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Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

The Doctoral Program in Electrical Engineering has two paths leading to a Ph.D.:

  • Direct-to-Ph.D.: Students entering the doctoral program with a B.S. degree take 42 credits of coursework in support of their research work.
  • M.S.-to-Ph.D.: Students entering the doctoral program with an M.S. degree in a relevant discipline take 24 credits of coursework (18 if from an accredited M.S. program in the U.S.) in support of their research work.

Stages in the doctoral program include:

  1. Identify a research advisor and establish a research direction and course plan.
  2. Take the doctoral qualifying exam.
  3. Identify a dissertation committee, then develop and present an oral dissertation proposal.
  4. Carry out the necessary research work, write a dissertation document detailing this work and successfully defend the dissertation.

Comprehensive information about the Ph.D. program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Handbook

To learn more about the many research opportunities available in ECE, visit ECE Research or read about the backgrounds of our world-class faculty.

Research and teaching assistantships are available – just indicate your interest on your application form and you will be considered. Read detailed information about application requirements and deadlines for the PhD program in Electrical Engineering.

To apply, fill out an application online at The Graduate School’s page.

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