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 Phd Admissions

Admissions - Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the literature of the discipline. Applicants for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Electrical Engineering Program Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude, as well as academic record. Applications for the doctoral program are considered on an individual basis.

Interdisciplinary graduate degrees are offered in both telecommunications engineering and computer engineering

Degree Program

The PhD in Electrical Engineering requires 75 semester credit hours minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree. For complete admission and degree requirements, view the Graduate Catalog.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's degree in electrical engineering or a closely associated discipline from an accredited U.S. institution or from an acceptable foreign university

GPA: Minimum in graduate-level course work of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes
GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable. 

Letters of recommendation: 3
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Doctoral level research opportunities include: VLSI design and test, analog and mixed-signal circuits and systems, RF and microwave engineering, power electronics, renewable energy, motors and drives, vehicular technology, computer architecture, embedded systems, computer aided design (CAD), ASIC design methodologies, high speed system-on chip design and test, reconfigurable computing, network processor design, interconnection networks, nonlinear signal-processing, smart antennas and array processing, statistical and adaptive signal processing, multimedia signal processing, image processing, real-time imaging, medical image analysis, pattern recognition, speech processing and recognition, control theory, robotics, digital communications, modulation and coding, electromagnetic-wave propagation, diffractive structures, fiber and integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, optical transmission systems, all-optical networks, optical investigation of material properties (reflectometry and ellipsometry), optical instrumentation, lasers, quantum-well optical devices, theory and experiments in semiconductor-heterostructure devices, plasma deposition and etching, nanoelectronics, wireless communication, network protocols and evaluation, mobile computing and networking, and optical networking.