Doctorate in Electrical Engineering

The Doctor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires that students complete the doctoral core courses, the core courses for one concentration, as well as at least nine credit hours in a related discipline and 36 30 credit hours of dissertation. The Doctoral program is divided into three parts: Coursework, Dissertation and Examination.


Coursework consists of 51 post-baccalaureate course credits at the graduate level. Up to 36 graduate credit hours can be transferred but at least 21 additional graduate credits must be accrued at UDM. Coursework is divided into Doctoral Core, Concentration Core, and Discipline Specific. There are three Doctoral Core courses (or equivalent): ENGR 5020 Design of Experiments; ENGR 5200 Optimization; and ENGR 5300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics. For Concentration Core courses, each concentration has a number of associated courses, all of which must be taken to fulfill the requirements for the concentration. Discipline Specific courses are those related to Electrical and Computer Engineering and at least nine credits of Electrical and Computer Engineering courses must be taken outside the Concentration Core and Doctoral Core courses.


Dissertation credits consist of research credits under the guidance of a Doctoral Dissertation committee headed by a faculty member who acts as the supervisor. Although Doctoral research is independent, novel and advances the state of the art, the committee members can provide guidance, advice and technical expertise. A minimum 30 dissertation credits is required for the Doctor of Engineering degree.


Examinations comprise three stages: Qualifying, Dissertation Topic and Final. The Qualifying Examination is administered and interpreted by the college-level Doctoral Graduate Committee. The exam consists of three parts: Mathematics, Computer and Discipline Specific (in this case, Electrical and Computer Engineering topics relevant to the individual examinee). The Qualifying Exam must be taken as soon as the student has completed the Doctoral Core Courses. Students passing the Qualifying Exam are allowed to advance in the Doctoral program. Students can repeat the qualifying exam once. Students failing the Qualifying Exam for the second time are dismissed from the Doctoral program. The Dissertation Topic Examination consists of the formal presentation of the dissertation topic to the supervisory committee. The committee provides feedback to the student regarding scope, depth and relevancy of the topic. With approval of the committee, the student can proceed with the research and subsequent accrual of dissertation credits. Final Examination consists of the formal and public presentation of the dissertation results. The written dissertation must also be approved and accepted by the supervisory committee. The Final Examination, in concert with submission of the approved version of the written dissertation, constitutes the last step in completion of the Doctor of Engineering degree.