NMSU: Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Mexico State University
Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
 
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Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Programs

PhD Degree Program

The Doctor of Philosophy program in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering builds to the required doctoral dissertation. A dissertation project in the Klipsch School provides a research environment for either experimental and/or analytical investigation that has sufficient depth to allow the investigator to demonstrate independent and original work. A distinguishing feature of the doctoral research is the recognition of the state-of-the-art as well as research style in the research field. The doctoral research must establish a perspective on how the results fit into the existing body of knowledge.

The doctoral dissertation also provides evidence of independent research leading to some original results, conclusions, or applications. The dissertation must show through references to published articles that the results and conclusions are original. Original results or conclusions represent the extension of known knowledge or new methods for applying known theories.

Students may and generally do receive considerable help in selecting the direction of the dissertation project. However, each student must demonstrate the ability to perform and communicate independent research, leading to new results. The dissertation should result in one or more published papers in peer reviewed journals. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student is expected to be capable of formulating and conducting a research program in industry, federal laboratories, or academia.

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam

Passing the Qualifying Examination is the gateway to being admitted to the doctoral program. A student may not register for dissertation credits (E E 700) until after the Qualifying Examination has been passed.

Passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam implies passing the MSEE Coursework Option Final Exam; however, it is necessary to request a separate letter from the department if someone who passes the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam also needs credit for passing the MSEE Coursework Option Final Exam.

Specifics about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Qualifying Examination can be found here. The Qualifying Examination is given by the Klipsch School faculty and not the student's committee.

GRADUATE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

The NMSU Graduate School has general requirements for graduation and time tables for submitting required paperwork during your program of study and prior to graduation. Consult the Graduate School Catalog for more detailed information.  In particular, review the Graduate School Doctoral Degree Checklist for required paperwork and the Graduate School Academic Calendar for applicable deadlines.  Many of the necessary forms can be downloaded from Graduate Students Forms.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PH.D.

Option 1 - Ph.D. with completed MS degree

  1. Complete undergraduate deficiency coursework, if the student admitted has both master's and bachelor's degrees in fields other than electrical engineering.   Complete the Klipsch graduate Core classes if the student does not have a MSEE degree from NMSU.
  2. Complete a minimum of 18 credits beyond the master's of graduate course work with the following restrictions:
    1. EE courses must be numbered 500 or higher.  Non-EE courses must be 450 or higher.
    2. At least half of the 18 credits must be taken in the Klipsch School (EE).
    3. At most 6 credits may be research, for example, EE600, Doctoral Research, and EE590 courses that are not listed as regular courses in the schedule.
    4. Exclude credits of EE 700 Doctoral Dissertation.
    5. If the MS degree is not EE, exclude credits from graduate deficiency coursework.

Option 2 - Direct Ph.D. with BSEE or equivalent, but no MS degree

  1. Complete three graduate core courses, listed in the Klipsch graduate Core of classes for PhD students.
  2. Complete a minimum of 42 credits of graduate coursework, including the three graduate core courses with the following restrictions:
    1. At least half of the 42 credits must be numbered 500 or higher.
    2. At least half of the 42 credits must be taken in the Klipsch School (EE).
    3. At most 9 credits may be research, for example, EE600, Doctoral Research, and EE590 courses that are not listed as regular courses in the schedule.
    4. Exclude credits of EE 700 Doctoral Dissertation.
    5. Exclude credits from EE490, CS457/467/477/487, SPCD470/490, COMM485, and ENGL577.
    6. At least half of the credits must be taken with other than a single professor.

Common Requirements for all Ph.D. candidates

  1. Take and pass the Ph.D. qualifying exam.
  2. Submit to the Department Head a PhD EE Record Check and the Program of Study and Committee for Doctoral Students. The Graduate School requests that the Program of Study be filed after the student has completed 12 credits of coursework.  Please note that the program of study requires a total of 30 graduate credits, excluding EE 700, Doctoral Dissertation.  Eighteen of those credits are from item 2.  The balance (12) may come from the master's degree at NMSU or elsewhere, graduate deficiency courses from item 1, or other graduate coursework.
  3. Pass a comprehensive examination.  The examination must be part written and part oral.  The specific format of the exam is at the discretion of the examination committee. It may cover course work, include a proposal for dissertation research, and may be preceded by a written exam.  Prior to taking the comprehensive exam, submit to the Department Head the Doctoral Examination Form form.
  4. Complete of minimum of 18 credits of EE 700 Doctoral Dissertation.  A student may not enroll in EE 700 prior to passing the Qualifying Examination.  At least 9 of the 18 credits of EE 700 must be taken after completing the Comprehensive Examination.
  5. Complete a doctoral dissertation within five years of taking the Comprehensive Examination.
  6. Complete the research publication requirement.
  7. Pass a final oral exam which defends the dissertation. The dissertation defense is open to the public and must be held in a lecture hall, such as Thomas and Brown Room 104.  Prior to holding the dissertation defense, submit to the Department Head a PhD EE Record Check and the Doctoral Examination Form form.  In addition, students must submit to the Department Head a 1-page abstract which includes (a) the advisor's name, and (b) the date, time, and place of the final oral exam. PDF format for the abstract is preferred.