Updated 11/16/21

Signal Processing and Communications (SPC) is the foundation of today’s information society. Villanova offers introductory and advanced instruction in statistical signal processing, communication systems, DSP, wireless communications, 5G wireless sensor networks, radar systems, and detection and estimation. Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in:

  • Wireless and Cellular Communications
  • Acoustic Signal and Array Processing
  • Waveform Design
  • Co-existence and Dual Function Systems
  • Signal Processing for Healthcare and Biomedical Systems
  • GPS Technologies
  • Satellite Communications
  • Radar Imaging and SAR
  • Compressive and Sparse Sensing
  • Reconfigurable Systems and Arrays
  • Ultrasound Signal Processing for Structural Health Monitoring
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Communications
  • Physical Layer Security
  • Multi-user and Massive MIMO
  • Millimeter Wave Communication
  • Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access

The SPC concentration is supported by the Center for Advanced Communication, a world-class research facility that has been on the forefront of numerous innovations such as through wall radar imaging and novel uses of radar in health care. The center operates five research laboratories: Antennas, Wireless Communications, Radar Imaging, RFID and Acoustics and Ultrasound.

Degree Requirements

Ten courses (30 credits) are required to complete a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Signal Processing and Communications (SPC). The following core courses are required:

Core Courses:


Area courses include three of the following:


Math Courses (1)

Up to 3 additional courses should be selected to complement those above and to support your professional interests.

Degree plans
 must be submitted before registering for your first semester. Students in the five-year BS/MS program must submit their plans before registering for fall semester of their senior year.

Academic Advisor

Students with a concentration in Signal Processing and Communications must work with an academic or research advisor to prepare and submit an approved degree plan. The academic advisor must be one of the full-time faculty members listed below. Dr. Bijan Mobasseri is the default academic advisor for this concentration. The academic advisor for students who are on sponsored projects is the research advisor.


Related Research Facilities

Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies


Shalini Sunkara, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“Villanova offers a strong research-oriented graduate school program. It has extremely qualified faculty willing to help students excel in their areas of interest.”

Shalini Sunkara, Senior Project Electrical Engineer, Lutron Electronics

Mark Schaff, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Electrical Engineering program.

“The professors in Electrical Engineering are very easy to work with and the program itself is tailorable. I appreciated how I was able to select classes that matched my professional interests.”

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