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What will I learn?

The Tickle College of Engineering offers a PhD in Computer Engineering to qualified applicants. Candidates for the PhD program are expected to possess a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering or related field. Students in the PhD program will be required to demonstrate general competence in Computer Engineering by completing a comprehensive examination as described below.

Concentrations (Optional)

Computer Architecture
Computer Networks
Computer Vision
Cybersecurity
Data Analytics
Embedded Systems
Energy Science and Engineering
Image Processing
Information Systems
Signal Processing
VLSI System Design

Credit Hours Required

  • Students holding only a BS degree, as well as students who receive a concurrent MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science while enrolled as a PhD student, must take a minimum of 72 total graduate credit hours, including a minimum of 39 graduate course credit hours.
  • Students holding a non-concurrent MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science from UT will be required to take a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours, including at least 15 credit hours of graduate course work beyond those applied to their MS degree.
  • Students with MS degrees from other fields or universities will be required to take a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours, including at least 24 credit hours of graduate course work.
  • For all students, at least half of the course credits must be fulfilled by ECE or COSC courses at or above the 500 level.
  • Course work requirements may not be fulfilled by research or dissertation credit or seminar courses.
  • The student’s major professor, with the concurrence of the dissertation committee, will prepare a curriculum plan outlining precisely what courses will be taken.

Required Courses

  • ECE 600 (minimum of 24 credit hours)
  • At least half of the course credit hours must be fulfilled by ECE or COSC courses at or above the 500 level selected in consultation with major professor and/or committee.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of work must be ECE or COSC courses numbered at or above the 600-level.
  • For students holding an MS degree, a maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate courses at the 400-level may be applied toward the Ph.D. degree
    • Other students may apply 12 credit hours of graduate courses at the 400 level (must be listed in the Graduate Catalog for graduate credit) selected in consultation with major professor and/or committee.

Which department am I in?

Tickle College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,139.00 per year
Start date

January 2022

Venue

Tickle College of Engineering

124 Perkins Hall,

KNOXVILLE,

Tennessee,

37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEEA). A non-U.S.?degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be granted by a recognized or accredited foreign institution. United States degree holders must have earned a minimum of 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA.

For international students

Candidates for the PhD program are expected to possess a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering or related field.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

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

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