Electrical Engineering, PhD

Parent Entity: 
Engineering and Computer Science, College of » Electrical Engineering
Program Type: 
Degree Type: 
Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description:

The Doctorate of Philosophy is the highest degree awarded by Wright State University. This pinnacle academic credential signifies a mastery of a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent and productive scholar. Doctoral training involves working closely with faculty on significant technological challenges of importance and mutual interest.

Admission Requirements:

Students must first satisfy requirements for admission into the Wright State University Graduate School. To apply to the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Program, the student must submit an online graduate application to the Graduate School. International students should visit the International Gateway website for information on international applications and deadlines.

Additionally, the student should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals and have completed an M.S. degree in electrical engineering or a related area to be considered for the program. Final admission decisions will be made by the Ph.D. Program Director based on the complete application package which must include documentation of: 

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a closely-related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering or a closely-related field, with a minimum GPA 3.5 for all prior graduate coursework.
  • Transcripts of all prior course work.
  • Written statement of research interests and objectives.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation attesting to the student's potential for independent research.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a math score not lower than 155 and a composite score not lower than 300 and an AWA score not lower than 2.5.
  • For English as a second language students, English prociency scores (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 79 or PTE 57). 


Program Learning Outcomes:

The program of study leading to the Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To enable students to engage in continued advanced study and research.
  • To foster original and scholarly research contributions to the various fields composing Electrical Engineering.
  • To instill in each student a prociency for innovation manifesting a fundamental advancement of knowledge.
  • To enable graduates to integrate their education and experience with the larger problems of the technological professions.

A student's primary advisor, or Dissertation Director, is a key factor to success in graduate studies. Members of the dissertation committee also play critical mentoring roles in a student's academic progress. Each Ph.D. student is paired with a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. The faculty advisor will assist the student in developing the student's program of study, selecting a Dissertation Committee, and scheduling all program milestones.

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