PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs in selected specialty areas leading to the following degrees:

  • M.Engr.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D. 

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Current departmental research expertise includes:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications/Signal Processing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems
  • Electromagnetics/Optics
  • Power/Power Electronics
  • VLSI

Research Facilities and Equipment

Research facilities include:

  • cardiovascular engineering lab
  • computer architecture lab
  • digital systems lab
  • EMI shield room
  • power and power electronics lab
  • signal processing and systems lab
  • printed circuit lab

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Admission Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to contact a potential advisor in the program. Each professor will have different expectations for the amount and type of work he/she will require you to do in order for him/her to recommend you for admittance into the program.

Please look at each faculty's website and contact a faculty member working in a research area in which you are interested in pursuing your graduate studies.

Applicants do not need to contact a potential advisor if they meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a GRE score of at least 145 Verbal and 155 Quantitative (The GRE subject test is not required)
  • Earn minimum GPA of 3.0 on your latest Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering degree, either B.S. or M.S. 

The 3.0 minimum GPA admission requirement may be waived for M.E. students with substantial ECE industry experience. The GRE subject area test is not required.

Financial Assistance

The department has a limited number of teaching and research assistantships available. These assistantships provide a monthly salary during the academic year, a waiver of base graduate tuition during the academic year and summer, but do not cover the minimal activity fee.

In addition, there are opportunities, both in the department and on the campus, to perform part-time work as graders, teachers, tutors, and consultants. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis -- typically at the time of admission for the fall semester.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate. Of these 90 credits, a minimum of 36 credits of graduate-level coursework and a minimum of 30 credits of the dissertation is required.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often in ... Read More

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often interdisciplinary, research. Additionally, our students have access to professional development opportunities, and events such as Three Minute Thesis. Our low tuition costs make NDSU a bargain, and our career outcomes are excellent. We are located in Fargo, ND – a Midwestern “hidden gem,” and a welcoming and vibrant community of about 230,000 with a unique rural-urban feel. We have a bustling entrepreneurial atmosphere; rich culture; great local fare, arts, and entertainment; and family friendly environment. Read less