Electrical and Computer Engineering Doctoral Programs

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The total number of credits required to complete the Ph.D. is 90 semester hours beyond the B.S. degree. This normally includes 30 credit hours for a doctoral dissertation. Students are allowed to transfer up to 44 credits (in accordance with the Graduate Bulletin) from a master's degree toward the 90 hours required. Specific requirements for the Ph.D. are set by each student's doctoral committee in conformance with the current rules of the Graduate College. A qualifying examination is required of all students.


The program requires a total of 90 hours:

  • 12 hours Area coursework in Electrical and Computer Engineering (at least 4 courses in one ECE area). The list of areas and courses maintained in the ECE grad office.
  • 6+ hours Dissertation Research ECE 6980


  • All courses must carry graduate credit and any G3000 level courses must be from an approved list.
  • Maximum 16 hours below 5000 level. No more than 12 hours below 5000 level may be ECE coursework.
  • Crosslisted courses must be taken with ECE prefix and Slashlisted courses must be taken at the graduate level.
  • Maximum 9 hours independent/special studies (5990)
  • Maximum 12 hours in each category: ECE 5973ECE 6973ECE 5283,

Prior to attempting the general examination, a student must complete at least 33 credit hours that includes 18 credit hours of ECE courses. These 33 credit hours may include transferred master’s degree credit and/or post-baccalaureate graduate credit. Successful completion of a General Examination, consisting of both written and oral parts, is required before preparation of the dissertation. The main intent of this exam is to evaluate the student's total preparation for conducting research and successfully completing the doctoral dissertation. Within the general requirements stipulated by the Graduate College, the specific format and requirements for the General Examination are determined by the student's doctoral committee in compliance with Graduate College's policy.

Students are required to pass the ECE Preliminary Exam. The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will ensure this requirement is met before defense of the dissertation.

Also, there is a Dissertation Pre-Defense Seminar requirement as well as additional publication requirements. Click here for detailed requirement information regarding the Doctoral Program - 2017.