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    Feb 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 72 (Post-bacc); 42 (post-master’s)
Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 14.1001
Dept. Code: EGE
Major/College Codes: EEL EN
Approved: 1982

Contact Information

College: Engineering
Department: Electrical Engineering

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Department of Electrical Engineering offers both doctoral and masters level degrees. The major areas of research and instruction in the Department are: semiconductor materials, microelectronic manufacturing, MEMS, nanotechnology, VLSI design, digital signal processing, communication theory, wireless communications, microwave engineering, power systems and controls, and biomedical materials and imaging. The Department’s research efforts are supported by well-equipped laboratories in the areas of silicon processing, compound semiconductors, electro-optics, IC design, thin dielectric films, communications and signal processing, power systems, nanotechnology, MEMS, micro/millimeter waves, biomedical materials and imaging, and bioengineering.

Current and previous Ph.D. dissertations explored the areas of microelectronics (materials and devices of elemental and compound semiconductors, circuit design, modeling, testing, and reliability); communications and signal processing ( communication networks, packet switching, satellite communications, communications software, and VLSI for signal processing); systems and controls; solid state material and device processing and characterization; electro-optics, electromagnetic, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering (antennas, devices, systems); and biomedical engineering. Master’s majors include options in semiconductor materials and processes, VLSI design, communications and signal processing, power systems and controls, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE (with preferred minimum scores of Q> 155 (61%) , V>146 (28%) )
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Statement of Purpose

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours:
72 post-bacc
42 post-masters

Note: Students entering the doctoral major with an earned master’s degree from another institution, other than USF, must take at least nine (9) credit hours of 6000 level EE courses at USF. The student’s supervisory committee is responsible for evaluating his/her overall transcript to ensure that the distributional requirements are met.

Please contact Electrical Engineering for additional information

The student’s supervisory committee is responsible for evaluating his/her overall transcript to ensure that the following distributional requirements are met:

Program of Study


Core Requirements (30 Credit Hours)


Minimum 30 hours formal regularly scheduled graduate course work in the engineering area of study, or other graduate courses associated with electrical engineering as approved by the Graduate Director. (not necessarily electrical engineering courses)

Mathematics and Statistics (9 Credit Hours)


Minimum 9 hours in graduate level mathematics or statistics courses (not necessarily math department courses).

Electives/Directed Research/Independent Study (13 Credit Hours)


Dissertation (20 Credit Hours Minimum)


Each Professor will have his/her own section for dissertation hours.

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