Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge of computer systems and technologies, Carnegie Mellon offers the joint Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering with its partner institutions: the Instituto Superior Técnico, the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências, Engenharia Informática e Tecnologias da Informação, the MAP-I Consortium (Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Electrónica, Telecomunicações e Informática, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, Faculdade de Ciências, Departamento de Ciência de Computadores and the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra.

Typically encompassed within a five-year program, students have the opportunity to study with faculty from their home institution as well as Carnegie Mellon. During their course of study, which typically means two years in Pittsburgh and three in Portugal, students learn about how to build devices and systems that will sense, communicate, store and compute information. During this time, students will become fully immersed in the field by completing coursework, conducting research, and participating in teaching internships. All of these individual components will eventually culminate in a doctoral thesis that the students publicly defend.

Completing coursework from the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate course offerings as well as taking classes in three of eight defined technical areas, students gain breadth as well as depth. In order to assist and guide students, an advisor from both Carnegie Mellon and Portugal will be assigned to work in tandem in order to create and define a project for their student as well as advise which classes to take based on a student’s academic goals and background. Additionally, students that enter the ECE Ph.D. program without a Masters Degree will have the chance to petition for an M.S. after completion of the appropriate coursework.

Students accepted to the Ph.D. in ECE receive full tuition scholarships and a living stipend.

To apply, click to the secure ECE online application.