Ph.D.-Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S.-Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers tracks in the Master of Science in Engineering and the Ph.D. in Engineering programs. The tracks are designed to prepare students for practice, research and/or teaching of electrical and computer engineering at the advanced level by providing intensive preparation for professional practice in the microelectronics, nanoelectronics, computer engineering, and controls and communications aspects of electrical and computer engineering. At the advanced level, this track prepares individuals to perform original, leading-edge research in the broad areas of microelectronics, nanoelectronics, controls and communications, and computer engineering.
Students seeking the M.S. degree are required to take a minimum of 30 semester credits of approved graduate courses, including research.
Each student must conduct an original investigation under the supervision of the permanent adviser and prepare a thesis reporting the results of this research and analyzing its significance in relation to existing scientific knowledge. This study is reported in a thesis prepared in acceptable form and style. Upon approval of the thesis by the adviser, the student submits a copy to each member of the advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee members examine the thesis and decide upon its acceptability. Each committee member reports to the student’s adviser when the thesis is acceptable for defense. The thesis is approved for defense only if accepted unanimously. Upon approval of the thesis, the student appears for a final oral examination administered by the student’s advisory committee. This examination of an M.S. candidate includes the subject matter of course work as well as the thesis.
A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including research credits, is generally required for the Ph.D. in Engineering.
Students entering the doctoral program with a B.S. degree, but not the M.S., will require a minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate credits (30 for M.S. level and an additional 30 for Ph.D. level).
A minimum of three years of study, including research, is necessary to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. A period of residence of at least three consecutive semesters is required. Residency is defined as registration for at least nine credits per semester. A time limit of seven calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the Ph.D degree.
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