This program is being replaced with a Rackham Ph.D. program beginning Fall 2019.  Please contact with any questions.

The ECE Ph.D. program is a research-oriented degree designed to address the growing needs of industry for engineering professionals with advanced knowledge, technical skills and the ability to conduct high quality applied research in electrical and computer engineering.  It is an interdisciplinary effort to bring together the two broad disciplines of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  The program is designed to train students to conduct research and develop innovative technologies in the fields of electrical and computer engineering. The primary objective of the program is to prepare future research & development leaders of industry.  The program offers a curriculum consisting of advanced ECE courses covering four core areas, Computer Systems and Networks, Control Systems and Signal Processing, Electronics, Optoelectronics, Power, and Energy Systems, and Intelligent Systems and Robotics.  

The Ph.D. degree will be offered to quality students who have completed, with distinction, either a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field.


Student financial support:

The department offers a competitive financial aid package in the form of an appointment as a graduate student instructor (GSI) or research assistant (GSRA) to all admitted students without external funding or employment. 

All admitted students are required to register every fall and winter term until graduation or have an approved leave of absence.  Students are also required to follow the timeline for completing the program milestones, requirements, and expectations to remain in good standing in the program.


If you have additional questions, please contact the program chair: Dr. Ya Sha Yi.


The specific learning goals of the ECE Ph.D. degree program are:

  • A strong foundation in the theoretical principles and techniques from science, engineering, and mathematics needed for advanced engineering design and development.
  • An ability to use modern engineering software, processes, devices, and diagnostic tools for advanced engineering design and development. 
  • An ability to read, understand, and critically evaluate the research literature in a chosen domain, and contribute original scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and technical presentations. 
  • An ability to conduct original research in the field of electrical and/or computer engineering. Students will be able to design and conduct experiments, collect meaningful data, use appropriate analysis tools and techniques to understand the data, evaluate system performance, and critically evaluate performance in comparison to other state-of-the-art approaches. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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