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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 07, 2023
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Engineering, PhD

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Requirements for the PhD

This degree requires at least 72 credits. These credits must include the following categories:

Four Core Courses Required (12 Credits Minimum)

Each student must complete at least one course chosen from each of the following three areas, and one additional course from any one of these areas:

Seven Courses (21 Credits Minimum)

Are elective and may be CS or ECE courses, courses from other disciplines, or research project courses (2998).

Additional Requirements

The specific program of study should be approved in advance by the Student’s Research Committee (described below).

Examinations: Each student must pass the following examinations:

Comprehensive Examination: To complete the comprehensive examination, a student must satisfy both the following requirements not later than two years after entering the program:

  • Complete a total of five courses with a grade of A- or better. These courses must be taken from either the Core Requirements listed above or the CoE Elective categories and
  • Complete the four courses that satisfy the Core Requirements category above with a grade of B or better.

The particular of mix of five courses in part a) can be any combination of core or elective courses. However, any core course requirement that is not included in the five must be completed with a B or better in order to satisfy part b).

Preliminary Examination: This is an oral examination conducted by the Student’s Research Committee. The Master of Science Thesis Oral Examination will satisfy the Preliminary Examination requirements.

Dissertation Proposal: Each student must present a plan for dissertation research to be approved by the Student’s Research Committee.

Dissertation Defense: Students must orally defend their dissertation research to be approved by the Student’s Research Committee.

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