ECE - Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

Program Contact Information:
Questions related to the specific requirements of the Computer Engineering graduate program can be addressed to Dr. Hamid Sharif (

The Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering is a unified program with an emphasis in Computer Engineering. The time necessary to complete the doctoral degree varies greatly, but three to four years beyond the MS degree is typical. A Ph.D. supervisory committee, in consultation with the student, arranges an appropriate program of study for completion of the doctoral requirements. A minimum of 90 graduate credit hours (including transfer hours from an approved M.S. degree) beyond the B.S. degree is required for a doctoral degree. At least 45 hours must be completed at UNL, and 27 credit hours must be completed within 18 consecutive months to satisfy the Ph.D. residency requirement.

In addition to graduate course work, doctoral students must complete a written Ph.D. dissertation with an oral presentation and defense. The dissertation topic must be approved by the supervisory committee and the Graduate Committee Chair. The dissertation itself should reveal a capacity to perform independent research and should represent a significant advancement of knowledge.