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Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18.0 units in coursework and a thesis.


  • Six 3-unit 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.
  • Additional coursework may be required


  • Registration in 900-level THES

Ethics Requirement

Engineering students must complete FGSR ethics requirements based on their programs.

Professional Development Requirement

Engineering students are required to:

  1. complete FGSR’s professional development requirement, which includes an individualized career plan document called an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and eight hours of professional development activities inspired by their career plan;
  2. complete professional development requirements specific to the Faculty of Engineering:
    1. students doing their first graduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta are required to complete an ENGG Grad PD 01 module; or,
    2. students doing their subsequent graduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta who have completed ENGG 600 and/or ENGG Grad PD 01 in a previous graduate degree are required to complete four hours of professional development in the areas of communication, networking, EDI, university teaching, and career development. These hours must be included in the student’s IDP and approved by their supervisor/advisor and the department graduate coordinator.

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.