Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering


The PhD in electrical engineering program prepares individuals to perform original, leading-edge research in the broad areas of communications and signal processing; mixed-signal IC design; digital systems; power electronics; microelectronics and nanoelectronics; optics; optoelectronics; light-wave devices and systems; RF and microwave systems; biomedical applications of electrical engineering; VLSI design; power electronics; renewable energy; vehicular technology, control theory, robotics and wireless communications. Because of our strong collaborative programs with Dallas-area high-technology companies, special emphasis is placed on preparation for research and development positions in these high-technology industries.

Interdisciplinary graduate degrees are offered in both telecommunications engineering and computer engineering.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Electrical Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Electrical Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's degree in electrical engineering or a closely associated discipline from an accredited U.S. institution or from an acceptable foreign university

GPA: Minimum in graduate-level course work of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes

GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable. 

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Marco Tacca (EE Graduate Advisor)
Office: ECSN 3.522  
Randall E. Lehmann
EE Graduate Advisor
Office: ECSN 4.616  
P. K. Rajasekaran
EE Graduate Advisor
Office: ECSN 4.922   

Patricia Williams
Graduate Program Information
Office: ECSN 3.324

Possible Careers

Professor, research and development engineer, consulting engineer in the public, and private sector

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.