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Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in field of Electrical Engineering is conferred by Department of Electrical Engineering, International Technological University, primarily in recognition of competence in the subject field and the ability to investigate engineering problems independently, resulting in a new contribution to knowledge in the field. The work for the degree consists of engineering research, preparation of a thesis based on that research, and a program of advanced studies in engineering, mathematics, and related physical sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Fundamentals – Master comprehensive knowledge in specialized aspects of electrical engineering
  • Research Ability – Conduct independent scholarly researches and contribute innovative ideas and concepts to engineering field
  • Career Responsibility – Demonstrate analytical thinking, in-depth knowledge, and communication skills to fulfill professional positions
  • Ethics – Produce mastery skills of professional teaching and research leadership to contribute to academic, industry or society

Admission Requirements

International Students: This program is not available to F1 visa holders

A related master degree with minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above, GRE score, and three letters of recommendations from professionals are required for admission.

Program Requirements

  • 60 credit units beyond master degree including
    • 30 units of course work and independent study
    • 30 units of dissertation
  • Maximum 15 credit units with grade B or above may be transferred from PhD level courses of an accredited school with approval of department chair
  • Passing a qualification exam consists of written and oral parts is required for admission of candidacy
  • Passing a comprehensive examination in oral is required with presenting dissertation topic proposal and sufficient preparation for advanced research for the proposed dissertation topic
  • Passing a comprehensive final defense examination in oral is required to defend the PhD dissertation
  • Publication in international academic journals is required to complete PhD dissertation

Procedures of Program Completion

Thesis Adviser – It is student’s responsibility to obtain consent from a faculty member in the student’s major department to serve as his/her prospective thesis advisor as soon as being accepted as a PhD student.

A PhD student and his/her thesis advisor jointly develop a study plan for courses and research in a particular area, and submit to chair of the department.

Study Program and Course Work – The students are expected to complete a minimum of 60 credit units of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree. Of these, 30 credit units may be earned through course work and independent study, and 30 through the thesis. All thesis units are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. A maximum of 15 semester units may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the student’s advisor and chair of the department.

Qualification Examination

The qualification exam is required to take within two years from the time of admission for full-time students and three years for part-time students. The qualification exam can be
retaken once only.

The qualification examination will be provided in written. Students must choose field of Mathematics, and two technical fields from four:

  • VLSI Design
  • Analog, MEMS, and RFIC Design
  • Digital Signal Processing and Communication
  • System Design

Each field will cover at least three courses as for example:

  • Mathematics
    • AMS 512 Applied Mathematics Methods
    • AMS 552 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
    • AMS 620 Advanced Optimization Techniques
  • VLSI Design
    • EEN 511 VLSI Design
    • EEN 513 Microprocessor Design
    • EEN 627 VLSI (IC) Design to Silicon
  • Analog, RF and MEMS Design
    • EEN 516 Analog IC Design
    • EEN 618 RF IC Design
    • EEN 732 Advanced Nanotechnology
  • Digital Signal Processing and Communication
    • EEN 541 Digital Signal Processing and System Analysis
    • EEN 562 Fundamentals of Communication Systems
    • EEN 671 Introduction to Wireless Communication Systems
  • System Design
    • CEN 551 Computer Architecture
    • EEN 646 Design of Embedded Systems
    • EEN 758 Advanced System Design

Admission to Candidacy

A student who passes the qualification examination is considered as a PhD candidate.

A PhD candidate should promptly ask the thesis advisor to form a doctoral committee.

Doctoral Committee

On the student’s request, the thesis advisor will form a Doctoral Committee. The committee will consist of at least five members, including the thesis advisor, the department chair and at least another member from the electrical engineering department. The committee must also include at least one member from outside the department, preferably from outside the university. The thesis advisor will serve as the chair of the committee.

The Doctoral Committee will review the proposed thesis topic, determine any further changes, and approve the research objective.

Comprehensive Examination

After completion of preparing dissertation topic, a PhD candidate shall request for comprehensive examination. The examination shall be oral exam with presenting sufficient preparation in depth and breadth for advanced research for the proposed dissertation topic. The comprehensive examinations normally must be completed within one year after passed qualification examination. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated only once, in whole or in part, at the discretion of the thesis advisor.

Dissertation Research

The period following the comprehensive examination is devoted to research for the dissertation, although such research may begin before the examination is completed. After research topic proved by the Doctoral Committee, the PhD candidate should conduct the dissertation research toward the objective defined.


One or more refereed articles based on the dissertation research must be accepted for publication in international academic journals, such as IEEE, IEE, ACM, or other journals approved by the Doctoral Committee.

Teaching Requirement

PhD Candidate must teach at least one regular course for showing teaching capability. The teaching must be completed before dissertation defense.

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation must be made available to all examiners one month prior to the examination. The oral examination shall consist of a presentation of the dissertation results and the defense. Dissertation defense is open to public, but only members of the Doctoral Committee have a vote. The dissertation defense passes through unanimous vote.

Program Completion

At least one month before the degree is to be conferred, the candidate must submit to Doctoral Program Council of the School two copies of the final version of the dissertation describing the research in its entirety. The dissertation will not be considered as accepted until approved by the Doctoral Committee and publication acceptance. Each member of the Ph.D. committee must sign-off the Ph.D. thesis to indicate approval.

The University reserves the right to evaluate the undertakings and the accomplishments of the degree candidate in total, and award or withhold the degree as a result of its deliberations.

Time Limit for Completing Degrees

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within eight years following acceptance for the Ph.D. program. Extensions will be allowed only in unusual circumstances and must be approved in writing by Doctoral Program Council of ITU.

Last modified: June 27, 2016