Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)

General

Program Description

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Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Computer Engineering prepares aspiring scholars and researchers to explore key areas within the computer engineering field, including computer architecture, integrated circuit design, photonic computing, high-performance computing, and network computing.

Students can expect to work closely with a faculty advisor in their chosen research area to create a curriculum plan and guidance for the doctoral dissertation. Students may also be expected to teach introductory-level courses to undergraduates, present conference papers, and work with faculty on research grant applications.

Faculty Advisor & Research Focus

We strongly recommended that prospective doctoral students determine a faculty member in the department with whom they would like to work and a research area of interest.

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Ph.D. Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution.
    • If the applicant has obtained a master’s, a minimum grade point average of 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0) is required.
    • If the applicant has only obtained a bachelor’s degree, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Demonstrated capacity for original research in the form of published research articles or conference papers.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.

All applicants to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program at the School of Engineering & Applied Science must meet the admissions requirements for entry.

Applicants must provide the following materials to be considered for any graduate program at SEAS:

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. GRE exam scores
    • International applicants: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee

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English Language Exam Requirements
  • All visa-seeking international applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores to SEAS to be considered for admission.
  • Please provide only your most recent test scores. Scores may not be more than two years old.
Minimum Score Requirements

IELTS

  • 6.0 overall with no individual score below 5.0.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.

TOEFL

  • 80 on the Internet exam (iBT) or 550 on the paper exam
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet exam.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the Internet-based exam.

PTE Academic

  • 53. Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a minimum score of 68.
Exceptions

Exceptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located

  • Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution located in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption.

Last updated September 2019

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