PhD in Electrical Engineering


Program Description

Ph.D. in electrical engineering students find a culture of innovation at Florida Tech, with an opportunity to delve into research topics that best align with their particular area of specialization. The second-largest engineering program at the university, electrical engineering doctoral students find themselves in an attractive position for employment with Florida Tech’s location among one of the largest high-tech workforces in the nation.

High Accolades For Florida Tech

In addition to accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the university is listed among the Fiske Guide’s “Engineering/Top Technical Institutes” and Parade Magazine’s College A-List in Engineering.

A Culture Of Research

Florida Tech is a top choice for a Ph.D. in electrical engineering due to the collaborative study and research environment with professors and peers. Class sizes are small with one-on-one mentorship, providing students with an opportunity to custom tailor their curriculum and research projects. This includes study areas such as speech processing, machine learning, wireless communication, image processing, and semiconductor modeling.

A Faculty Of Professional Engineers

Faculty members are professional engineers with real-world design and research experience. Professors provide Ph.D. engineering students with the latest body of knowledge and research methods in all aspects of the industry. Florida Tech’s hands-on learning approach prepares graduates to elevate their current careers or enter a new field in electrical engineering.


Degree Specialization

The Ph.D. in electrical engineering program provides five unique areas of specialization: This includes:

  • Electromagnetics
  • Photonics
  • Spacecraft Systems
  • Systems and Information Processing
  • Wireless Systems and Technology

High Tech Laboratories And Facilities

Excellent facilities are vital to all top electrical engineering schools and Florida Tech does not disappoint: the university is home to a number of centers and institutes where faculty members and students conduct research. Students earning an electrical engineering master’s degree have access to the F. W. Olin Engineering Complex, a state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar facility providing an outstanding learning environment that is outfitted with the instruments and equipment students will encounter in the workplace. In addition, the Harris Center for Science and Engineering, the Applied Research Laboratory, and the Wireless Center of Excellence are equipped with 21st-century technology and facilities to support electrical engineering master’s degree study and research.

Degree Requirements

The degree of doctor of philosophy is conferred primarily in recognition of creative accomplishment and ability to investigate scientific or engineering problems independently, rather than for the completion of a definite course of study. The work will consist of advanced studies and research leading to a significant contribution to a chosen research area.

The doctoral program in electrical engineering may be completed with a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Each student must complete an approved program of study beyond that required for a master’s degree, pass a comprehensive written examination, complete a program of significant original research, and prepare and defend a dissertation concerning the research. In addition, to demonstrate the achievement of new knowledge in the field, a publication in a professional journal of conference proceedings is required.


A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and at least 24 credit hours of Dissertation Research (ECE 6999) beyond a master’s degree is required. Up to nine credit hours outside of electrical and computer engineering can be counted toward the degree.

The student’s advisor and the department head must approve a program of study. A wide degree of latitude is allowed in course selection and research interest within the capability of the university and the student’s academic background. This requirement is imposed at the discretion of the doctoral committee.

After admission to doctoral candidacy, a yearly seminar demonstrating progress must be presented to the graduate faculty.

Coursework and Dissertation Summary

  • Doctoral coursework minimum beyond master’s degree Credit Hours: 24
  • Doctoral research and dissertation Credit Hours: 24

Minimum Credits Required Beyond the Master’s Degree: 48


Graduates in technical and engineering fields find growing employment opportunities, as an increasingly technological society demands their expertise. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for electrical engineers continues to grow in a variety of industries, including the electronics, communications, energy, railway, and automotive industries. Graduates have access to thousands of high-tech firms for research and job opportunities.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Florida Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational, residential, research-intensive, doctoral-granting university located in the beautiful City of Melbourne on Florida’s sunny “Space Coast.” ... Read More

Florida Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational, residential, research-intensive, doctoral-granting university located in the beautiful City of Melbourne on Florida’s sunny “Space Coast.” But who we are is so much more. We are a community of researchers, scholars, and learners hailing from all around the world. We are engineers, aviators, innovators, leaders, educators, athletes, and astronauts. We have the brains of rocket scientists and the hearts of Panthers. We are Florida Tech. Read less