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Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)

Program Overview

The doctoral degree builds on a strong background in electrical or computer engineering. Subject areas covered will initially include circuits, controls, computer hardware and architecture, computer system structures, probability and random variables, programming systems and software engineering, signals, and systems. Additional emphasis areas may be planned for future offerings. This degree mirrors the program currently offered on Clemson’s main campus in requirements and expectations.


    • Entry with Prior Master’s Degree
      The Ph.D. degree, with a prior M.S. degree, must include a minimum of 42 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at the 6000-level, 8000-level, or 9000-level, including the following:

      • Exactly 18 credit hours of ECE 9910 (Ph.D. Dissertation Research)
      • A minimum of 24 credit hours of letter-graded coursework.
        • No credit for course work at the 7000-level can be applied towards the degree requirements.
        • No credit for MATH 6000 can be applied towards the degree requirements.

      The student must pass a final examination administered by his/her advisory committee, which includes at a minimum an oral defense of the student's dissertation. The advisory committee has the option of administering an additional written and/or oral exam on coursework, however.

      Direct Entry after Bachelor’s Degree
      The Ph.D. degree, without a prior M.S. degree, must include a minimum of 60 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at the 6000-level, 8000-level, or 9000-level, including the following:

      • Exactly 18 credit hours of ECE 991 (Ph.D. Dissertation Research)
      • A minimum of 42 credit hours of letter-graded coursework.
        • At least nine (9) credit hours of the letter-graded coursework must be for non-ECE courses.
        • No more than nine (9) credit hours of the letter-graded coursework can be at the 6000-level.
        • No credit for coursework at the 7000-level can be applied towards the degree requirements.
        • No credit for MATH 6000 can be applied towards the degree requirements.

      The student must pass a final examination administered by his/her advisory committee, which includes at a minimum an oral defense of the student's dissertation. The advisory committee has the option of administering an additional written and/or oral exam on coursework, however.

      Prerequisites
      Prospective students must have a strong undergraduate background in electrical or computer engineering. Exemplary applicants with an undergraduate degree in other disciplines may also be eligible for the program. Students should review their academic background with the graduate student services coordinator.

      Transfer Credit
      A maximum of one third (1/3) of the required graded coursework may be transferred. All transfer coursework must be approved by the student’s advisor and advisory committee prior to being included on the GS-2. Coursework eligible for transfer must be: from a regionally accredited institution, graded with a B or higher, and is subject to the Graduate School’s six-year time limit for validity. Coursework applied towards the requirements of a prior degree earned by the student cannot be used for transfer credit.

      Graduate School Course Catalog


    • Students enrolled in this program may optionally have the opportunity to conduct research in Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center (EIC), which is among the world’s most advanced energy systems testing and research facilities. The Wind Turbine Drive Train Test Facility at the EIC is capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. The EIC also houses the Duke Energy eGRID, a 15-megawatt grid simulator that allows an electrical device to perform as it would under actual conditions anywhere in the world. A wide range of additional research opportunities may also be available through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.


    • The GRE is required for application to the Ph.D. program. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to discuss the program requirements, curriculum, expectations and admissions process with the computer engineering graduate student services coordinator.

      To access the Graduate School application, click HERE


  • Cost information can be obtained by visiting the Tuition and Fees section of the Clemson Graduate School website.  Computer Engineering is a Tier 2 program.  


For More Information

Jennifer Gooch, Graduate Student Services
+1-864-656-5902
ecegrad@clemson.edu

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