The course requirements are outlined on the following page: Program Info
Students admitted on a provisional basis are often required to take remedial courses (these are specified in the letter of acceptance). Registration for such remedial courses must commence with the first semester of a student's program with at least three credits completed per semester until all remedial requirements are satisfied.
Action Checklist and Typical Timeline
Once accepted the student must:
Final semester timeline:
Note: All deadlines are given in the Schedule of Deadlines for Graduate Degree Candidates published annually by the UCCS Graduate School http://www.uccs.edu/graduateschool/current-students/graduating-this-semester.html#Deadlines
Duration of Program
The completion of the Ph.D. degree should be accomplished in seven years commencing with the beginning of course work. An extension to this time limit will be considered if requested. A student becomes "inactive" by petition or if he or she fails to register for three consecutive semesters. An inactive student must reapply to the program in order to continue studies. An application fee will be charged only if one or more of the following apply:
Advisor and Plan of Study
The student should choose an academic advisor and complete a Plan Of Study (POS), with input from the student's advisor, by the end of the second semester of residence in the Ph.D. program.
The academic advisor must be Graduate Faculty of the UCCS Graduate School, but need not be a member of the ECE faculty if approval has been obtained from the ECE Graduate Program Director.
The PhD degree is awarded to students who have satisfied the requirements of duration of program, who have submitted an acceptable dissertation, and who have passed all prescribed examinations.
Requirements for students entering with a master's degree:
Requirements for students entering without a master's degree:
Must complete 36 semester hours of course work - at least 24 semester hours must be ECE courses. At most 12 semester hours may be independent study courses. All 48 semester hours must be numbered 5000 and above if ECE, or 500 and above if non-ECE In all cases: Cross-listed courses which are offered at the 500(0)/600(0) levels must be taken at the 600(0) level.
Requirements for all students:
Complete 30 semester hours of dissertation research in addition to course work
Have an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate
Have a grade of B- or better in all courses applied toward the PhD degree
Pass the Preliminary Examination, the Comprehensive Examination, and the final Defense of Dissertation
No foreign language is required.
Two requirements must be met after entering the Ph.D. program and before attempting the comprehensive examination. The first requirement is that the student passes the preliminary examination, and the second requirement is that the student demonstrates excellence in coursework. These are explained below:
The student's Ph.D. Advisory Committee consists of at least five persons, with the following stipulations:
The comprehensive examination is a presentation of the student?s chosen research area with a supporting literature search and tentative avenues of approach. The student's Advisory Committee conducts the comprehensive examination. This can be taken only after all coursework requirements are completed or in the last semester of course work if three or fewer credits remain. No more than ten hours of dissertation credit (ECE 8000) may be completed and counted toward the degree requirements before the student passes the comprehensive exam (Dissertation credit-hours in progress the semester in which the student passes the comprehensive exam are not counted in this limit). Once the comprehensive examination is passed, the student is a candidate.
Two semesters must elapse between the time of the comprehensive examination and the graduation date for the student. The semester that the comprehensive examination is taken in, counts toward this requirement.
The dissertation is a written, polished document reporting the results of the student's investigation into an original area of research. A minimum of 30 semester hours of dissertation credit (ECE 8000) must be taken in conjunction with completion of this requirement. No more than ten dissertation credit hours may be registered for in any one semester.
All Ph.D. dissertations must be written according to a departmentally approved format. A bound archive copy of the Ph.D. dissertation will be presented to the department and the library is to receive its one unbound copy of the work.
Final Oral Defense of the Dissertation
The final oral defense of the dissertation is taken at the completion of the work on the dissertation after the first and second readers have approved its contents. This examination is open to anyone who wishes to attend. A successful candidate must receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Advisory Committee. In case of failure, the examination may be attempted once more after a period of time determined by the committee.
Submission of Dissertation
ECE Faculty with Research Interests
Dr. Carlos Araujo, Professor, Microelectronics
Dr. Willie Harrison, Asst. Professor, Physical-Layer Security Coding, Communications, Signal Processing.
Dr. Ts Kalkur, Professor, Microelectronics, VLSI, Circuit Design
Dr. Darshika G. Perera, Asst. Professor, Embedded Systems, Reconfigurable Computing, Digital Systems.
Dr. Gregory Plett, Professor, Signal Processing and Controls
Dr. Heather Song, Assoc. Professor, Electromagnetics, RF Microwave
Dr. Scott Trimboli, Asst. Professor, System Modeling and Control
Dr. Charlie Wang, Professor, Computer Engineering
Dr. Mark Wickert, Professor, Communications Signal Processing