George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 3100
4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1569


Program Overview

The PhD program in electrical and computer engineering educates students to do original research on ECE topics and become technical leaders in their fields. Students may choose research areas such as communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, micro/nano-electronics, and bioengineering. The ECE PhD program requires course work, a qualifying exam, a teaching assignment, a dissertation proposal and research competency exam, a research seminar, dissertation research, and a dissertation defense. With a strong and growing department reputation for excellence, graduates have become professors at other universities and researchers in industrial and government research centers. 

Total credits:  72

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


The Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD program prepares students to do original research and to become technical leaders in their fields. Graduates become professors at other universities and researchers in various industrial and government research centers.

Students choose a research emphasis in areas such as:

  • Communications
  • Networking
  • Computer engineering
  • Control and robotics
  • Signal processing
  • Electronics
  • Bioengineering

Students work with faculty who have research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and other granting agencies, in addition to industrial sponsors.

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