PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Admission into the PhD EECS program requires the following:

  1. A completed bachelor's or master’s degree, with a grade point average of at least 3.250 in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field.
  2. Official GRE General (Aptitude) test scores.
  3. Evidence of ability to carry out independent research and present it in written English is highly desirable.
  4. Two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are encouraged.

Each applicant is evaluated individually.

In addition, applicants with a bachelor's degree will only be admitted if an EECS faculty member judges them as exceptional, and is willing to be their PhD advisor from the beginning of the program.

Program Requirements

The PhD EECS program requires 84 credit hours of postbachelor's courses. These include 30 credit hours of PhD dissertation for students admitted directly after a bachelor's, or 24 credit hours of PhD dissertation for students admitted after a completed master's. The remaining credit hours must contain the following:

Transfer Work
Students may transfer, toward the required 84 credit hours, up to 36 credit hours of courses taken previously as a graduate student at a regionally-accredited institution (or equivalent international institution). 1
Coursework
The postbachelor's nondissertation coursework of all PhD students must contain the following:
At least 15 credit hours of courses in the student’s chosen major area of specialization. Currently available major areas are: 215
algorithms and software systems
communication and signal processing
computer networking
computer systems and architecture
control systems
energy and power systems
At least 6 credit hours of courses in the student’s chosen minor area of specialization 2, 36
At least 6 credit hours of courses in mathematics or statistics 26
Dissertation
EE 976PhD Dissertation (30 credit hours for students admitted directly after a bachelor's, or 24 credit hours for students admitted after a completed master's)24-30
Examinations 4
PhD students must also pass
comprehensive examinations in their major and minor areas
the dissertation approval examination
the final dissertation examination
1

 Such transferred courses must be traditional courses that are not thesis, project or dissertation.

2

 Courses in each of these three coursework categories must be distinct.

3

 A minor area may or may not be from any of the above major areas.

4

 Details of these exams are at the beginning of the College of Engineering section of the Graduate Catalog.

At least 60 percent of all credit hours, including dissertation, taken as a PhD student must be at the 800-level or above.