Doctoral Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at SMU offers two doctoral programs, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Computer Engineering. These research-intensive programs allow students to work closely with faculty advisors on solving challenging problems.  Our world-renowned faculty focus on both theoretical and applied research that can make a significant impact on society. Students in the doctoral program frequently publish their research in top publications in their fields. 

Most doctoral students are funded as research assistants during their studies. Please visit our faculty research pages for more information about individual research areas and the graduate catalog for additional information about the requirements (admission and completion) for the doctoral programs.

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Lyle’s Ph.D. in Computer Engineering program is taught by exceptionally qualified faculty whose own research projects—in cybersecurity, electronic design automation, VLSI test, computer arithmetic algorithms, and disaster and fault tolerance, to name only a few—touch every aspect of Computer Engineering’s future. Doctoral students are expected to attain and demonstrate a mastery of the discipline and to significantly advance the state of knowledge through an original research effort.

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Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Students in Lyle’s Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program learn from faculty experts whose research areas— in photonics, cognitive wireless networks, statistical signal processing, intelligent systems and more— cover each dynamic element of Electrical Engineering and opportunities for the future. Doctoral students are expected to attain and demonstrate a mastery of the discipline and to significantly advance the state of knowledge through an original research effort.

A flowchart for the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam can be found here.

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