The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering offers PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Systems Science & Mathematics. Research activity in the department is focused in the following three areas:
- Applied mathematics, systems & control
- Electronics & optics
- Signal processing, imaging & communications
Students working in any of these areas will enjoy the benefits of programs that balance fundamental theoretical concepts with modern applications. In our department, students find ample opportunities for close interactions with faculty members working on cutting-edge research and technology development.
Prospective PhD students with previous degrees in engineering who are interested in PhD studies and research in mathematics or statistics are encouraged to apply for PhD studies in Mathematics and Statistics. For more details, visit the Graduate Programs in Mathematics and Statistics webpage.
PhD in Electrical Engineering or Systems Science & Mathematics
The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis offers two PhD programs. Both the PhD in Electrical Engineering and the PhD in Systems Science & Mathematics are academic doctoral degrees designed mainly for full-time students interested in an academic, laboratory and/or industrial research and development career in a specialization within electrical engineering, systems, control or applied mathematics.
Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering or Systems Science & Mathematics must complete a minimum of 72 credit units of post-baccalaureate study consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University and the Graduate School. These 72 units must consist of at least 36 course units and at least 24 units of research and may include work done to satisfy the requirements of a master's degree in a related discipline. Up to 24 units may be transferred to Washington University from another institution.
Each candidate for the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and the PhD degree in Systems Science & Mathematics must do the following:
- Complete at least 36 credit units of post-baccalaureate courses.
- Complete the qualifying process (which includes a qualifying examination) and match with a research mentor before the second academic year of the program.
- Pass an oral preliminary research examination, to be completed within two academic years of completing the qualifying process.
- Satisfy the general teaching requirement as specified for the department.
- Write a doctoral dissertation that describes the results of original and creative research in a specialization within electrical engineering or systems science and mathematics.
- Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation research.
- Take ESE 590 Electrical & Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar each semester.