Engineering class


Doctorate, electrical and computer engineering

Program requirements

The Ph.D. program requires a total of 24 post-master's credit hours of coursework, plus an additional 12 dissertation credits. (A master's degree is considered to be the equivalent of 24 coursework credits, so that the coursework requirement is the equivalent of 48 credits beyond the bachelor's degree, exclusive of dissertation credits.)

The only required courses for the Ph.D. program are EEE 6010 (Advanced Engineering Mathematics) and EECE 6020 (Probability and Random Processes in Engineering), typically taken in the first year of study.

With prior approval, a maximum of 12 semester hours of course work from other institutions or other programs may be transferred into a student's doctoral program. A course will be considered for transfer credit only if the grade is B or better and the course is acceptable for graduate credit at the institution at which it is taken.

Doctoral Program Planning Form

By the end of the first year of full-time studies, doctoral students must formally identify a research advisor and with their advisor's assistance complete a Doctoral Program Planning FormPDF icon, indicating a proposed set of courses for their program of study.

Written Qualifying Examination

Doctoral students are required to take the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) by the beginning of their third semester of study. The WQE is a written exam, administered twice per year, which must be passed to become a doctoral candidate and continue in the program. All details and procedures for the WQE can be obtained contained in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Rules and Procedures for the Ph.D. Written Qualifying Examination documentPDF icon.

Doctoral Committee Membership

Each doctoral committee consists of at least five members, mutually selected by the student and his/her advisor. The advisor is the committee director and must have a regular faculty appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Marquette. At least four members of the committee (including the director) must have regular or adjunct faculty appointments at Marquette, of which at least three must have regular, primary faculty appointments in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Doctoral Dissertation

Ph.D. candidates are required to complete an Outline for Dissertation, Thesis, Professional Project or Essay PDF icon for their dissertation and present an oral dissertation proposal to their committee by the end of their fourth semester of study. The outline must clearly convey the original research contribution of the proposed work.

Final Examination

At the end of the doctoral program, upon completion of the dissertation work and formal dissertation document, a public, oral final examination is given. The candidate must arrange a time and place on campus for the final examination and submit an Announcement of Final Public Examination for Doctoral DegreePDF icon to the Graduate School at least four weeks prior to its date.

Course Descriptions

For complete course descriptions, please refer to the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin.

Time limitations

All work for doctoral degrees, including the final examination, must be completed within six years from the start of the doctoral program . The average full-time student will complete the doctoral program within 4-5 years.


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Admission requirements

An M.S. degree or equivalent in an appropriate field of study is required for admission to Marquette's Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. program. (Applicants with bachelor's degrees must first be admitted to, and successfully complete, the M.S. degree program and then may continue into the Ph.D. program.)

All applicants should file the following documents with the office of the Graduate School at least six (6) weeks in advance of registration. No file is considered for admission until it is complete. See the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin for further details.

Financial aid and tuition

Five major categories of financial aid are available to degree-status graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students admitted on probation are not eligible for financial aid, but may be considered once probation has been removed. The term of financial aid is normally an academic year (10 months), but in some instances may be one semester (5 months) or one year (12 months). Only very limited amounts of financial aid are available during the summer.

Scholarships – Scholarships are available on a very limited basis through the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. These cover tuition only and range from 1 to 12 credit hours per semester. No service is required of the student in return for a scholarship.

Fellowships – Several fellowships are available through the Graduate School. Fellowships provide a stipend and, in some instances, tuition remission. No service is required of the student. Fellowships and traineeships may also be available from individual faculty members having external grants. Students are also urged to seek fellowship assistance available from various outside agencies, foundations, and other organizations.

Teaching Assistantships – Teaching assistantships provide students with a stipend and nine (9) credit hours or tuition remission per semester. In return, the students are expected to perform satisfactorily 20 hours of teaching-related assignments per week. Students with teaching assistantships are normally limited to a 10 credit-hour load per semester.

Research Assistantships – Research assistantships provide students with a stipend of nine (9) credit hours of tuition remission per semester. In return, the students are expected to satisfactorily perform 20 hours of research-related assignments per week. Students with research assistantships are normally limited to a nine-credit-hour load per semester. Research assistantships may also be available from individual faculty members having external research grants and contracts (stipend levels and tuition remission will vary with the funding agency).

Loans – Limited loan assistance is available to assist qualified students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the university. Students are eligible for student loans if they are attending the university at least half time and are in good academic standing. No applicant will be considered for loan assistance until he/she has been formally admitted to the Graduate School.

Students seeking financial aid other than loans are required to submit an application for financial aid to the Graduate School no later than February 15 of the academic year prior to the one for which aid is being sought (November 15 for the spring semester and April 15 for summer sessions). See the Marquette University Graduate Bulletin for additional details.

For even more information on financial aid opportunities, please visit Marquette Central.

Academic calendar

Applications are evaluated as soon as the candidate's admission file is complete. Applicants are informed of the Admission Committee's decision shortly thereafter. Those admitted to the program may begin their studies at the start of any semester during the year.

Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of their intended start date. Applications received less than six (6) weeks before the start of a semester might not be reviewed in time for enrollment that semester.

Apply online

To apply online for admission into the Electrical and Computer Engineering doctoral program, go to the Marquette University Graduate School’s online application.


For more information on the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, please contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies: Fabien Josse, Ph.D.


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