PhD In Electrical & Computer Engineering
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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.
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Total Credit Hours
90 credit hours.
Research requires an in-depth study of engineering problems with a broad knowledge base in science and engineering. Therefore, advanced courses are offered to strengthen the fundamentals and to broaden the engineering and science perspective. The minimum credit requirements are different for individuals entering a program with a closely related master’s degree and for those entering with a bachelor’s only. All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven years (eight years without a master’s degree) from admission to candidacy. A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course in order for that course to count toward the credit hour requirements. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required for graduation.
All PhD students who have been admitted to the PhD in ECE or PhD in MSE programs must successfully complete three milestones before the PhD degree can be conferred. These milestones refer to:
- 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”.
For the most up-to-date course descriptions please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.It is possible for graduate students to take courses outside of the ECE department with approval of their advisor.
We recommend PhD applicants contact faculty to find a research advisor BEFORE submitting the application. If we receive an application and there is no research advisor commitment, we will consider the applicant for the master’s program only. To view the admissions requirements, please go here and follow the instructions below:
- Choose Doctorate or Masters
- Select Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
- Select the appropriate degree program.
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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.
To learn more about GTA or GRA positions, please visit the Graduate Assistantships page.