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Electrical Engineering (D.E. & Ph.D.)

Electrical Engineering Doctoral Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is uniquely placed to add to the financial aid for our electrical engineering graduate students. Through scholarships funded from a $2M MUMMA endowment fund and other foundations, we support and supplement awards for our students.

As an electrical engineering graduate student, you'll work with top scholars and industry leaders and develop your area of expertise. Your work is supported with faculty expertise and seven computer labs with industry-specific software along with ten specialized laboratories.

Plans of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog for an overview and courses for the Electrical Engineering doctoral degrees.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

60 semester hours beyond the master's degree — minimum requirement includes:

  • 30 semester hours - coursework 
  • 30 semester hours - dissertation
  • You'll receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in recognition of superior achievement in independent research and coursework, which demonstrates your capacity for original thought, talent, and an ability to organize and present findings.

Doctor of Engineering (D.E.)

60 semester hours beyond the master's degree — minimum requirement includes:

  • 39 semester hours - coursework (21 semester hours required in the major area of study)
  • 21 semester hours - dissertation 
  • The D.E. is granted in recognition of superior achievement in coursework and an independent project. The project will usually be broad in scope, involve more than one discipline or subdiscipline and be closely tied to an industrial application.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the electrical engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. Statement of Research. The Statement should include a description of the desired doctoral level research the applicant is interested in carrying out and how it aligns with the department's research areas. The Statement should ideally include the name of a faculty member the applicant wishes to work with and has already reached out to. A CV is not acceptable and will render the application invalid.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale on their undergraduate degree. Applicants should have at least a  3.25 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale on their Master's degree.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.


Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Eric Balster, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0232