Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD


Program Summary

Format: On-site

Locations: Potsdam

Credit Hours:


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

At the graduate level, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers programs of study leading to the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in electrical and computer engineering. Clarkson University also offers an off-campus PhD option designed to assist qualified non-resident candidates to matriculate at Clarkson University as doctoral degree candidates.


Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (beyond B.S.) corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, two of which must be in residence at Clarkson. A master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar work.
  • Minimum coursework: 39 credit hours total, 9 credit hours in a minor field, 6 credit hours outside the department, and 9 credit hours taken in residence at Clarkson. At least 21 hours of the coursework should be done with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one committee member being from outside the department of the thesis advisor.

Admission Requirements

For programs in Engineering, all PhD applicants need to show proof they have received a Master’s degree or are currently in a Master’s program before they can be admitted into a PhD program, with the exception of the Materials Science & Engineering program.  For more information regarding entry into PhD programs, please contact Jennifer Reed at jreed@clarkson.edu.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator

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