Applicants are expected to have a broad background in engineering, mathematics, physics and computer science as well as a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering or a related field. Students who lack an appropriate background will be required to take additional courses that cannot be applied as degree credit. Applicants are expected to have earned a GPA of at least 3.5 in previous graduate work.
Superior undergraduate students may apply to be admitted directly into the PhD. program. Such an accelerated program requires a minimum entrance GPA of 3.5, plus an interview with the ECE department Graduate Affairs Committee.
International students must demonstrate English language proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score for doctoral applicants is 550.
Required for all applicants.
A program of study is determined in consultation with a department advisor. The student is required to pass a qualifying examination. Not less than 24 credits of course work beyond the master's level are required, of which not less than 12 credits must be at the 700 level. Thirty-six credits of doctoral dissertation research and an oral defense of the dissertation are required. The student must register for 1/2 credit of ECE 791 Graduate Seminar each semester. At least one year of full-time residence is required.