Computer Engineering—PhD

We like to say it hasn’t been done—yet. At Michigan Technological University, you can conceive, analyze, design, integrate, and evaluate the next generation of digital systems. Develop the hardware, software, and security infrastructure for the Internet of Things, the future of our connected world. Are you ready?

Program Overview

Our doctorate in computer engineering program research include numerical methods for VLSI CAD, advanced integrated circuit modeling, machine learning, computational intelligence, interconnect optimization, cyber-physical systems, smart homes, smart grids, parallel computing for convex optimization, underwater acoustic communication networks, autonomous vehicles, and many more. External funding for departmental research comes from both government and industry sources.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: PhD

Computer Engineering Program Details

Learn more about the computer engineering program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Computer Engineering is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Jin Choi

Graduate Assistant

Lynn McCormick


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your computer engineering PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Embedded Computing
  • Fault-Tolerance

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Students and faculty work together in search of practical answers to vexing technological questions. Work in the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), a university-wide research center, with researchers from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and many other academic units on campus.

Where You'll Work

Our department occupies over 50,000 square feet of space and maintains a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, including the Microfabrication Facility, the Paul and Susan Williams Center for Computer Systems Research, the Wireless Positioning Laboratory, the Energy Storage Laboratory, the Smart Grid Control Center, and spaces for research in power, photonics, microgrids, and robotics.

Faculty Spotlight

Timothy Havens

Timothy Havens
Director, Great Lakes Research Center and Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

"Explore the boundaries of software, hardware, and possibility."

We work at the intersection of electrical engineering and computer science, spanning software and hardware for microcontrollers and microprocessors, embedded systems programming, and robotics design.

Program Faculty