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Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

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University rank #601 (WUR) , AL,
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers graduate programs of instruction and research leading to master and doctoral degrees.


Instruction is offered and research facilities are available to support graduate study in control systems & robotics, digital signal processing and communications, wireless engineering, electromagnetics modeling and analysis, microelectronics & microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), power systems, digital systems, and computer engineering. Additionally, individualized programs that cross the traditional boundaries of engineering, mathematics and the sciences can be accommodated.

The Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of the mastery of a special field of learning as shown by the satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study and investigation, the successful passing of qualifying examination covering the undergraduate materials and general examination covering the major and minor fields, the preparation of an acceptable dissertation reflecting high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation, and the passing of a final examination on the dissertation and related subjects.

The degree is a research degree. It is not conferred merely upon fulfillment of technical requirements, but awarded in recognition of the ability to think and work independently, originally, and creatively in a chosen field.

The applicant should hold a masters degree or its equivalent in electrical engineering or related fields from an institution of recognized standing though one with an exceptional credential, who does not have a masters degree, may apply. All applicants must submit GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores for the General Test (and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores in case of international applicants).


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications and all other relevant material must be received by the Graduate School at least 45 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. International applicants should submit all required materials at least 90 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

There are three examinations that must be taken and passed at various stages of the doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering:
  • The Qualifying Examination
  • The General (Preliminary) Examination
  • The Final Examination (Dissertation Defense)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or provide proof of equivalent training from a recognized academic institution outside the United States. Equivalency is determined by international evaluators in the Graduate School.
  • The applicant must be in good standing.
  • The applicant must submit standardized examination scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS) if required for application to the degree program. Applicants with an earned doctorate (Professional, EdD, PhD) from an accredited institution whose instruction is in English may be exempted from this requirement.
  • The successful applicant normally will meet one of the following: a) a GPA of at least 2.75 on all undergraduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree; b) a GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree; or c) an acceptable GRE or GMAT score as determined by the program to which the applicant applies.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit: 1) TOEFL scores of at least 550 on the written test (213 on the computer-based test); 2) 79 on the Internet Based Test with at least 16 in each section; 3) IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5; or 4) demonstrate English proficiency during an oral examination (interview) satisfactory to the examining committee and approved by the graduate dean.
  • The applicant must be recommended for admission by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s area of study. Departments may (and frequently do) establish higher standards than those described here, and may require that applicants submit additional materials. Applicants should contact the department to which they seek admission for information about additional requirements.
  • The applicant must disclose all institutions beyond secondary school, including Auburn University, which the applicant has previously attended; similarly, all course work and/or degrees must be disclosed. Withholding information requested on the application for admission, including attendance at any other institution, or giving false information, may make the applicant ineligible for admission to the university or subject to dismissal.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    46330 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46330 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    29158 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29158 USD per year and a duration of  .
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Living costs for Auburn

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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