Dec 04, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021 
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Degree of PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★18.5 in coursework and a thesis.


  • Six ★3 graduate-level courses
    • Course requirements depend upon individual circumstances and must be approved by the Associate Chair – Graduate Program.
    • Emphasis is on research leading to a thesis of high calibre.
    • The student's supervisory committee will recommend courses to be taken by the student to make up for course deficiencies and to support thesis research.
  • ENGG 600  (★0.5)- Engineering Ethics and Integrity
  • Additional coursework may be required


  • Registration in 900-level THES

Ethics Requirement

Engineering students meet their ethics requirement through ENGG 600  and the FGSR Graduate Ethics Training (GET) course.

Professional Development Requirement

Engineering students must meet their Professional Development requirement through the completion of two courses, registration for which is through eClass. Contact the Department for further information.

Candidacy Exam

PhD students must undergo a Candidacy exam. The Candidacy exam must be held within two years from the initial registration in the program. All course requirements must be completed before the exam takes place.

Academic Standing Requirement

Students in the doctoral program are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher before proceeding to their candidacy examinations.

Failure to maintain the required cumulative GPA will normally result in a recommendation by the Associate Chair – Graduate Program to FGSR that the student be placed on academic probation  or required to withdraw.

Students whose average is above 3.0 but below 3.3 may be recommended for change of program category into the MSc program.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program will vary with the individual candidate; however, four to five years is typical.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.