The objective of the PhD in ECE or MSE degree programs are to provide an educational environment that encourages students to develop the ability to contribute to the advancement of science, engineering and technology, through independent research. The PhD students of the 21st century may pursue academic, research, entrepreneurial, and/or industrial careers. We offer opportunities to develop individualized plans of study based on the students’ previous experience and desired research areas. The plan of study allows students to work on interdisciplinary research, while also satisfying the PhD in ECE or MSE degree requirements.
The PhD in ECE is appealing to students because it offers the much needed specialization component and the ‘degree identity’ required to be competitive in the job market. Graduates from this program will be well equipped to follow academic careers, or be hired in federal laboratories, industry and the private sector.
Total Credit Hours
- Demonstrating that the student is qualified to begin PhD studies
- Demonstrating that the student may identify and formulate a research problem
- Demonstrating that the student can defend her/his thesis
- These three milestones are referred to as the “PhD Qualifying Exam”, the “Comprehensive Exam” (also known as the “PhD Proposal”), and the “Thesis Defense”.
|Quarter Hours (QH)||90|
|Full-time / Part-||FT/PT|
|Tests Required – Minimum Score||TOEFL 80/570
GRE – Varies
Receive financial assistance while you pursue a master's or doctoral degree by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) position.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
- GTAs are awarded by the Department.
- GTA applications are sent out with acceptance letters.
- Submit the GTA application as soon as possible to be considered for a GTA position in the following academic year.
- Specific information about application requirements can be found on our Graduate main page under "Financial Support."
- International GTA applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a minimum of 26 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section, an IELTS score of 8 on the speaking section, or a minimum of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The speaking section of the iBT has replaced the TSE exam in most countries.
- International students should expect to be self-financed for at least their first year of attendance. GTA positions are not normally granted to first-year international graduate students. However, over 75% of our graduate students receive financial support.
Graduate Research Assistantships
- GRAs are awarded by individual faculty based on their available funding.
- To find out more about our individual faculty members and their research areas please visit the Ritchie School Active Grants list.
- Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with, directly, either by phone or by email.
- Students must show the faculty a competency in research and an interest in a particular research area in order to be considered for assistantships.