Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering


The PhD in Computer Engineering program offers intensive preparation in design, programming, theory and applications. Training is provided for both academically oriented students and students with professional goals in the 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 engineering, including operating systems, computer architecture, computer graphics, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, computer networks, software systems, analysis of algorithms, 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, Unix work stations and specialized computers for research within the program and faculty laboratories. The Jonsson School has developed a state-of-the-art information infrastructure consisting of a wireless network in all buildings and an extensive fiber-optic Ethernet.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Computer 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 Computer Engineering Fact Sheet

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 from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or from an acceptable foreign university. Consideration will be given to highly qualified students wishing to pursue the doctorate without satisfying all of the requirements for a master's degree.

GPA: GPA (grade point average) in graduate level coursework of 3.5 or higher 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 Computer 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
CE/TE Program
Office: ECSN 4.926

Graduate Program Information
Rosarita Lubag
Office: ECSN 4.524

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor; Researcher and Consulting Engineer in the public and private sectors. CE graduates find employment in local, national and international enterprises.

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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