Doctor of Philosophy
Main Campus - Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

Admission Requirements

Admission to doctoral study is granted to a limited number of applicants who have received master's degrees in computer engineering from accredited institutions or from international institutions that provide suitable preparation for doctoral-level studies.

The doctoral program in computer engineering can be completed with a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master's degree; however, typically 48 to 54 credit hours are necessary. A list of elective courses is available on request.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering is conferred primarily in recognition of creative accomplishment and ability to investigate engineering problems independently, rather than for completion of a definite course of study. The work should consist of advanced studies and research leading to new knowledge and significant contribution to a chosen research area. In addition, to demonstrate the achievement of new knowledge in the field, a publication in a professional journal of conference proceedings is required.

General degree requirements are presented in the Academic Overview section of the catalog.


Coursework and Dissertation Summary   
Doctoral coursework minimum beyond the master’s degree 24
Doctoral research and dissertation 24


A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree and at least 24 credit hours of Dissertation Research (ECE 6999) are required.

The student's advisor and the department head must approve a program of study. A wide degree of latitude is allowed in course selection and research interest within the capability of the university and the student's academic background. This requirement is imposed at the discretion of the doctoral committee.

After admission to doctoral candidacy, a yearly seminar demonstrating progress must be presented to the graduate faculty.