Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

Degree Requirements (60 Post-Baccalaureate Hours)

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering fall into four categories: course requirements, the qualifying examination, the comprehensive examination, and the dissertation.

Core (10 Hours)

The coursework must include the following core courses.

Course Title Credits
CSCE 513Computer Architecture3
CSCE 611Advanced Digital Design3
CSCE 750Analysis of Algorithms3
CSCE 791Seminar in Advances in Computing1
Total Credit Hours10

Computer Engineering Elective (3 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Select one of the following:3
System Performance Evaluation
Computer Networks
Parallel Computing
Fundamentals of VLSI Chip Design
Total Credit Hours3

Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)

Course Title Credits
CSCE 899Dissertation Preparation12
Total Credit Hours12

Advanced CSCE Electives (20 Hours)

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete 20 hours in CSCE courses numbered 700 or above.

Other Electives (15 Hours)

  • In addition to the above requirements, students must complete 15 hours of CSCE courses numbered above 500.
  • Graduate level courses from other departments, with approval from Graduate Director, can satisfy this requirement.
  • Students who enter the program with a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering are exempt from this requirement.

Note: Students entering the program without a Masters degree are encouraged to enroll concurrently in and earn an MS in Computer Engineering.

At most 9 hours of CSCE 798 and not more than 12 hours of CSCE 899 may be applied toward the degree. Neither CSCE 797 nor CSCE 799 may be applied toward the degree.

The student’s dissertation committee must approve the program of study, so this committee should be formed as early in a student’s course of study as possible. Prior to admission to candidacy, the student is required to pass a written qualifying examination. This examination is designed to test fundamental knowledge and conceptual understanding of the mainstream areas of computer engineering. The Ph.D. comprehensive examination combines a written and an oral examination and seeks to discover whether the student has a sufficiently deep understanding of topics in the area of interest to carry out the proposed research. The dissertation committee, which also will make the final decision on whether the student has passed, constructs the research component. The oral examination is an in-depth test on the subject matter related to the student’s dissertation topic and written exam. The committee may also examine the student on any other material it deems relevant. After completing the research and writing the dissertation, the student must defend the work in a public presentation.