PhD Written Qualifier Examination
The purpose of this examination is to determine whether the student has sufficient knowledge of the EE principles which are essential for conducting advanced research toward a PhD degree.
It is best described as an examination to test the student on knowledge of the principles of electrical engineering at the first year graduate level and at the junior and senior undergraduate levels. Each PhD student must take and pass the examination within four (4) semesters of admission to the department.
Those who enter the Electrical Engineering program at the University at Buffalo SUNY - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences after completing an MS degree in EE at UB, must take this examination within 12 months.
The PhD Committee
Soon after a student passes the PhD qualifier exam s/he will form a committee of faculty members who will work with the student closely on dissertation research. By the time the student is ready for the PhD Advanced Examination (Prelim) s/he should have determined, at least in approximate terms, a research area, and should have identified a faculty advisor who is willing to supervise the work.
This faculty advisor, sometimes called the "major professor" or "committee chair," will ordinarily head the committee that administers the advanced examination, defense of dissertation research proposal, and dissertation defense.
The major professor must be a member of the Graduate Faculty. This committee must include at least three other members of the university faculty who hold the rank of Assistant Professor or higher in the University Faculty.
The major professor can help identify faculty members who share an interest in the topic, and who would be willing to review the dissertation and serve on the examining committee.
Students graduate from the program having demonstrated, by means of their dissertations, their ability to make original and significant contributions to the fields of:
- Signals, Communications and Networking
- Optics and Photonics
- Solid State Electronics
- Energy Systems
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesElectrical Engineering Electronics & Embedded Technology General Engineering & Technology View 148 other PhDs in General Engineering & Technology in United States
- GRE & TOEFL Scores
- Statement of Purpose Essay
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Online Recommendation Letters
- Application Fee
International23100 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 60 months.
National23100 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 60 months.
In-State11310 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 60 months.
Living costs for Buffalo
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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