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

Other 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.

PhD in Electrical Engineering Fact Sheet

PhD in Electrical Engineering Fact Sheet

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: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation on official school or business letterhead or the UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation Form from individuals who are familiar with the student's record and able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing doctoral study in electrical engineering.

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.


Dinesh Bhatia
ECE Graduate Program Head
Office: ECSN 4.926

Graduate Program Information
Rosarita Lubag
Office: ECSN 4.524

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.


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