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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

PH.D. Programs

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The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of Kansas offers two Ph.D. programs. To view the degree requirements for either of the doctorate degree programs offered select the associated discipline below.

Computer Science

Fortune 500 companies to start-ups hire KU Computer Science Ph.D. graduates for their abilities to invent, engineer, and deliver innovations. Many EECS Ph.D. students are supported through graduate research or teaching assistantships. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the wide range of research projects, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by experienced faculty produce Ph.D. graduates ready to make immediate contributions to their field. Employers value our graduates for their specialization and skills. EECS graduates work in computing, telecommunication, energy, transportation, and numerous other industries.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Computer Science (Ph.D.CS) normally possess a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Students with good preparation in another engineering field, mathematics, or science may qualify for the program by taking appropriate additional undergraduate courses. Such courses normally do not count toward the graduate degree. Lists of specific prerequisite courses can be located here.

  • GPA: at or above 3.5 on a 4 point scale (mean GPA: 3.6).
  • GRE: 146+ verbal, 155+ quantitative (mean GRE: 152 verbal, 163 quantitative).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).

Explore: Early Admission - Fast Track

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • GRE scores (school code 6871).
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.


Research Clusters

Computer Science Ph.D. students are encouraged to choose a research cluster and dissertation topic as early in the graduate program as possible and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work.

Associated Research Clusters

Explore: Graduate Research

Electrical Engineering

Fortune 500 companies to start-ups hire KU Electrical Engineering Ph.D. graduates for their abilities to invent, engineer, and deliver innovations. Many EECS Ph.D. students are supported through graduate research or teaching assistantships. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the wide range of research projects, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by experienced faculty produce Ph.D. graduates ready to make immediate contributions to their field. Employers value our graduates for their specialization and skills. EECS graduates work in communication, healthcare, defense, and numerous other industries.

Explore: Program Profile

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Dotorate of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.EE) normally possess a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Students with good preparation in another engineering field, mathematics, or science may qualify for the program by taking appropriate additional undergraduate courses. Such courses normally do not count toward the graduate degree. Lists of specific prerequisite courses can be located here.

  • GPA: at or above 3.5 on a 4 point scale (mean GPA: 3.6).
  • GRE: 146+ verbal, 155+ quantitative (mean GRE: 152 verbal, 163 quantitative).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).

Explore: Early Admission - Fast Track

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • GRE scores (school code 6871).
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.


Research Clusters

Electrical Engineering students are encouraged to choose a reserach cluster and dissertation topic as early in the graduate program as possible and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work.

Associated Research Clusters

Explore: Graduate Research