Doctor of Philosophy in Telecommunications Engineering


Training is provided for both academically oriented students and students with professional goals in many business, industrial or governmental occupations requiring advanced knowledge of telecommunications, network theory and technology. A comprehensive program of evening courses is offered enabling part-time students to obtain their master’s or PhD degree or to select individual courses of interest. Courses and research are offered in a variety of subfields of telecommunication engineering. They include fault-tolerant computing, parallel processing, digital signal processing, digital communications, modulation and coding, electromagnetic-wave propagation, fiber and integrated optics, lasers, wireless communications, mobile IP, wireless multimedia, DWDM networks, QoS assurance protocols, network design and optimization, telecommunications software, performance of systems, ad-hoc and PCS wireless networks, network security and high-speed protocols.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Telecommunications Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Telecommunications Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: A master's degree in telecommunications engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or a closely associated discipline from an accredited U.S. institution or from an acceptable foreign university is preferred

GPA: Minimum of 3.5 in graduate-level course work 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 (TE Graduate Advisor)
Office: ECSN 3.522

Patricia Williams 
Graduate Program Information 
Office: ECSN 3.324

Possible Careers

Professor, R&D researcher, 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.