Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

The Doctorate of Philosophy is the highest degree awarded by Wright State University. This pinnacle academic credential signifies a mastery of a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent and productive scholar. Doctoral training involves working closely with faculty on significant technological challenges of importance and mutual interest.

Program Objectives

The program of study leading to the Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To enable students to engage in continued advanced study and research.
  • To foster original and scholarly research contributions to the various fields composing Electrical Engineering.
  • To instill in each student a proficiency for innovation manifesting a fundamental advancement of knowledge.
  • To enable graduates to integrate their education and experience with the larger problems of the technological professions.

A student's primary advisor, or Dissertation Director, is a key factor to success in graduate studies. Members of the dissertation committee also play critical mentoring roles in a student's academic progress. Each Ph.D. student is paired with a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. The faculty advisor will assist the student in developing the student's program of study, selecting a Dissertation Committee, and scheduling all program milestones.


Some departmental teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available. Contact the department for additional information.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

GTA positions are awarded by the department based on the student's established academic performance at WSU, research interest, and departmental needs.  Students must be pursuing a graduate degree with a thesis. GTA positions are responsible for 20 hours per week of teaching duties, which could include conducting lab or recitation sessions, grading homework and quizzes, and otherwise assisting the professor with the class.
GTA appointments are awarded on a semester by semester basis. Appointments occur during the fall and spring semester with summer appointments available to a lesser extent.

Note that English as a second language (ESL) students are required to pass An Oral Proficiency Test before they can be a GTA without faculty supervision.

Graduate Research Assistantship

Graduate Research Assistantship are responsible for performing research tasks on a contract secured by an individual faculty member, research staff member, or research group. The research usually leads to the satisfaction of thesis or dissertation requirements. Since the tuition and stipend is paid by individual research contracts, a student who seeks a GRA appointment must contact individual faculty/staff or research groups in their area of interest for opportunities.


Admission Requirements

Students must first satisfy requirements for admission into the Wright State University Graduate School. To apply to the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Program, the student must submit an online graduate application to the Graduate School. International students should visit the International Gateway website for information on international applications and deadlines.

Additionally, the student should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals and have completed an M.S. degree in electrical engineering or a related area to be considered for the program. Final admission decisions will be made by the Ph.D. Program Director based on the complete application package which must include documentation of: 

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a closely-related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering or a closely-related field, with a minimum GPA 3.5 for all prior graduate coursework.
  • Transcripts of all prior course work.
  • Written statement of research interests and objectives.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation attesting to the student's potential for independent research.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a math score not lower than 155 and a composite score not lower than 300 and an AWA score not lower than 2.5.
  • For English as a second language students, English proficiency scores (IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 79 or PTE 57). 

Transfer Credits

Credits that have not been applied toward an awarded degree may be used, with approval from the Ph.D. Program Director, as long as the student was admitted and enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the institution where the graduate credit was earned. 

Degree Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, a student must:

  • Complete an approved Program of Study that contains at least 60 graduate semester credit hours beyond a Master's (M.S.) degree.
  • Complete 20 semester credit hours of courses in electrical engineering numbered 7000-level and above.
  • Complete at least 6 semester credit hours of graduate courses (numbered 6000-level and above) in mathematics (MTH) or statistics (STT).
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of dissertation research.
  • Pass the Program Qualification Exam.
  • Pass the Research Proposal Defense.
  • Present a seminar based on their dissertation research during an open meeting or a peer-reviewed, selective conference.
  • Submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed (IEEE quality) journal.
  • Satisfactorily complete a written Dissertation Document and defend the findings in a public oral presentation.
  • Obtain dissertation approval from the Dissertation Committee and the Graduate School.

Further details on admission and degree requirements, program milestones, and the graduate curriculum can be found in the Program Guide.

Ph.D. Program Guide