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Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #107 (WUR) Charlottesville, VA, United States
The Computer Engineering Program offers a Ph.D. degree, the primary focus of which is a dissertation describing publishable quality research (directed by a faculty advisor) of significant depth. 
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The field of Computer Engineering incorporates both Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Science (CS). Computer engineers design, program, produce, operate, and maintain computer and digital systems.

 They generally apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to the design of hardware, software, networks, and processes to solve technical problems. The Graduate Degree offered in the Computer Engineering program at the University of Virginia will prepare you to utilize your academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in computer engineering.

 Our degrees are interdisciplinary which allows our students to work with researchers in a wide variety of areas across the Engineering School.

The primary focus of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in the Computer of Engineering Program is a dissertation describing publishable quality research (directed by a faculty advisor) of significant depth. 


The University of Virginia is an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ("SACSCOC" or the "Commission"). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Qualifying Exam Format

We have identified a set of six research areas from which each candidate will be required to select a primary research area and two secondary areas for the examination. The areas are:

  •  Computer architecture and high-performance computing
  • VLSI, System on chip; low power design
  •  Distributed systems; Dependable and Secure computing; software engineering
  •  Cyber-physical systems; Embedded, Autonomous, Mobile and Robotic Systems
  •  Machine Learning; NLP; Vision, Image and Signal Processing
  •  Networks and Internet; Internet of Things; Cloud computing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

The application includes:
  • Transcripts of all academic work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant’s Statement of Purpose essay.
  • $85 application fee
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose native language is not English 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    526 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 526 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    526 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 526 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    526 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 526 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Charlottesville

  • 990 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science offers financial support to graduate students through assistantships and fellowships ordinarily consisting of a stipend and payment of all tuition and fees including health insurance. Most superior students in research degree programs (Master of Science and Ph.D.) can expect to receive aid of some kind for up to five years, though support will vary by department and funding source. Students must be nominated by their department to be considered for a fellowship or assistantship. Students receiving financial aid from the School of Engineering and Applied Science must be registered as full-time graduate students during the period of the award, defined as at least 12 credits of lecture-laboratory courses and/or research during the academic year, must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and must also maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree. Graduate research assistants must register for a minimum of 6 credits of research during the summer term. Students receiving financial aid are not permitted to have other employment without approval of the Office of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Students are awarded financial assistance to enable them to devote maximum effort to graduate studies. Financial aid for graduate students is available in several forms:

  • Graduate Research Assistantships
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Special Fellowships
  • GEM Fellowships
  • John H. and Dorothy W. Sidebottom Fellowship is offered to graduate students majoring in aerospace engineering.
  • John Bell McGaughy Graduate Fellowship is offered to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science selected by the dean or his designee.
  • L. William Ballard, Jr. Fellowship is offered to a graduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities, and financial need.
  • The ARCS Fellowship

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