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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-tech companies, significant emphasis is placed on preparation for research and development positions in these specialized 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 electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Marco Tacca (EE Graduate Advisor)
Office - ECSN 3.522
Randall E. Lehmann
EE Graduate Advisor
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P. K. Rajasekaran
EE Graduate Advisor
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Patricia Williams
Graduate Program Information
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Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor, Research and Development Engineer and 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.