All students enrolled in the doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering are required to pass a written qualifying examination. The purpose of this qualifying examination is to assess the student's broad background in ECE and ensure their capabilities for conducting doctoral work. This exam covers undergraduate EE and CPE course work.
Students who are classified as doctoral students must pass the qualifying examination within the first two years of full-time doctoral enrollment. Students enrolled in the doctoral program part-time have two years to pass the qualifying examination after completing 9 credit hours of course work.
The qualifying examination is given twice a year, each fall and spring semester, usually the first Saturday in October and the first Saturday in March, or as scheduled by the department. Students planning to take the qualifying examination must submit to the graduate program director a Qualifying Exam Form by September 15 for the fall semester and by February 15 for the spring semester.
In addition to students enrolled in the doctoral program, the following students may also take the qualifying examination:
- students enrolled in the M.S. program within the department
- senior undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher enrolled in the department
The ECE qualifying exam consists of a total of 25 problems, 12 problems form core courses in ECE and 13 problems from discipline-specific, upper-level areas. Each student must select a total of 8 problems (a minimum of two problems from upper-level areas) to work within a 4-hour duration for grading. Pass/fail results will be reported.
- Core Courses:
- ECE 3443 - Signal and Systems
- ECE 3313 - Electromagnetics I
- ECE 3323 - Electromagnetics II
- ECE 3413 - Intro to Electronic Circuits
- ECE 3414 - Energy Systems
- ECE 3424 - Intermediate Electronic Circuits
- ECE 3434 - Advanced Electronics Circuits
- ECE 3714 - Digital Devices
- ECE 3724 - Microprocessors
- ECE 3724 - Solid State Electronics
- CSE 2383 - Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms
- CSE 2813 - Discrete Structures
- Discipline Specific:
- Digital Computing (5 Problems)
- ECE 4713 - Computer Architecture
- ECE 4743 - Digital System Design
- ECE 4833 - Data Communications and Computer Networks
- ECE 4723 - Embedded Systems
- CSE 4733 - Operating Systems
- Signal Processing (2 Problems)
- ECE 4413 - Into to DSP
- Microelectronics (2 Problems)
- Power and Controls (2 Problems)
- Electromagnetics and Telecommunications (2 problems)