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Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral graduates from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at PSU are flourishing in careers as academics, researchers, and as entrepreneurs.

Degree Requirements


Applicants to the Ph.D. program in electrical and computer engineering will normally have completed a master's degree in electrical engineering or a related field. However, admission directly to the Ph.D. program from a bachelor's degree program is possible if desired.

The following application items are required for the ECE Department:

  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE score
  • 3 references
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Writing sample

Please see our application page for more information.

Students are normally only admitted to our program if a faculty member has agreed to serve as the adviser. Before applying to our PhD program, you should contact faculty working in an area of research that is of interest to you. Your adviser will stay the same throughout your time in the doctoral program. You can find a list of our faculty here. The department has many ongoing research programs and supporting research laboratories which are listed here

Admission is possible every term, provided your application is complete by the deadline. Our PhD application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (September start) - April 1
  • Winter (January start) - September 1 (prior year)
  • Spring (March start) - November 1 (prior year)
  • Summer (June start) - February 1

Graduate Assistantships

Doctoral students are sometimes, but not always, offered a teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA) appointment shortly after admission. Please discuss the possibility of a research assistantship with your doctoral faculty adviser