Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Wichita State University Degree Requirements

The PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a degree designed mainly for students interested in pursuing an academic and/or industrial research and development career in a specialization offered by the department. The department offers research opportunities in several areas of specialization, such as Control Systems, Communications & Signal Processing, Energy & Power Systems, Computer Networking, Computer Systems & Architecture, and Algorithms & Software Systems.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the EECS PhD program requires a completed master’s or bachelor's degree, with a grade point average of at least 3.25, in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field.

Applicants holding a master's degree should apply for admission into the program code G10G. If needed, students admitted into this program code may find a suitable PhD advisor after beginning their program.

Applicants holding just a bachelor’s degree should apply for admission into the program code G10H. Students are admitted into this program code only if some EECS faculty member judges them as exceptional, and is willing to be their PhD advisor from the very start of their program.

All applicants are required to submit official GRE General (Aptitude) Test scores. Evidence of ability to carry out independent research and present it in written English is desirable. Each applicant is evaluated individually.

The process of applying to the program and other eligibility criteria, such as TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international students, are the same as already established by the Graduate School of the Wichita State University. A minimum overall score of 79 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS is required for admission into any graduate degree program at WSU.


The EECS PhD program requires 84 hours of post-bachelor’s courses. These include 30 hours of PhD dissertation for students admitted directly after a bachelor’s (in the G10H program), or 24 hours of PhD dissertation for students admitted after a completed master’s (in the G10G program). Students in the G10G program may transfer, towards the required 84 hours, up to 36 hours of courses taken previously as a graduate student at a regionally-accredited institution (or equivalent international institution). Such transferred courses must be traditional courses that are not thesis, project, or dissertation.
At least 60 percent of all hours, including dissertation, taken as a PhD student must be at the 800-level or above. The post-bachelor’s non-dissertation coursework of all PhD students must contain the following:

  1. At least 15 hours of courses in the student's chosen major area of specialization. Currently available major areas are: (a) Algorithms and Software Systems, (b) Communication and Signal Processing, (c) Computer Networking, (d) Computer Systems and Architecture, (e) Control Systems, and (f) Energy and Power Systems.
  2. At least 6 hours of courses in the student's chosen minor area of specialization. A minor area may or may not be from any of the above major areas.
  3. At least 6 hours of courses in mathematics or statistics. Courses in each of the above three categories must be distinct.

PhD students must also pass Comprehensive Examinations in their major and minor areas, the Dissertation Approval Examination, and the Final Dissertation Examination. Details of these exams are at the beginning of the College of Engineering chapter of the WSU catalog.