Electrical Engineering Doctorate Degree

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Doctorate Degree
Total Credits
Partially Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

The Doctor of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide specialization beyond the master of science (M.S.) degree in an area chosen by the student. The program includes in-depth instruction and research in an electrical engineering specialty and prepares the graduate to contribute scholarly work in the field. The prospective doctoral candidate follows a program of study closely formulated in consultation with a faculty advisor to meet the professional objectives of the candidate. The program requires coursework beyond the master's degree, research and a final dissertation as outlined below. Coursework can be completed via CVN after which the doctoral candidate pursues research requirements as specified by the faculty advisor. Courses are selected with a focus on any of the technological areas in which the department is strong, such as communications, information processing, solid-state electronics, integrated electronics, photonics, ultra-fast optics, VLSI systems, electromagnetics, or plasmas, as well as from related areas such as computer engineering and control systems.

The research areas of the faculty at the electrical engineering department can be viewed here.

All online learning, CVN included, requires tremendous diligence on the part of the student - but only with CVN could I get an Masters in engineering from an Ivy League school while working full-time on the West Coast.
Steve Schiveley, Intel

Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess a master's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science or other related field from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong academic record to be competitive for admission. 

Applicants to the doctoral program must find a research advisor who would be willing to direct them for the research component of the degree. A listing of current faculty members and their research interests is available in the Electrical Engineering Department's Faculty Research Guide. In order to facilitate finding an advisor, students can take courses as a non-degree student with a professor that specializes in their research interests.

Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

A student must obtain the master's degree (M.S.) before enrolling as a candidate for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree. Application for admission as a doctoral candidate may be made while a student is enrolled as a master's or professional degree candidate. The minimum requirement in coursework for the doctoral degree is 60 points of credit beyond the bachelor's degree. A master's degree from an accredited institution may be accepted in the form of advanced standing for 30 points of credit. Candidates can complete required coursework via CVN.


Departmental requirements include comprehensive written and oral qualifying examinations. Thereafter, the student must write a dissertation embodying original research under the sponsorship of a member of his or her department and submit it to the department. If the department recommends the dissertation for defense, the student applies for final examination, which is held before an examining committee appointed by the Dean. This application must be made at least three weeks before the date of the final examination. A student must have a satisfactory grade-point average to be admitted to the doctoral qualifying examination. Candidates should consult the department for additional details.

The candidate for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Science must submit evidence that his or her dissertation has been filed in compliance with requirements set by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The defense of the dissertation constitutes the final test of the candidate's qualifications. It must be demonstrated that the candidate has made a contribution to knowledge in a chosen area. In content the dissertation should, therefore, be a distinctly original contribution in the selected field of study.

Course List

Doctoral Research Instruction:

The following research requirements must be met by candidates for the Doctor of Engineering Science program:

  1. At the time the student begins doctoral research, the student is eligible to register for E9800 (3, 6, 9, or 12 points of credit). Twelve points must have been accumulated by the time the student is to receive the degree.
  2. Registration for E9800 must be according to the schedule prescribed above.
  3. Although 12 points of E9800 are required for the doctoral degree, no part of this credit may count toward the minimum coursework requirement of 30 points (or 60 points beyond the bachelor's degree).
  4. If a student is required to take coursework beyond the minimum requirements, the 12 points of doctoral research instruction must still be taken in addition to the required course work.
  5. A student must register continuously through the autumn and spring terms. Registration is also available during the summer session.

Completion of Requirements:

The requirements for the Doctor of Engineering Science degree must be completed in no more than seven years. The seven-year time period begins at the time the student becomes a candidate for the doctoral degree or a candidate for the professional degree, whichever occurs first, and extends to the date on which the dissertation defense is held

Tuition & Fees

2018 - 2019 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $2,018 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

Estimated cost of each nondegree course: $6,554
Estimated total cost of certification (four online courses) : $25,901

Estimated total cost of MS (ten online courses): $64,595
Estimated total cost of DES (ten online courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits) : $90,391

Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three credit course would be $6,054 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,554

For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.


Payment should be mailed to:

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