Dual Degree: Doctor of Philosophy - Electrical Engineering & Master of Science - Mathematical Sciences

The dual Ph.D. EE and M.S. MAT program of study is designed for those who want to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or a career in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in applied mathematics. The program prepares graduate students with complementing educational components covering electrical engineering and mathematics, which is the basis of all engineering.

The culminating experience in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is centered about developing new knowledge focused around a specific theme embodied in the form a well-written and orally defended dissertation. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNLV offers a number of program options leading to the Ph.D. degree in the Field of Electrical Engineering. Specific major areas of study currently available include: Communications, Computer Engineering, Control System Theory, Electromagnetics and Optics, Electronics, Power Systems, Signal Processing, and Solid State Materials and Devices.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate strong technical knowledge in electrical engineering field by successfully completing course work, by passing a qualifying exam and a comprehensive exam, and by integrating knowledge learned in this course work into a dissertation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn independently and generate new knowledge by completing creative novel work and reporting on this work in a dissertation which should include:
    • A hypothesis (or hypotheses)
    • A motivation
    • A set of objectives and goals
    • A critical literature review
    • A theoretical, experimental and/or modeling study
    • A conclusion
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing at an acceptable level of proficiency by completing a well written dissertation and presenting the work in their dissertations during an oral dissertation exam.

Graduate Catalog

The graduate catalog is the official repository of graduate program requirements, graduate program handbooks, and Graduate College policies.