Ph.D. Program

Doctor of Philosophy: 72 Credit Hours

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework is required. Constraints on these 48 hours shall include:
    • A minimum of 27 hours of closely related coursework in the student’s area of concentration, as defined by the advisory committee, with at least 21 of these hours at the 500 level or above. Courses at the 400-level will only be applied to this hour requirement if they were completed as part of the student’s master’s degree requirements.
    • A minimum of 15 hours of courses in a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering or other approved area, as defined by the advisory committee, all of which are to be at the 500 level or above.
    • A minimum of 6 hours of Mathematics (MATH or GES) or Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology) courses at the 500 level or above.
    • A maximum of 24 credit hours earned for coursework taken to complete a master’s degree can be applied to the doctoral coursework requirement.
  • A minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research (ECE 699) are required.
  • A student’s curriculum and dissertation must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. All candidates must pass a written and oral qualifying examination, administered by the graduate advisory committee, at such a time as the candidate’s adviser deems appropriate and in accordance with departmental policy. The oral portion of the qualifying examination is typically as the presentation of a dissertation proposal. Furthermore, all candidates must pass a final examination, which generally consists of a presentation and defense of the dissertation.
  • A doctoral student must fulfill the residency requirements set forth by The University of Alabama Graduate School.