Academics

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNLV offers a program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Engineering in the Field of Electrical Engineering. Specific major areas of study currently available include: Communications, Computer Engineering, Control System Theory, Electromagnetics and Optics, Power Systems, Signal Processing, and Solid State Materials and Devices. One may be admitted to the Ph.D. program by one of two mechanisms. The Conventional Option requires the student to complete a M.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Direct Ph.D. Option allows those undergraduates with outstanding undergraduate backgrounds to enter the Ph.D. program without having to complete a M.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. All requirements leading to a Ph.D. are still required beyond the B.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering excluding the completion of a Master thesis.

Learning Objectives

The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program strives to provide a learning centered environment where accomplished faculty share their experience and knowledge with students so that graduates of the program can

  1. Demonstrate a strong technical knowledge in their field so that they can lead and direct engineering and scientific industry teams in their chosen field of study.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to learn independently and generate new knowledge in their chosen field of study.
  3. Reach the highest academic level with the potential to become a leader and an authority in Electrical Engineering.

Outcomes

Graduates of the program will

  1. Demonstrate a strong technical knowledge in electrical engineering field by successfully completing course work, by passing a qualifying exam and a comprehensive exam, and by integrating knowledge learned in this course work into a dissertation.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to learn independently and generate new knowledge by completing creative novel work and reporting on this work in a dissertation which should include
    • A hypothesis (or hypotheses)
    • A set of objectives and goals
    • A critical literature review
    • A theoretical, experimental and/or modeling study
    • A conclusion
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing at an acceptable level of proficiency by completing a well written dissertation and presenting the work in their dissertations during an oral dissertation exam.

Assessment

  1. Performance in course work
  2. Qualifying Exam
  3. Comprehensive Exam
  4. Dissertation and Dissertation Exam
  5. Track graduates career shortly after graduation

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. in electrical engineering specifically prepares graduates for a research career in the electrical engineering field. Most students who purse a Ph.D. in electrical engineering have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in electrical engineering. Obtaining a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering allows graduates to specialize in particular electrical engineering disciplines and engage in research in one or more of these disciplines. A Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering can also help graduates establish a career in teaching electrical engineering.

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