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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PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

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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 2021 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).


Q: What outside departments do students usually study in?

A: Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Data Science.

Q: How are the 9 credits “in residence” different from the requirements in other categories?

A: There is a requirement of 39 credit hours of coursework for the PhD program. Students can transfer a maximum of 30 credits from a Masters degree, therefore, a student transferring 30 credits from a Masters program would need to take an additional 9 credits of coursework. Students can fulfill the "in residence" requirement with 9 credits of distance class from Clarkson.  

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