PhD in Engineering - EE: Program Information

Degree Requirements

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:

  • Complete 12 semester hours of course work
  • At least 6 semester hours must be ECE courses
  • At most 6 semester hours may be independent study courses
  • All 12 semester hours must be numbered 5000 and above.

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 36 semester hours must be numbered 5000 and above. Cross-listed courses which are offered at the 5000/6000 levels must be taken at the 6000 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.

For application information: How To Apply

For additional information, please contact the ECE Department.