OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ph.D.
Programs leading to the Master of Science degree in computer science, Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering and computer science are available. Major areas of study include avionics, computers, artificial intelligence, applied and theoretical computer science, communications, controls, solidstate electronics, energy conversion, power electronics, power systems, electromagnetics, signal processing, manufacturing, VLSI design, computer vision, robotics, electronic circuits, and opto-electronics.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all applicants. However, if you have a B.S. in electrical engineering from an accredited (ABET) electrical engineering program, or a B.S. in computer science from an accredited (CSAB) computer science program, an exemption may be requested from this requirement. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for non-native speakers of English.
To be considered for entrance into the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, an applicant must have a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field of engineering or the physical sciences.
Typically, Ph.D. students complete two to three academic quarters of formal coursework in their chosen area of specialization and either mathematics or physics. This is follow ed by a three-part comprehensive exam that includes a written part, an oral part, and a defense of the dissertation research proposal. A dissertation must be submitted and defended that is the equivalent of two years of full-time independent research.
The average duration of the Ph.D. program is four years. Ohio University regulations require that candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree be in residence for a minimum of three academic quarters. Recipients of the Doctor of Philosophy degree are prepared for research careers in the private, public, and academic sectors.
To be considered for entrance into the Master of Science in electrical engineering degree program, an applicant must have a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely related field. To be considered for entrance into the Master of Science computer science degree program, an applicant must have a B.S. degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. Deficiencies must be made up by self-study or by auditing (or taking without graduate credit) appropriate undergraduate courses.
The typical Master of Science degree program consists of one year of formal coursework followed by thesis research, preparation of the thesis, and a combined oral examination and thesis defense. Details of the individual masters programs are available on the school’s Web site.
Students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall quarter; however, students are accepted in other quarters.
All financial aid is awarded competitively based on standardized test scores and academic performance. In some cases, supplemental aid is available for highly qualified U.S. citizens.
Financial aid consists of Recruitment stipend/scholarships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and Stocker research assistantships. Teaching and research assistants are required to work in the school approximately 20 hours a week. Stocker research assistantships are awarded to students who show exceptional promise for research. As a consequence, students who receive these awards are required to perform research duties over the duration of the award. Teaching assistantships are awarded to students judged to be the most qualified for positions supporting the teaching activities within the school. Other research assistants support various sponsored research projects within the school; as a consequence, an individual faculty member responsible for a particular research project makes his or her own selections for these positions.
For more information regarding financial aid, including current stipends and the number of awards made annually, visit the school’s Web site.