Doctoral Program Overview
Internationally recognized for its excellence in research and education, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department has 32 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and over 500 students. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a highly affordable Ph.D. program. Click here to view recent PhD student graduates.
UNM is both highly affordable and designated as a Carnegie Research 1 University (for highest level of research activity).
International applicants are automatically considered for the International Amigo Scholarship. Those selected are awarded a non-resident tuition waiver (valued at more than $11,000 per year). Amigo Scholarships are limited in number, so early applicants have a greater chance of receiving this scholarship.
The ECE Department offers the following degree options:
- Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Electrical Engineering
- Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Computer Engineering
- Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework (excluding the 18 hours of dissertation credit hours and 2 hours of ECE 590) beyond the bachelor’s degree, which may include a maximum of 6 hours of master’s thesis. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed at the University of New Mexico, of which 18 hours must be at the 500 level or above.
As a potential candidate for the Ph.D. program, each student must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination to demonstrate satisfactory academic preparation and scholastic capabilities.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- A minimum of 48 hours of coursework credits (not including ECE590 and ECE699 dissertation hours).
- At least 24 hours of coursework graduate credit must be completed at UNM.
- At least 18 hours of graduate credit coursework must be completed at UNM after admission to the doctoral program.
- A minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit coursework earned at UNM must be courses numbered 500 or above.
- Two credit hours of ECE 590 (Graduate Seminar).
- A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits (ECE 699).
- No more than 6 credit hours of coursework can have a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33), or CR (grading option selected by student). ECE 590 is excluded from this limitation.
- CR/NC grading is not allowed for ECE core or minor core courses.
- A student’s cumulative GPA cannot be below 3.0. In addition, the GPA for courses presented in his/her Application of Candidacy cannot be below 3.0
- No more than 50% of the required coursework credits at UNM may be taken with a single faculty member. (Course work that has been completed for an M.S. degree is included in this limit).
- A maximum of 9 hours in "problems" courses (ECE 551 or ECE 651).
- Must be enrolled in the semester in which the doctoral comprehensive examination is taken and in the semester in which the degree requirements are completed, including the summer session.
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam
All Ph.D. candidates are expected to take the Ph.D. Qualifying exam to demonstrate and establish satisfactory academic and scholastic preparation. A graduate student can take the Qualifying exam no more than twice in his/her Ph.D. program.
The qualifying exam must be attempted upon the completion of the student’s core courses, within four semesters of admission to the Ph.D. program, unless otherwise determined by the academic adviser and ECE’s Graduate Program Director. The exam consists of a written submission and oral presentation, followed by an oral question and answer session. The presentation is to be based on the reading of research literature in the student’s Emphasis area and a short proposal for how the research could be expanded.
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