Electrical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. (E.E.) Degree

Upon completion of the Ph.D. Program in Electrical Engineering, students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve engineering problems and undertake teaching and research
  2. Assume leadership roles in academia, industry and government
  3. Plan and conduct scholarly activities that make original contributions to the knowledge base in one or more areas of specialization within Electrical Engineering discipline
  4. Communicate effectively both as individuals and leaders of multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in a diverse global economy
  5. Recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning as independent professional scholars
  6. Understand the importance of the ethical, safety, socio-economic, and environmental issues related to the Electrical Engineering profession.

Requirements for Admission to the Ph.D. Programs

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing in a branch of engineering, or a closely related area, appropriate to the applicant's intended field of study.
  2. An academic record demonstrating promise of superior performance in advanced study and research.
  3. Adequate preparation in specific courses as may be required by the individual departments.

Additional Requirements for the Ph.D.

Guidance and Program Planning

  • Soon after being notified of admission, and preferably before registration, the student should arrange for an appointment with a departmental advisor. This can be done through the Graduate Engineering Office. This advisor will help the student plan an approved sequence of courses.
  • Soon after completing 30 credits, or soon after admission with this level of work, a student must obtain the consent of a faculty member to act as his or her research mentor and must then request the Dean to assign a guidance committee. The student's planned program of courses and research program must be submitted to the guidance committee for approval.

University Requirements

The student will be required to comply with the University Requirements for Admission and for Graduate Degrees as printed in the bulletin of The Graduate School of The City University of New York. It is also helpful to consult the Graduate School Student Handbook. These requirements include the following:

  • A student may continue in a doctoral program in The City University after he or she has completed 45 credits only if he or she has passed a First Examination in the area of specialization with a grade of excellence or high pass.
  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credits of approved graduate work, of which at least 30 must be taken at The City University.
  • Completion of the course requirements in the field of specialization.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Second Examination of at least two hours duration usually taken after the completion of course requirements. The student may be admitted to the second examination only upon the recommendation of a mentor.
  • The student shall demonstrate proficiency in those research tools considered appropriate by the faculty in the field of specialization.
  • Satisfactory completion, not later than eight years after matriculation, of a dissertation which embodies original research. For a student who is matriculated after the completion of at least 30 credits of acceptable work, this time will be reduced to seven years.
  • The dissertation will be defended at an oral final examination.