PhD in Electrical Engineering (EE): Post-Bachelor’s Degree

Tremendous Research Opportunities

ECE faculty members boast international reputations and provide students with opportunities for research, for example, in such areas as: Solid State Materials and Devices, Photonics, Electromagnetics, Space and Science Technology, Computer Networking and Distributed Systems, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering and Applications, Signal and Image Processing, Machine Learning and Statistical Signal Processing, Communication, Sensor Networks, and Cybersecurity.

The ECE PhD Student Experience

As an electrical or computer engineering PhD student, you will pursue theoretical and empirical studies in a topic area determined by your interests and those of your faculty research advisor. As a student in Boston, you will be in the midst of a vibrant high-tech research community where external collaborations with industry, government, and other universities are common. However, your experience will likely not be limited to Boston; PhD students are supported by the Department to present their work at many key conferences around the world.

Program Requirements

  • A total of 64 graduate-level credits, 32 of which must meet the MS degree requirements.
    A successfully defended PhD prospectus may be used to satisfy the MS thesis/project requirement.
  • In structured courses, only grades of B- or higher are accepted for fulfilling PhD credit requirements. In non-structured (P/F) courses, the P grade is acceptable for fulfilling PhD requirements. PhD students who receive grades of C+ or lower in 3 courses will be withdrawn from the program.
  • Prospectus and Final Defenses
  • Teaching/Residency/Math Requirements

Contacts for More Information

ECE Academic Programs Manager  Sabrina Salvati and the College of Engineering Graduate Programs Office enggrad@bu.edu.

How to Apply

Visit the College of Engineering Graduate Admissions site for more information.