Requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Computer Engineering

1. Total number of hours (64 beyond the MS or 96 beyond the BS)

    •     A minimum of 42 classroom hours beyond the BS Degree (Excludes 681, 684, 685, & 691); a maximum of 24 of these hours can be from previous graduate work.

2. Max undergraduate hours (8 hours / 2 courses 400 only)

3. Three hours of seminar (ECEN/CSCE 681) is required.

    • At most 3 hours of ECEN 684

4. Composition of committee (at least 4)

    •     At least 2 within Computer Engineering Group from ECEN
    •     At least 1 not in the student's department
    •     At least 1 not in CE Group, but in ECEN department

5. All PhD students are required to pass the Departmental Qualifying Examination

    • Incoming PHD students are required to take the exam within one year of starting the program.
    • Students entering the program with a previous degree outside of Electrical or Computer Engineering are allowed, with the approval of their advisor, an extra year and will be required to take the exam by the end of the second year.
    • Those students that fail the examination are given a second opportunity to retake the exam which must be taken at the next opportunity in which the exam is offered.
    • Those that fail the examination twice will be removed from the PHD program.
    • More details of the Qualifying Exam are given in the graduate student's handbook.

6. All PhD students are required to pass a preliminary examination.

    • PhD students are required to schedule their prelim exam by the end of their 4th semester (excluding summers) or 6th semester for direct PhDs. Students who have not scheduled their prelim by the appointed time will be blocked from further registration until they do so.
    • The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) must be officially notified of the exam schedule at least 2 weeks prior to the exam. This should be done through the graduate office.
    • Student must download the checklist and signature page from the OGS web site. The checklist must be signed by your advisor and Graduate Coordinator prior to the exam.
    • The prelim exam consists of a written and an oral examination.
    • For students who have passed the departmental Qualifying Exam, the written portion of the prelim exam can be waived subject to the approval of the student's supervisory committee.
    • Students who fail the prelim exam will have one opportunity to retake the exam within 6 months of the original exam date.

7. Final defense of dissertation is required for all PhD students.

    • A dissertation proposal must be approved by the supervisory committee and submitted to the Graduate Office prior to the defense. Typically this proposal is submitted in conjunction with the preliminary exam, but it can be submitted afterwards.
    • Date and location of the final defense must be scheduled through the Graduate Office so that official notification can be provided to OGS.
    • Dissertation must be submitted to committee members at least two weeks before defense.

8. Additional course requirements are listed below.

    • STAT 651 and STAT 652 (statistics courses) are for non-science majors and are not allowed. Traditionally no courses will be admitted from Engineering Technology because of the non-calculus based curriculum and no approved graduate program.
    • Credit for CSCE 614 may not be allowed in addition to ECEN 651. Please check with your advisor.
    • Credit for CSCE 619 and CSCE 612 may not be allowed in addition to ECEN 602. Please check with your advisor.
    • No credit will be given for CSCE 601 & 602.
    • No credit will be given for the following foundation courses ECEN 214, ECEN 248, ECEN 314, ECEN 325, ECEN 350, CSCE 321, CSCE 211 and CSCE 311.