Summary of Ph.D. Degree Requirements
The following requirements include the course hours normally accumulated during the student's master's degree.
|Group I: ECE 6000 level classes in one or two TIAs:||
|Three classes in a combination of one or two technical interest areas of the student's choosing (All for letter grade credit).|
|Group II: ECE 6000-level classes||
|Nine hours of classes, all of which must be outside of and not cross-listed with the TIA(s) above. All for letter grade credit.|
|Group III: Minor in an area outside ECE||
|Nine hours of classes in a single discipline outside of ECE.
All for letter grade credit.
|Group IV: Electives||
|(Up to 12 MS thesis hours, recorded as such on an official transcript, may be used in this area)|
|ECE 8022 Professional Communications Seminar||
|Pass/fail. Permit required. Pass the preliminary examination to receive a permit.|
|PHIL6000 Responsible Conduct of Research||
|Pass/fail. Students entering PhD program in Fall 2011 or later and MS students who were admitted for Fall 2011 or later and then transition to PhD must take an RCR course to fulfill this requirement.|
|Total hours required||
In addition, there are a number of requirements imposed by the Institute. These include:
- Student must pass a Comprehensive Examination. In ECE, this is the combination of the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination and the dissertation proposal
- Students must be in the Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech for a minimum of 2 years.
- Student must have at least two semesters of full-time, on-campus enrollment.
- A minimum of 9 hours for letter grade must be taken at Georgia Tech.
- The training in the Responsible Conduct of Research consists of two parts: an online training (to be completed in the first 90 days of the program) and a class (PHIL 6000).
- The student must complete and defend a dissertation, for which prior approval of the topic is necessary.
- Once admitted to candidacy, the student must complete all degree requirements within 7 years.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Minor Field of Study: The minor is most often in mathematics or in computer science; a list of Math courses and a list of Computer Science courses acceptable for a Ph.D. minor are on the ECE web site. Minor courses in another area will be considered; however, minor courses in non-technical areas (for example, management) will not be approved.
Details of the degree requirements are in the ECE Graduate Student Handbook. To assist with planning when to take courses, visit the projected schedule of graduate classes page on the ECE web site and search for details about ECE classes on the ECE Course Information page.
Last revised on December 11, 2013.