Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Ph.D. in ECE

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

Other programs


Silicon Valley campus Ph.D.

Students may earn a Ph.D. in ECE with a focus on mobility, security, wireless sensors and networking offered through the new CyLab Mobility Research Center and many other research programs located at the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus. Additional information about The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) can be found here.

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)

ECE Ph.D. students interested in the neural basis of cognition can apply to the CNBC 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.

Carnegie Mellon - KMITL

The Carnegie Mellon - KMITL (CMKM) program is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a leading engineering university in Thailand. The program includes intensive study in electrical and computer engineering with the opportunity to specialize in data science, security, cyber-physical systems, software engineering, and mobility.