Electrical Engineering (PhD)

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Program Description
Degree Awarded: PHD  Electrical Engineering

The PhD in electrical engineering is awarded upon evidence of excellence in research leading to a scholarly dissertation that is a contribution to knowledge. Graduate courses and programs are offered in the following six areas of specialization:

  • control systems
  • electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits
  • electronic and mixed-signal circuit design
  • electric power and energy systems
  • signal processing and communications systems
  • solid-state electronics

At a Glance
Degree Requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

Doctoral students are required to complete 84 credit hours of academic credit beyond the bachelor's degree. The following summarizes the degree course requirements:

master's degree: 30 hours from any accredited institution
500-level or above: 18 hours, at least nine hours of EEE courses
research class or omnibus course hours: 12 hours, can be 400-level and above
EEE 792 Research (12)
EEE 799 Dissertation (12)

The 84 hours include 30 credit hours for the master's degree, a required 18 credit hours of doctoral course work, 12 hours of research (EEE 792), and 12 hours (and only 12 hours) of dissertation (EEE 799).

The additional 12 hours can be more hours of research (EEE 792) or can be class work as determined by the supervisory committee. At least half (nine hours) of the minimum requirement of 18 credit hours of doctoral course work must be in electrical engineering. EEE 790 Reading and Conference can be used for no more than three credit hours toward the required 18 but does not count toward the nine hours of 500-level EEE classes required.

All courses counting toward the required 18-hour minimum must be at the 500 level or higher. Note all courses having the prefix EEE 591 count as 400-level courses. No more than one three-hour reading and conference (EEE 790) course can be taken as part of the 18-hour requirement. The content of any proposed reading and conference course must be reviewed and approved by the electrical engineering graduate program chair before a student registers for the course.

A qualifying examination, a comprehensive exam and the dissertation defense are required. Additional information on the program can be found in the "Blue Student Guide" published and available on the program's website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit an online graduate admission application.

In general, a student must have a least a 3.00 GPA (out of 4.00) in all undergraduate course work and at least a 3.50 GPA in all graduate course work for admission to the doctoral program. A student must usually hold a master's degree before being admitted to the doctoral program. Direct doctoral admission is available for students graduating from an ABET-accredited electrical engineering program with a GPA of 3.60 or higher. A student whose master's degree is not from a U.S. institution must score 156 or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE General Test. A good score on the writing portion is considered desirable.

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 50 on the ASU administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK).

A student whose undergraduate degree is not in electrical engineering may need to take appropriate undergraduate courses to establish a baseline of knowledge in the discipline.

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Division of Graduate Education and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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