Carnegie Mellon University

PhD in ECE in Washington, DC

Dual degree

The ECE/Howard University dual-degree program is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, a leading university located in Washington, DC. The program includes intensive study in electrical and computer engineering with the opportunity to specialize in data science, security, cyber-physical systems, software engineering, or mobility.

Graduates of the program will earn two degrees: one from Carnegie Mellon and one from Howard University. Students will be reviewed and must be admitted by each institution as per its admissions requirements.


Students in the ECE/Howard University PhD program will undertake a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering. During the course of obtaining the Ph.D. degree, students will create and disseminate knowledge in their chosen area of study.

Degree timeline

The ECE/Howard University PhD program is a four- to six-year program. Students must spend a minimum of three semesters at each location.

Faculty advising

Students will be supervised by one (or more) faculty advisor(s) from Carnegie Mellon University and one (or more) faculty advisor(s) from Howard University, who will create and define a research project for each student to complete in pursuit of their degree. Advisors will also assist with course selection and other elements of the PhD program based on the students' background and academic goals. All requirements of the current ECE PhD program apply to the ECE/Howard University PhD program.

About Howard University

Established in 1867, Howard University is a historic, private research university located in the heart of Washington, DC. Among its many accolades, the National Science Foundation has “ranked Howard as the top producer of African-American undergraduates who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees.” The department is pleased to partner with Howard University to assist in developing talented researchers and students alike.