Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering


The graduate programs in computer science offer intensive preparation in design, programming, theory and applications. Training is provided for both academically oriented students and students with professional goals in the many business, industrial and governmental occupations requiring advanced knowledge of computer theory and technology.

Courses and research are offered in a variety of subfields of computer science, including operating systems, computer architecture, computer graphics, pattern recognition, automata theory, combinatorics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, database design, computer networks, programming languages, software systems, analysis of algorithms, computational complexity, parallel processing, VLSI, computational geometry, design automation, cyber security, information assurance and data science.

The university maintains a large network of computer facilities, including PCs, Sun work stations and specialized computers for research within the program. All major computers on campus are linked by an Ethernet network.

In addition to computer science faculty, many other individuals at the University are involved in computer-related work in the physical and social sciences and in various areas of business and management. Computer science students with an interest in these important application areas thus have ample opportunity to consult and work with talented faculty from a wide range of disciplines.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Computer Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Computer Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: A master's degree in computer engineering or a closely associated discipline such as electrical engineering or computer science is preferred.

GPA: Minimum GPA in graduate-level coursework 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.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Mehrdad Nourani
Associate Head for CE   
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Patricia Williams 
Graduate Program Information  
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Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor; 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.