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Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering Program Overview

There is a worldwide need for leaders who can apply advancements in computer and networking technology to the business of electrical and computer engineering. The Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering degree allows candidates an opportunity to take a hands-on, real-world approach to their educational experience.

Learn effective methods to problem solving, engineering design, leadership and communications skills. Any option may be used to enter the Ph.D. program.

Specific requirements for the Ph.D. are set by each student's doctoral committee in conformance with the current rules of the Graduate College. A qualifying examination is required of all students.

Successful completion of a General Examination, consisting of both written and oral parts, is required before preparation of the dissertation. The main intent of this exam is to evaluate the student's total preparation for conducting research and successfully completing the doctoral dissertation. Within the general requirements stipulated by the Graduate College, the specific format and requirements for the General Examination are determined by the student's doctoral committee in compliance with Graduate College's policy.

Also, there is a Dissertation Pre-Defense Seminar requirement as well as additional publication requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Admission to either the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Completed application form Check the U.S. and International application deadlines. On the application Choose an Academic Track
  • Official transcripts showing at least the equivalent of a 4-year US Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Resume and Statement of Purpose 

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Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering Program  Curriculum

Students in the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) Program enroll in 6 to 9 credit hours per semester except summer.  The summer semesters are usually reserved for research hours, independent study, or special study courses.  The Ph.D. program requires a total of 90 credit hours. Typically, it takes on average five calendar years to complete the program taking 6-9 credit hours per semester.

This program is heavily focused on research; hence the offered courses are tailored to toward enhancing students learning to accomplish their assigned projects and research studies. However, students are encouraged to take at least four courses in one of the offered concentration areas: Biomedical Imaging, Communications, Computers, Power and Controls, Radar, Signal Processing, Solid State Electronics, and Telecommunications.  The list of the courses offered in ECE-Tulsa are below.

Producing in Demand Graduates

Since 2001, the ECE program at OU-Tulsa has secured more than 190 grants and awards totaling approximately $35 million. ECE graduates have a 100% placement

at the world’s most prestigious Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Google, Dell, General Motors, Boeing, Microsoft, Intel and more. Our students don’t just learn about engineering; they experience it through hands-on experience with artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical signal analysis, and much more.

ECE student presenting research

Career Paths

Some typical career paths include:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
  • Telecom Engineer


Financial assistance to qualified graduate students is available from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from other sources. The School awards scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students desiring financial assistance are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Assistant of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more information.

Awards range from $9,600 to $28,800 per year for half-time (20 hours per week) appointments. Half-time research and teaching assistantships include waiver of out-of-state tuition and waiver of seven hours of in-state tuition. Students must enroll in six credit hours per semester to qualify.

  • ECE Fellowship
  • ECE Research Assistantship
  • ECE Teaching Assistantship, required OU 4x4 ID to apply online


  • Aerospace and Defense Companies (e.g. Boeing, Lockheed Martin)
  • Energy Companies (e.g. GE, Siemens, ExxonMobil)
  • Technology Companies (e.g. Apple, Google, Intel)
  • Manufacturing Companies (e.g. Ford, General Motors, Caterpillar)
  • Telecommunications Companies (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, Nokia)
  • Consulting Firms (e.g. Accenture, McKinsey & Company)
  • Government Agencies (e.g. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense (DOD)).
ECE student on computer in lab

Take the Next Step

Your Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering from OU-Tulsa can open doors that set you apart and on a journey of a lifetime.