Carnegie Mellon University

PhD in ECE

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Students in the ECE PhD program are provided with a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering. Students will create and disseminate knowledge of electrical and computer systems during the course of obtaining the PhD degree. Upon enrollment in the department, students, with the help of a faculty advisor, define an education and research program consistent with their background and best-suited to their own academic goals.

Other programs


Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)

ECE PhD students interested in the neural basis of cognition can apply to the CNBC's Graduate Training Program, which allows students to combine neuroscience and engineering in an interdisciplinary training program.

The Information & Communication Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon (ICTI@CMU)

The Information and Communication Technologies Institute is an international "virtual" institution with poles in Portugal (ICTI@Portugal) and at Carnegie Mellon University (ICTI@CMU). Interested students may apply for doctoral study in ECE through the ICTI. Those accepted will take courses that have been approved by the Carnegie Mellon ECE Department at a partner institution in Portugal.


Established as a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), ECE/Thailand will provide cutting-edge engineering research and education in Southeast Asia.