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Engineering | School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Doctoral Degree Programs

Our electrical engineering programs remain highly recognized—ranked 31 by U.S. News and World Report in 2019.

Stephen M. Phillips

Professor and School Director

Doctoral students are involved in a variety of research activities and have access to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the electromagnetic anechoic chamber, the wireless communications lab and the integrated circuit fabrication clean room.

Application Deadlines

For admission in the fall semester for any ECEE program, you must apply by the preceding December 31. All applications materials must be received by December 31. Admission results should be available by March 15.

For admission in the spring semester for any ECEE program, you must apply by the preceding July 31. All applications materials must be received by July 31. Admission results should be available by October 15.

Ph.D. Programs Admission Requirements
  • Applicants with a master’s degree who wish to be considered for the doctoral program must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a four-point scale) in their electrical engineering master’s program.
  • International applicants not from a US ABET accredited school must score 156 or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE General Test and must have a master’s degree.
  • Applicants without a master’s degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate course work and have graduated from a US ABET-accredited undergraduate program. Strong students from reputable international programs may be considered for the direct PhD program if they have a PhD graduate advisory committee chair that will support them with at least a 0.25 RA position.
  • Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring at least 90 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or an overall score of at least 60 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).  International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU administered SPEAK Test.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required. They are part of the online application package. Your resume is not required.

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Financial Support

Various forms of financial support are available to new and continuing graduate students including teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. These opportunities may be accessed through each academic unit as well as individual faculty members. In addition to the opportunities listed below, learn more about financial aid.

Dean’s Fellowship

The ASU Electrical Engineering program offers the Dean’s Fellowship to outstanding new doctoral students. Total awards exceeding $27,500 per year for four years are available. In addition to the cash award, the fellowship covers tuition, insurance, and a position as an RA in a research program of interest.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Apply and be admitted to ASU’s doctoral program in electrical engineering.
  • United States citizenship required.
  • Have a bachelor of science degree with a 3.6 GPA or better from an accredited electrical engineering program.
  • Attend the Recruiting Day function at ASU*.
  • Applicants from women and minorities are encouraged.

If you meet these requirements and wish to be considered, contact Professor Joseph Palais, Graduate Program Chair,

* Recruiting Day will usually be in late February. Visits with faculty and students and facility tours will be scheduled. All expenses will be paid for those invited. Attendees should arrive in Tempe the previous day (Thursday) and may fly home Friday evening or sometimes Saturday. Transportation, housing and meals will be covered.

Teaching/Research Assistantships

Various forms of financial support are available to new and continuing graduate students through teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. Learn more


Electrical engineering graduate program three-year plan

Below is a listing of graduate classes to be offered over a period of about three years.  It is useful for  preparing the program of study (iPOS). The listings show all the classes by area, which is also needed in preparation of the iPOS. Tempe campus offerings and online campus offerings are shown separately.


View Tempe campus and online 3-year Plans

Please see the ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures for additional information.

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Master's students (Fall 21st day 2018)

PhD students (Fall 21st day 2018)

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