Computer Engineering Doctoral Program Curriculum Overview

The computer engineering doctoral program provides opportunities for the Ph.D. student to proceed with professional development beyond the master’s level. The course work may be directed toward depth in the area of the master’s degree or toward depth in a new area related to that of the master’s degree. A design project of significance is required.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Conduct research in the design and analysis of computer hardware and software systems, digital and electronics systems, and wireless communication systems
  • Design models, algorithms, and architectures to protect information security
  • Apply computer engineering knowledge and techniques to solve a broad spectrum of engineering problems
  • Play a leadership role in both academia and industry

Degree Requirements

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 coursework beyond the master's degree. The preliminary requirements for the doctorate are regarded not as ends in themselves, but rather as preparation for the dissertation in which the student demonstrates ability. Each Ph.D. curriculum must also adhere to the institute wide standards listed in the academic catalog.

If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, please contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.

Qualifying Examination

Successful completion of a written qualifying examination is required.

Doctoral Dissertation and Advisory Committee

Within one year of passing the qualifying examination, the student must complete and defend a thesis proposal. A Ph.D. candidate may arrange for an advisor to assist in the development of the thesis proposal. The advisor must be a full-time ECE professor or professor emeritus. 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.