PhD Program


The ECE department offers the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, which provides advanced knowledge and research experience in a chosen area of electrical and computer engineering. To earn a Ph.D. degree, students must successfully complete a doctoral dissertation that demonstrates aptitude to perform independent research, and complete a specified number of graduate level coursework in the department. Successful doctoral candidates learn how to acquire advanced knowledge from published research articles, identify research problems, formulate plausible approaches to solve them, analyze and evaluate proposed solutions, and present technical material orally and in writing. Normally a student would be expected to have at least one archival publication on research performed for the dissertation.

Students have the flexibility of selecting his/her advisor. The faculty contact assigned at the time of admission serves as the advisor for the first two semesters or until a permanent advisor is formally selected by the student at the time of submitting the Plan of study.

Details of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree are available in the Ph.D. degree requirements page. It is the student's responsibility to understand and follow the above requirements. The student should consult his or her advisor and/or the advisory committee to develop a Plan of Study for meeting the Ph.D. program requirements of course work and examinations. The student should update the Plan of Study on file in case of deviations. The ultimate goal is to acquire breadth and depth of knowledge in the chosen field of study and develop a research plan in consultation with the advisor and/or the committee, leading to a doctoral dissertation.

For assistance, contact:

Ms. Stephanie LaClair, Graduate and Research Support Specialist (

Dr. Aba Ebong, Graduate Program Director (