Degree Requirements

Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (students with master's degree)

Graduate course work12
700-level course work12
ECE 790Doctrl Dissrtn & Research 136
ECE 791Graduate Seminar0
Total Credits60

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (students with baccalaureate degree)

Graduate-level course work 139
700-level course work 112
ECE 790Doctrl Dissrtn & Research 236
ECE 791Graduate Seminar 30
Total Credits87

Dissertations should demonstrate original research that contributes to the knowledge in the field and should result in the submission of at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Students must provide the department with a written proposal showing that facilities are available and that there is a faculty member willing to supervise dissertation work.


Degree-seeking students must spend at least one academic year in full-time residence.

Qualifying Examination

Contains material related to the student's intended area of specialization. See department for more details.

Dissertation Defense

An oral defense of the dissertation is required after submission of the final document to the department for approval.

Pre-Doctoral Research

With department approval, well-qualified students may register for up to a maximum of 9 credits of ECE 792 Pre-Doctoral Research before passing the qualifying examination. A maximum of 6 credits of ECE 792 Pre-Doctoral Research may be applied toward ECE 790 Doctrl Dissrtn & Research. For further information, see Academic Policies and Procedures in this catalog and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department website.