A Doctor of Philosophy in computer engineering signifies that the recipient has made original contributions to the field and is prepared for a leadership position in academia or industry.
In addition to having the opportunity to collaborate with world-class faculty and researchers, Ph.D. candidates at Stevens have access to a number of influential research laboratories:
- Embedded Systems and Robotics Laboratory
- Media Security, Networking and Communications Laboratory
- Robotics and Automation Laboratory
- Visual Information Environment Laboratory
- Wireless Information Systems Engineering Laboratory
- Wireless Networks Laboratory
Research areas often include wireless systems, multimedia systems, information systems and intelligent systems. To compliment a rigorous academic program, Stevens encourages entrepreneurship and cultivates partnerships with a variety of agencies in the New York metropolitan area — including organizations at the forefront of mobile technology, computational intelligence and medical imaging systems.
Ph.D. candidates must have an extraordinary intellectual background that demonstrates the potential to perform independent research. Although all candidates are reviewed on an individual basis, the doctoral program generally requires a master's degree in electrical or computer engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
The Ph.D. degree requires 84 credits, with a maximum of 30 credits that can be applied from a previous master's degree or from any other graduate courses subject to the approval of an advisor. All Ph.D. candidates must take at least 30 credits of thesis work and at least 20 credits of course work beyond the master's degree.
Successful completion of a written qualifying examination is required before a Ph.D. candidate may arrange for an advisor to assist in the development of a thesis proposal. The advisor must be a full-time ECE professor or professor emeritus. Once a suitable topic has been found and agreed upon with the advisor, the student must complete and defend their thesis proposal within one year of passing the qualifying examination. The proposal must indicate the direction that the thesis will take and procedures that will be used to initiate the research. Some preliminary results are often included in the proposal. In addition, the proposal must include the results of a thorough literature search.
A committee of at least three faculty members, chaired by the thesis advisor, must accept the written thesis proposal and conduct an oral defense presented by the doctoral candidate.
All Ph.D. candidates who are working on a thesis must have a thesis committee chaired by the thesis advisor. The committee must include at least three full-time faculty members or professors emeritus of the ECE department, and one regular faculty member from another department. In addition, it is permissible and encouraged to include a highly-qualified person from outside of Stevens. The committee must approve the completed thesis unanimously. After the thesis has been completed, it must be publicly defended.