the M.S. degree (with or without a final thesis) and the Ph.D. degree (admission to one degree program does not guarantee transfer to another).

The program name was changed from Electrical Engineering (EE) to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) on August 26, 2020.

Both degrees offer the opportunity to specialize in one of two distinct tracks.


The Electro-Physics track encompasses technical areas of solid-state electronics, microsystems, electromagnetics photonics.


The Systems track focuses on communications, signal processing, and control.

The interdisciplinary research carried out in the individual STAT Faculty Research Groups is complemented by the KAUST Core Lab facilities, the Research Centers affiliated to CEMSE and spans across the University and into international collaborations with industry and research institutions.