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EE Ph.D. Program Introduction

EE Ph.D. Program Introduction


EE Ph.D. Program Introduction





(December 22, 1999)

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to the student in pursuing his/her Electrical Engineering (EE) Doctorate. The student should also read and be aware of the general requirements for graduate study at the University of Louisville as contained in the Graduate Catalog.


The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is structured to be in strict conformity with the curricular requirements of the University of Louisville Graduate School. Completion of the program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours beyond a master's degree in electrical engineering. The curriculum includes coursework in advanced mathematics, in-discipline technical electives, and additional program electives. The curriculum structure is summarized in Table 1.

Table 1 - Minimum Curricular Requirements of the Program.



Requirement Semester Hours
In-Discipline Electives
Program Electives
Total (minimum) 48



The mathematics requirement of six hours provides the analytical background necessary to complete the demanding program of study and research in advanced engineering topics. Approved mathematics electives are drawn from both the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and the Mathematics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Candidates must take 15 graduate level semester hours of in-discipline (electrical engineering) electives and 9 graduate level semester hours of program electives chosen from other departments in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and/or from other departments in the University as determined in consultation with the dissertation advisor. Together, the in-discipline electives and program electives must support the candidate's research effort and constitute an integrated program of study.


When their programs of directed research are expected to depend materially upon a second language, applicants for the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering will be required to demonstrate proficiency in that language, and if necessary, foreign language course requirements may be imposed. The student's advisor and the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee must approve individual course plans. Catalog descriptions for the courses listed in Table 3 are included in Appendix A. Other courses may be included in a program of study with the approval of the student's advisor and the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Studies Committee. Table 4 provides a semester-by-semester course sequence for a typical student.


The objective of this program is to prepare the student for practice, research and/or teaching of electrical engineering at the advanced level. Upon the completion of the program, the student should be able to analyze a broad range of advanced problems in his or her field of specialization and determine the appropriate analysis technique or solution. It is necessary that the student be able to implement the technique or solution, using the tools available to him or her, whether that is design and simulation using computers or paper and pencil analysis. It is expected that the student will publish his or her dissertation research in at least one refereed publication in a national or international journal.

Contact Information

For admission applications and additional information on financial assistance, contact:

Lisa Bell, EE Ph.D. Program Secretary
llbell02 (at) louisville (dot) edu
W.S. Speed Hall, Room 200
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292


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