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To qualify for the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, students must have a MS or ME degree from a program in Electrical Engineering or other engineering discipline.

Clarkson University also offers an off-campus PhD option designed to assist qualified non-resident candidates to matriculate at Clarkson University as doctoral degree candidates.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum

PhD Curriculum

The PhD program requires consists of 90 credit hours. Students are also required to pass a comprehensive exam and complete a PhD candidacy procedure. A written dissertation must be submitted by each PhD candidate and defended orally as part of the final examination.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (beyond BS) corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, two of which must be in residence at Clarkson. A master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.
  • Six (6) credit hours of seminar work.
  • Minimum coursework: 39 credit hours total, 15 credit hours in the major field, nine (9) credit hours in a minor field, six (6) credit hours outside the department, and nine (9) credit hours taken in residence at Clarkson. 
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one committee member being from outside the department of the thesis advisor.


Research Areas

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers a range of fields for major and minor areas, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation
  • Biometrics
  • Complex Systems, Data-Driven Science and Engineering
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Hardware, FPGA and Digital Circuits & Systems
  • Computing: High Performance, Heterogeneous, Edge and IoT
  • Controls and Robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Metamaterials, Electromagnetic Materials and Structures & Photonics
  • Micro and Nanoelectronics: Devices, Circuits & Systems
  • Power Systems and Renewable Energy
  • Programming Languages, Compilers and Software Engineering
  • Signal Processing and Communication
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A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Waived: The GRE requirement will be waived for Fall 2023 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).


A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting the Engineering Department via email

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If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Graduate Admissions Team