About the Electrical Engineering Doctoral Program
The doctoral degree program prepares students for engineering-based leadership roles in society involving the solution of important technological problems and the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.
The doctorate demands substantial depth and breadth of study in the major subject, electrical engineering. Students must take at least 60 credit hours (plus 1 credit hour per semester of graduate seminar until the student becomes a candidate) of graduate coursework exclusive of the dissertation, with no more than 18 hours of individual study courses. Such courses involve a special arrangement between a student and a faculty member in which the student carries out assignments in a subject not available in a regular course. Students are not required to take a formal minor subject, but if a minor is declared, it must include at least 15 credit hours outside the department. The minor must be represented by a faculty member from the minor department on the student’s advisory committee. For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/ece/grad/phd/.
Graduate students can find thesis and dissertation topics in a variety of areas, with research conducted in the following multidisciplinary centers, laboratories, and industry-sponsored programs:
- Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics (P3E)
- Nano Photonics Center
- NanoTech Center (NTC)
- Wireless Communication Systems Laboratory
- Biomedical Integrated Devices and Systems (BIDS) Laboratory
- Applied Vision Laboratory (AVL)
- Micro-Electric-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Laboratory
- Microwave and Antenna Laboratory
- Program for Semiconductor Product Engineering (PSPE)
Before being recommended for admission to a degree program, Ph.D. students may be required to take (without graduate credit) undergraduate leveling courses designated by the department.
A Ph.D. student must pass the FE exam to fulfill the “Preliminary Exam” requirements. A Ph.D. student must provide a written proposal and oral presentation of proposed research work to a committee of faculty members for examination to fulfill the “Qualifying Exam” requirements.