Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

Below is a brief overview of the doctor of philosophy degree requirements within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For a full explanation of requirements, please visit the Graduate School’s Doctor of Philosophy requirements page.


  • A minimum of 60 credits of approved coursework and research (30 credits beyond a Master’s Degree) is required.
  • 1 credit of Advanced Responsible Conduct Research; UN5001 is required for all graduate students who entered the program after Spring 2013.
  • If you already have an MS:
  • If you do not have an MS:
  • You must earn a grade of BC or better in all EE courses; C or better for non EE courses. (BC/C grades may only be used up to six (6) credits.)
  • You must have your advisor's approval. See Recommended course sequences for various research options.
  • Audit - Use this audit worksheet to calculate if your credits meet the requirements for a PhD with a prior Master's Degree and also without a prior Master's Degree.


  • Pass the PhD qualifying exam
    • You must have an advisor before taking this exam.
    • Your first attempt must be made by the third semester.
    • Submit the Report on Qualifying Exam
  • Dissertation Research Proposal Defense:
    • This is an oral presentation of the dissertation proposal and an oral examination on the proposed research by the advisory committee.
    • The proposal defense must be passed within one year of passing the PhD qualifying exam
    • Submit the Report on Research Proposal Exam
  • Dissertation Defense:

Additional Requirements