Doctoral Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rutgers School of Engineering’s research-driven doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) focuses on original contributions in six specialized concentrations – communications engineering; computer engineering; digital signal processing; software engineering; solid state electronics; and systems and controls – to prepare graduates for leadership positions in academia and industry research laboratories.

Applied Learning

Our world-class faculty members are actively engaged in research in areas ranging from wireless systems and virtual reality technologies to hardware and software engineering, signal processing, and machine learning. They will guide and mentor you through the research process, from problem formulation to publication in top-tier journals, from filing patent applications to technology transfers.

Curriculum Highlights

Our curriculum includes a broad menu of foundational and advanced  courses designed to provide the training needed to support state-of-the-art research and industry employment. We offer:

  • A supportive and academically stimulating environment that promotes students’ individual and professional growth
  • Specialized areas of study in:
    • Computational sensing
    • Networking
    • Cybersecurity
  • Access to job and internship opportunities in New York City’s financial hub
  • Research collaboration and internship opportunities with top industry and national research labs and  peer academic institutions

Doctoral Degree Requirements

  • 72 credits – including at least 36 credits in graduate coursework, 24 credits of research leading to the Ph.D. dissertation, and an additional 12 credits from either coursework or research
  • Enrollment in four semesters of Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Qualifying exam
  • Dissertation proposal and defense

Why Rutgers ECE?

  • Our innovative courses and programs are designed to train academic and industry leaders.
  • Our collaborative, interdisciplinary academic community is committed to transformative education and research that is ethically responsible and sustainable.
  • Our active student community is engaged in cutting-edge research.
  • Our accomplished faculty includes internationally recognized experts in their fields, who span departments and schools within Rutgers.
  • We seek to provide internal and external opportunities to fund our students’ graduate education.
  • Master’s degree students can continue to their doctoral studies seamlessly.

Academics and Research

  • Students enjoy many opportunities for research under the guidance of our expert faculty.
  • Students learn and conduct research with state-of-the-art equipment in cutting-edge labs and centers, including:
    • Center for Autonomic Computing (CAC)
    • Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory (CSPL)
    • Microelectronics Research Laboratory (MERL)
    • SiCLAB
    • Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB)
  • ECE research results in publication in high-profile publication in leading journals; patented technologies; and funding support from external sources and industry partners.

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