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.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor, Research and Development Engineer and Consulting Engineer in the public and private sector.

Program Information

For students who are interested in a PhD but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full- time PhD students. All students must have an academic advisor and an approved plan of study.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: A master's degree in electrical engineering or a closely associated discipline from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university.

GPA: A grade point average (GPA) in graduate coursework of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.

Test score required: Yes

GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

Letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the master's degree.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Applicants must also submit a narrative describing their motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to their professional goals.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.