PhD Program

Students must complete a minimum of 108 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree in order to complete the PhD program in electrical and computer engineering.

Program Overview

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For students admitted with a prior master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field, the PhD degree requirements include 28 credit hours of traditional coursework, 48 credit hours of doctoral-level research, and at least two semesters of the zero-credit ECE 595 Departmental Seminar, which builds students’ current knowledge of the field by exposing them to presentations from UIC scholars and external researchers.

For students who are directly admitted after a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field, the PhD degree requirements include 52 hours of traditional coursework, 56 credits of doctoral-level research, and at least two semesters of the zero-credit ECE 595 Departmental Seminar.

Please expand the sections below to learn about the requirements in more detail.

PhD degree requirements

Qualifying Examination

PhD students must pass a qualifying examination before they begin the final phase of their doctoral study in ECE. Visit the Qualifying Examination page for full details.

Dissertation Research

Upon completion of all degree requirements and the dissertation, students must orally defend their work before their committee.

Additional Resources for PhD Students in ECE

If you have further questions about the program that aren’t answered here, please see our Graduate FAQ page.