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Ph.D in Engineering with an Electrical Engineering Track
Electrical Engineering track of the Engineering PhD program provides a student with specialized training customized to meet his or her specific interests and goals. Faculty advisors work with each student to structure a graduate program consisting of traditional engineering study, complementary multidisciplinary studies, strong interaction between fellow engineering students, and high quality research. The program is based upon the research strengths of faculty. Students receive a Ph.D. of Engineering with an Electrical Engineering track.
The program recognizes that effective researchers should have extensive expertise in a specialization (track) coupled with a familiarity and awareness of related research needs and the context for applying that expertise. Students enrolled in the Engineering Ph.D. program will develop a broad and inclusive background in the chosen track while also working with faculty from related disciplines to create the interdisciplinary and integrative research paradigms necessary for comprehensive research. A principal goal of the program is to produce Ph.D. research engineers for careers that focus on the invention and development of new technologies and advances for the 21st Century and beyond. Activities to develop professional and personal skills are intended through a multidisciplinary emphasis to enable participants to 1) understand the ethical, political, and economic impacts of their research developments and policies and 2) improve their ability to communicate about complex technical subjects in both professional and general settings.
- Direct approved admission status to the Doctoral Program in Engineering requires a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of 3.3 or higher or a master of science degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- A minimum composite score of 550 on the paper-based or 85 on the Internet-based TOEFL for international students whose native language is not English is required for direct approved admission status to the Doctoral Program.
- In addition to meeting the general provisions in the UND graduate catalog and the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above, candidates are assessed using a holistic process that considers GRE test scores (students with a B.S. engineering degree from an ABET accredited program are not required to submit GRE scores), transcripts of previous college work, relevant research and work experience, letters of recommendation, research interests, and English language skills. Students must specify a track on their admission form to facilitate this evaluation.
- A student holding a non-engineering degree or who does not meet the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above, may apply to one of the Master of Science degree programs in the College of Engineering & Mines. Students successfully completing a UND M.S. engineering degree will be considered to satisfy the requirements of items 1-2 above. However, these students shall still be subject to the holistic evaluation process described in item 3 with the exception that new GRE test scores will not be required.
Students admitted to an engineering M.S. program but meeting the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above, may after one calendar year, and upon the recommendation of his/her advisory committee, request to by-pass the masters degree and work directly toward the Ph.D. degree. The recommendation of the advisory committee shall be brought to a vote by the program graduate committee relevant to the degree track requested by the student. A minimum of one week before such a meeting, the program graduate committee shall be notified and provided with the student’s updated file which shall consist of the materials used for application into the M.S. program, a transcript of all academic work completed at UND, and any additional materials the student wishes to have considered. If the recommendation is approved by the relevant graduate committee, the student will be given the qualifying exam for the specific track the student wishes to enter. Passing this exam will advance the student to Approved Status in the Doctoral Program in Engineering.
For more details on the Ph.D. in Engineering program, please refer to the UND online Academic catalog which is available on the Registrar's Office homepage.