Doctoral Program Overview
Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering
The Ph.D. program in Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) welcomes candidates with a strong background in science and engineering who are interested in pursuing an academic doctoral degree. The objective of this program is to help students develop skills needed to perform independent research and teaching in an exciting intellectual environment.
Our students work with world-class faculty advisors and mentors, and our research laboratories provide ample opportunities for students to work with other students and faculty to develop cutting-edge theories and technologies in collaboration with other departments and schools within the University.
The Ph.D. program is focused on the development of research skills to prepare the student for a life of scholarship in his/her field of interest. The heart of the course of study is the thesis research which culminates in the doctoral dissertation, a work of substantial original research which contributes to the body of knowledge available in a field. Additional coursework to continue the process of strengthening the command of the chosen discipline and to add to the inventory of mathematical skills is also required. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 20 course units including thesis research. Up to 8 courses may be transferred from prior graduate work; this is subject to the approval of the Graduate Chair. Prior graduate work is not a prerequisite to Ph.D. application.
Acceptance into the ESE Ph.D. is very competitive, as accepted students are also awarded fully funded scholarships and stipends. Successful completion of the Ph.D. program requires the completion of all course requirements, a qualifier examination, a teaching practicum, the formation of a provisional doctoral committee, a research proposal examination, and a thesis defense.