Electrical Engineering

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

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Why choose a 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.

Careers

The main duties of an electrical or electronics engineer include working with multimedia, telecommunications, electric power, signal processing, and control systems. All of these skills produce automated cars, robots, aviation electrical systems, new forms of wireless communication, and other not-yet imagined products and software. There's no limit to how electrical engineers can improve and invent ways to help make life easier and safer!

Job Outlook

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of electrical engineers in May 2015 was $97,340. The lowest 10 percent of electrical engineers earned $59,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $146,820. Employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 4.5 percent. Job growth is expected because of electrical and electronics engineers’ versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Success Stories

Last summer I interned at Google located at California, USA. I worked on the Power Systems team that focused on the development of electric architecture for data center power supplies.
Matthew Scherreik, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, won the Lockheed Martin Best Student Paper award for the third year in a row.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program information, outcomes, and requirements in the University Catalog.

The Ph.D. in EE allows students to customize the program for a concentration of study in specific areas of EE. 

  • Complete sixty semester hours of graduate coursework (numbered 6000 or above) beyond a Master’s degree
  • Complete twenty semester hours of graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering numbered 7000 or 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
  • Present research findings at a conference, submission of a manuscript to a journal and successful defense of dissertation research with written document approved by the committee

Credit will be given for requirement completion in graduate coursework.

Ph.D. in EE Program Guide (PDF)

Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)

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 Assistants 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 are 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

To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering or closely related field
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE minimum scores: quantitative 155, verbal 145 and AWA 2.5
  • Transcripts of all prior coursework
  • A written statement of research interests and objectives
  • Three Letters of Recommendation attesting to the student's potential for independent research
  • Proof of English Proficiency (International students)

Students not meeting established criteria may be admitted conditionally on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

All students who are interested in the Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School. Please read the Graduate School's application instructions and requirements carefully and complete the application for admission. Additional instructions for international students may be obtained from International Admissions.

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.


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