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Engineering - Emphasis in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The ECE Emphasis further defines and focuses the student’s Program of Study. This PhD in Engineering - Emphasis in Electrical and Computer Engineering is offered by The University of Georgia.
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  • Coursework fulfilling the ECE Emphasis Area credit hour requirement for the Ph.D in Engineering or M.S. in Engineering degree may be chosen from one or more of the areas below. Courses will be reviewed each academic year and updated as needed to reflect new areas in the field. This PhD in Engineering - Emphasis in Electrical and Computer Engineering is offered by The University of Georgia.
  • Track 1: Control SystemsTrack 2: Electronics & PhotonicsTrack 3: Cyber-physical Systems.
  • Through this track, students can gain expertise in the analysis and design of controllers for complex, large scale systems. The need for improved safety and a cleaner environment have posed countless challenges that can only be addressed through the design and implementation of intelligent feedback controls. Numerous emerging applications for controls include cyber-physical systems (e.g., smart grids and intelligent transportation systems) and biological networks.
  • Students develop an understanding of the design and analysis of systems involving electromagnetic waves from RF electronics to photonic systems for signal processing and communication and optical systems for image capture and processing. High-speed communication and signal processing at gigabit speeds requires sophisticated electro-optic systems that must be understood at both the device and the systems level. Modern optical imaging systems use a wide variety of electrical and photonic technologies to achieve everything from imaging biological systems at the nanometer scale to imaging distant galaxies.
  • This track develops in students an understanding of engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems -- just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instrumentation programming
  • Computational intelligence
  • Optimization Theory and Applications
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Stochastic Control Systems
  • Microwave Photonics
  • Topics in Advanced Microscopy
  • Advanced Optics and Photonics
  • Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
  • Computational Nanomechanics
  • MEMS Design
  • Advanced Image Analysis
  • Real Time Programming
  • Haptic/Tactile Sensors
  • AR/VR 3D User Interface Design
  • Instrumentation programming
  • Computational intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  •  Advanced Topics in Information Systems
  • Advanced Network Security Systems
  • Advanced Image Analysis
  • Optimization Theory and Applications
  • Foundations of Informatics for Research and Practice.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Completion of a B.S. and M.S. with minimum GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) from an ABET accredited program or program in a related field
  • Official undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
  • Additional requirements may be applicable for admission to discipline-specific MS and and Ph.D Emphasis Areas offered through the College’s schools.
  • Exceptional and highly motivated students with a B.S. degree who have not completed an M.S. degree may apply for direct admission to a Ph.D. program provided they have demonstrated research experience. The student’s desire and suitability to enter a Ph.D. program should be clearly articulated in their statement of purpose and in accompanying letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1029 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1029 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    363 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 363 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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