Ph.D. in Engineering
Doctoral studies in the EECS department leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering. The Ph.D. degree is offered in two concentrations:
- Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration in Electrical Engineering (EE) and
- Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE).
Students majoring in EE may choose from the following focus groups:
- Communications, Control, and Signal Processing (CCSP),
- Power Electronics and Energy Systems (PEES), or
- Solid State and RF Devices and Systems (SRDS).
Students majoring in Computer Science and Engineering may select either:
- High Performance Computing Systems (HPCS) or
- Software and Intelligent Systems (SIS) focus group.
Ph.D. students must complete a total of at least 90 hours of graduate credit (including 45 credit hours of dissertation) beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 60 credit hours beyond the M.S. degree. Doctoral candidacy requires selection of an academic advisor, formation of a dissertation committee, and satisfactory performance on the doctoral qualifying examination. Candidates are awarded the Ph.D. degree following:
- satisfactory completion of the requisite credit hours beyond the M.S. / B.S. degree (the M.S. or B.S. degree must be in a closely related field); and
- successful defense of a dissertation that constitutes a fundamental advancement of knowledge in the field.
The Ph.D. usually takes a minimum of three full years of graduate work beyond the M.S. degree.
The general requirements for the Ph.D. degree are:
- A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the M.S. degree or a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree. Out of these credit hours, a minimum of 45 credit hours should be devoted to research toward the student's dissertation.
- No more than three credit hours of independent study for students with an M.S. degree and no more than 15 credit hours of independent study for students with a B.S. degree may be counted toward the Ph.D. course requirement.
- The student must pursue, complete and publish a research manuscript that is demonstrated to be an original contribution to the field of study.
- The dissertation must be written and successfully defended publicly before the Ph.D. degree is conferred.
- Students must submit a minimum of two journal papers based on the dissertation research. Copies of the accepted/published papers, or official letters of acknowledgments for the submitted papers should be given to the graduate director. Also, every student is required to attend the seminar class in EECS and maintain at least an 80 percent attendance-rate.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
The intent of the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is to assess the student's potential for successfully completing doctoral level studies and research in the department. The students are tested in five areas: three based on the core courses of the focus group; and two areas based on the recommended list in the student's focus group chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. These courses are enumerated solely for the purpose of defining the scope and coverage of the exam. The examination will be given in two written parts. Further details pertaining to the qualifying exam can be found in the EECS Graduate Handbook.
It is the responsibility of the student and the faculty advisor to formulate a program of study that satisfies the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. The student’s program of study should contain both breadth of knowledge and depth of specialization in one of the focus areas outlined earlier. The program must be approved by the faculty advisor, the Advisory Committee, the Graduate Program Director, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies of the College of Engineering, and the College of Graduate Studies.