Program Overview: Program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Research in the EE areas of avionics and navigation, communications and signal processing, controls, electromagnetics, opto- and nano-electronics, industrial controls, and analog and digital circuits, and in CS areas of computer networking, artificial intelligence, robotics, bioinformatics, visualization, and image processing. The program consists of required coursework, and a three-part comprehensive examination consisting of a written exam, oral exam, and Ph.D. dissertation proposal defense, followed by approximately 2 years of research, and successful defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.
Admissions Policy: Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science or a closely related field. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. For applicants whose native language is not English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are also required. Three letters of recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities. Applicants holding degrees from areas not in electrical engineering or computer science will be more carefully evaluated for admission, and may be required to take additional course work to compensate for deficiencies.
Change Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.
Transfer Policy: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Opportunities: Students with a Ph.D. degree in EECS are generally given more responsibility than those with Master’s degrees in industrial and government settings. Doctoral degree holders typically supervise teams and manage projects, and may also work in research and development, supervising other degreed engineers. The Doctoral degree is also required for most academic careers.