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Ph.D. Guidelines

A. Graduate Handbook

All students are expected to be familiar with the latest version of the graduate handbook. It covers general requirements, the supervisory committee for the program of study, course requirements, probation and dismissal, residence requirements, thesis and reports, and final examination. Requirements specified in the handbook supersede department requirements. An electronic copy of the Graduate Handbook is available on the Graduate School's website.

B. Graduate Seminar

All on-campus graduate students are required to attend the departmental graduate seminar and will be required to give a seminar presentation on their research. Enrollment in the zero credit hour seminar course, ECE 896, is required each semester.

C. Graduate Committee/Program of Study

Before the end of the second semester of graduate study, the student will choose a major adviser, and then in conjunction with the major adviser, select a graduate committee and develop a tentative plan of study for a graduate program in the ECE department. The program of study (pdf) must be completed and forwarded to the Graduate School by the end of the second semester of enrollment.

D. Requirements

A total of 90 graduate credit hours of work are required beyond the bachelor’s degree. Up to 30 credit hours from a master’s program can be applied towards the doctoral degree.

The doctoral Program of Study normally requires the following:

  • A minimum of 30 hours of doctoral research credit
  • A minimum of 15 hours graded coursework at the 800 level or above
  • No 500-level courses in electrical and computer engineering may be taken for credit.

For coursework beyond the master's degree, no more than six credit hours of 500-level courses outside ECE are permitted. For students who bypass the master's degree, no more than 12 credit hours of 500 level courses outside ECE are permitted.

  • Transfer credits are allowed within the conditions specified by the Graduate Handbook.

E. Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination must be completed at least seven months before the final oral examination. Once the supervisory committee and the student decide when the examination is to be taken, the student should notify the Graduate School one month before the scheduled date with a completed Preliminary Examination form (pdf).

F. Final Examination

The request for final examination (pdf) must be filed in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate Handbook.

G. Poster

A poster that meets department guidelines will also be required.