Overview of PhD Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This program is the only combined electrical and computer engineering doctoral program in Virginia, and prepares students for leadership roles in academia, industry, and government settings. It has a strong and growing reputation, as Ph.D. graduates from the department have become professors at other universities and researchers in various industrial and government research centers.

The scope of the program includes course requirements, a qualifying exam, a teaching requirement, a dissertation proposal, dissertation research, and a dissertation defense. Students may choose a research emphasis in such areas as communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, electronics, electromagnetics, and bioengineering.

Each Ph.D. student is advised by a faculty member in the department. ECE faculty are committed to the mentoring of Ph.D. students. Six senior faculty members are fellows of the IEEE and other technical societies, and many faculty have research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and other granting agencies and industrial sponsors.

The Ph.D. program is open to full-time and part-time students. Most full-time students are funded by research assistantships or teaching assistantships. Most part-time students are funded by their respective companies or research institutions.

A detailed description of the degree requirements for the Ph.D. program may be found in the  GMU catalog . More information on specific aspects of the Ph.D. program can be found in the following pages:

In addition to the Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the department and its faculty also participate in the school-wide Ph.D. program in Information Technology. More information on this program can be found  here .