The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Electrical Engineering prepares graduates for industrial or academic research in one or more of these areas:

  • Communications and Electromagnetics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Electronics and Electronic Materials
  • Power Systems
  • Solid State Devices
  • Telecommunications and Networking

Admission Requirements

Considering our program? You’ll need to meet the university requirements as well as the ones for our program (listed below).

If you’re an international student, you’ll need a degree from a school of higher learning authorized to grant degrees in your country.

The minimum requirements for admission into the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering are:

  • Completed Graduate Application and fee ($30). Apply Now
  • A GPA of at least least 3.3/4.0 in the applicant’s Master’s degree
  • Official GRE Scores. School code: 5206.
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  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Resume
  • International Students must Submit a total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or a 6.5 overall on the IELTS

Credentials of all other applicants including those with foreign degrees and those with B.S. degrees in other disciplines will be examined by the Graduate Committee. Additional credentials that will be considered include, but are not limited to, work experience, awards and recognitions, publications and presentations, and other professional experience. You are encouraged to submit a detailed resume with your application.

Send your application and related documents to:

Florida International University
College of Engineering and Computing
10555 West Flagler Street, EC 2430
Attn: Graduate Admissions, Dean’s Office
Miami, FL 33174-1630, USA

You’ll be informed of the final admission decision when the Graduate School and the Faculty Committee of the academic department have reviewed your file.


As a prerequisite to registration, Florida International University requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and German measles (Rubella).

International Students

In addition to meeting all the admission requirements of FIU and the academic program, international students must obtain a student visa to attend classes in the United States.

Application Deadlines

Apply early! Submit your application and supporting documents by the Priority Consideration deadline dates.

Florida Residents

To claim in-state tuition, you must provide copies of two of the following documents showing Florida residency for at least the last 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester:

  • Florida voter registration information
  • Florida driver’s license or state ID
  • Florida vehicle registration information

You may also submit one of the documents above, accompanied by copies of at least two of the following documents:

  • Lease, rental or mortgage contract
  • Letter from utility company (Electric, telephone, cable, etc.)
  • Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
  • Bank letter (indicating activity in account for 12 consecutive months)
  • Professional License
  • Current Florida Public School contract
  • In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (last 12 months)
  • Active Duty military orders
  • Warranty Deed
  • Declaration of Domicile


Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships

FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for a Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering you must:

1. Satisfy all University requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree
2. Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by your advisory committee
3. Identify your research area within 12 months of acceptance into the Ph.D. program
4. Complete 78 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree, or 48 beyond a Master’s degree
5. Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in your program of study.
6. Successfully pass a written qualifying examination
7. Admission to candidacy by completing all required coursework
8. Successfully prepare and defend a formal dissertation proposal
9. Complete one academic year of full-time residency
10. Successfully prepare and complete a minimum of 24 hours of research dissertation
11. Successfully submit and defend the final research dissertation

Course requirements

1. A total of 78 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree, or 48 beyond a Master’s degree
2. At least 12 credits of Ph.D. Course Breadth Requirements
3. At least 12 credits of course work at 6000-level of major field of interest
4. Registration for Advanced Research is allowed only after passing the written comprehensive examination
5. Registration for EEL 7980 (Research for Doctoral Dissertation) is allowed only after you are admitted to candidacy. At least twenty-four dissertation hours are required
6. At least 24 credit hours of 5000 or 6000 level electrical engineering courses
7. Fifty percent of the hours accumulated have to be at the 6000 and 7000 levels

Major Areas of Specialization

* Communications and Electromagnetics
* Computer Engineering
* Digital Signal Processing
* Electronics and Electronic Materials
* Power Systems
* Solid State Devices
* Telecommunications and Networking

Grades and Credits

No course in which a grade below a ‘C’ is earned may be counted toward a Doctoral degree.

Residency requirements

The Ph.D. student must spend at least one academic year in full-time residency. Usually, this will be after being admitted to candidacy. To satisfy the residency requirement for a Ph.D. E.E. degree, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours within a period of 12 months in residency at the University.


Time Limit

The maximum length of study is 7 years for students admitted with a B.S. degree and 6 years for students with an M.S. degree. For students who have not completed their studies within these limits, the length of study may be extended on a yearly basis after petition by the student and approval by the student’s supervisory committee. Any extension beyond nine years must be approved by the University Graduate School.

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Need help? Get in touch:

Mais Kayyali
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Phone: 305-348-2535
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2429

Sara-Michelle Lemus
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 305-348-1890
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2430

Non-Degree seeking students
A student is allowed to take classes as a non-degree seeking student while in the process of gaining acceptance into the graduate program they wish to pursue. The maximum amount of credits that may be later applied to the program is 12 (4 classes).