What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework (excluding the 18 hours of dissertation credit hours and 2 hours of ECE 590) beyond the bachelor’s degree, which may include a maximum of 6 hours of master’s thesis. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed at the University of New Mexico, of which 18 hours must be at the 500 level or above.

The PhD degree requires at least 12 hours of ECE core courses, among which 9 hours are required by the selected emphasis area (link to material on page 19) as 3 major core courses (link to Table on page 10), and the other 3 hours are required as a minor core course to be chosen from any ECE emphasis outside the major emphasis. Note that in addition to the three major core courses some emphases may require another course. The remaining courses are free electives.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 48 hours of coursework credits (not including ECE590 and ECE699 dissertation hours).
    1. At least 24 hours of coursework graduate credit must be completed at UNM.
    2. At least 18 hours of graduate credit coursework must be completed at UNM after admission to the doctoral program.
    3. A minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit coursework earned at UNM must be courses numbered 500 or above.
  2. Two credit hours of ECE 590 (Graduate Seminar).
  3. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits (ECE 699).
  4. No more than 6 credit hours of coursework can have a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student). ECE 590 is excluded from this limitation.
  5. A student’s cumulative GPA cannot be below 3.0. In addition, the GPA for courses presented in his/her Application of Candidacy cannot be below 3.0
  6. No more than 50% of the required coursework credits at UNM may be taken with a single faculty member. (Course work that has been completed for an M.S. degree is included in this limit).

Smart Power

A brief description to the area: UNM Smart Power is a multidisciplinary research group in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering working on multiple aspects of society's energy needs and networked systems. From power system control and protection and microgrid and smart grid design and operation, to integration of distributed energy resources, Power Electronics, Storage and Electric Vehicles, and novel photovoltaics (PV) materials for better solar cells, the research conducted by faculty associated with this group cuts across a broad spectrum of important engineering focus areas.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,235.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected March, August 2022

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

School of Engineering

210 University Blvd. NE,

ALBUQUERQUE,

New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

Application Deadlines

Fall · Jan 31st (Best consideration date if seeking financial aid) ·

Mar 31st (International)

Spring · Jun 30 (Best consideration date if seeking financial aid)

Aug 31st (International)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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