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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Engineering University of Alabama In Huntsville



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Course Work

Course requirements, including at least 48 hours of graduate coursework (excluding dissertation research), are defined in the Program of Study. A maximum of 6 semester hours credit in thesis/research work from the master’s degree may be allowed to count toward the 48 hour requirement. Students must also register for a minimum of 18 semester hours of dissertation research. Students must register for dissertation research each semester in which they receive faculty supervision. The approval of the Program of Study should be accomplished as early as possible, but no later than one year after admission to the Ph.D. program and passing the preliminary exam. Once approved, the program may be amended only by the Supervisory Committee upon submission of the appropriate form.

Major and Minor Subjects

A defined major subject or field of specialization is required of all candidates for the Ph.D. degree. The candidate must also have at least two minor subjects chosen with approval of the candidate’s Supervisory Committee. One of the minors must be mathematics, and/or engineering mathematics as defined by the student’s department. All students must complete at least 48 semester hours of graduate coursework, and 18 hours of dissertation coursework. At least 24 semester hours must be in work within related departments, including credits for the major. Of these 24 semester hours, at least 18 must be within a defined major. Of the remaining 24 semester hours, a minimum of 12 semester hours of work is required for each of the two minors.

Course of Study

The course of study leading to the Ph.D. in Computer Engineering will include the following elements:

  • A major consisting of a minimum of 18 semester hours of approved coursework in Computer Engineering;
  • A minor consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours of approved coursework in mathematics, theoretical, or formal methods as related to Computer Engineering;
  • A minor consisting of a minimum of 12 semester hours of approved coursework in Electrical or Computer Engineering;
  • Additional coursework consisting of a minimum of 3 semester hours of approved coursework in supportive fields;
  • Successful completion of a Qualifying Examination with a presentation of the dissertation topic;
  • A research dissertation consisting of a minimum of 18 semester hours in Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • Successful completion of a final examination consisting of a presentation of the dissertation.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Engineering.

Full Time (66 semester hours)

Tuition fees

$24,430.00 (18,41,423) per year




College of Engineering

Engineering Building,

301 Sparkman Drive,



35899, United States

Entry requirement for international students

The PhD in Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering unconditional admission requirements is:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited electrical or computer engineering program or a bachelor’s degree in a related program acceptable to the CPE graduate faculty.

A GRE score of at least 150 on the verbal and a score of 155 on the quantitative sections.

A minimum TOEFL score of 18 on each section of the exam for international students whose native language is not English.

An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours completed.

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