Our Program

At the graduate level, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers programs of study leading to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in electrical and computer engineering. Clarkson University also offers an off-campus Ph.D. option designed to assist qualified non-resident candidates to matriculate at Clarkson University as doctoral degree candidates.


Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (beyond B.S.) corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, two of which must be in residence at Clarkson. A master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar work.
  • Minimum coursework: 39 credit hours total, 9 credit hours in a minor field, 6 credit hours outside the department, and 9 credit hours taken in residence at Clarkson. At least 21 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one committee member being from outside the department of the thesis advisor.


Admission Requirements

For programs in Engineering, all Ph.D. applicants need to show proof they have received a Master’s degree or are currently in a Master’s program before they can be admitted into a Ph.D. program, with the exception of the Materials Science & Engineering program.

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • Application Form
  • Resume and Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  • Official Transcripts
  • Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 6, 2019
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