Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)

ECE Laboratory

Why get a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering?

Our electrical engineering Ph.D. program prepares students for a career in academia, industry and national laboratories. The training offered in our program increases the breadth and depth of students’ electrical and computer engineering knowledge and helps them develop the specialized skills in areas including, but not limited to,biomedical engineering, human-computer interaction, wireless communication, integrated circuit design, cybersecurity, control system and robotics, sensor design, wearable electronics, image processing, Internet-of-Things, computer architecture, and medical instrumentation.

Why study electrical and computer engineering at UNH?

Our graduate programs are flexible,allowing the student to choose a wide variety of courses and research projects.Our students work with award-winning faculty to investigate cutting-edge research topics and pursue their career goals. During the academic year and summer, a large number of our graduate students receive financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships and scholarships. The ECE Industrial Advisory Board(IAB) is comprised of representatives in a wide range of companies, who actively offer internships and full-time positions to our students. Upon completion of their programs, many of our graduates move on to work in various positions including industry, academia and postdoc research fellowships at other institutions.During academic years, a large number of students work in the UNH Interoperability Laboratory and study computer communication.

Potential career areas

  • Academia
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Automotive industries
  • Biomedical engineering Integrated circuits and systems design industries
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Medical IoT
  • National laboratories
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductor industries
  • Smart sensors and devices in artificial intelligence
  • Telecommunication industries

Contact

Qiaoyan Yu

Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1546
Office: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W215, Durham, NH 03824
Electrical and Computer Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall Room W201
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824

Phone (603) 862-1357
Email: ece.dept@unh.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

Our graduate programs are quite flexible allowing the student a wide choice of courses as well as research topics. Many students work in the UNH Interoperability Laboratory and study computer telecommunications. Others work in such diverse fields as ergonomics in the workplace, automation of medical equipment, designing and improving the reliability of advanced integrated circuits, wireless communication systems, image processing, alternative energy systems, improvement of manufacturing equipment and modeling antenna patterns at airports. 

The degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in electrical and computer engineering is conferred on qualified candidates who have passed the qualifying examination and candidacy examination in their field of study, who have completed an original investigation in this field and have embodied the results in an acceptable dissertation, and who have passed an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. The degree of Ph.D. is a research degree. It is not given merely for the completion of course credits. Detailed information can be found on the ECE departmental website.

  • Students will master the theoretical concepts or/and practical implementation in advanced aspects of biomedical engineering, human-computer interaction, wireless communication, integrated circuit design, cybersecurity, control system and robotics, sensor design, wearable electronics, image processing, Internet-of-Things, computer architecture, and medical instrumentation.
  • Students will have an advanced understanding of the mathematical methods, both analytical and computational, required to solve complex problems in the general field of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Students will be proficient in collecting and analyzing data using contemporary laboratory equipment.
  • As a result of our two-semester ECE900 courses, students will develop and demonstrate proficiency in the use of library searches along with interpreting and presenting technical information found in those searches.
  • Students will have a specialized knowledge of their chosen field of advanced research relating to electrical and computer engineering.
  • Students will be able to present advanced scientific ideas effectively in both written and oral form.
  • Students will be well prepared for postgraduate study in electrical and computer engineering and related disciplines, as well as advanced careers in a multitude of fields ranging from scientific and technical to financial.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required only for students with a baccalaureate degree from a non-U.S. university. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from the U.S. may request a waiver using our waiver process. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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