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College of Engineering

Doctoral Program

A graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering, with several distinct concentrations throughout five departments. Doctoral candidates in engineering and computer science will find tremendous support for their research and careers in our faculty, who are renowned as champions for their students.  

Ph.D. Concentration Areas Include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In addition to performing guided research in selected research topics, our Ph.D. students participate in a wide range of scholarly activities:

  • publishing peer-reviewed research articles as primary authors
  • presenting papers and posters in national and international research and educational conferences
  • designing and fabricating new laboratories
  • participating in research proposals
  • mentoring undergraduate and M.S. students

Admission Requirements

The College of Engineering’s graduate program admissions are administered jointly with Tennessee Tech’s College of Graduate Studies.

For university graduate program admission requirements, application procedures, admission to candidacy, degree requirements, and other details, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.

Bachelor’ Degree to Ph.D. Admission

Though the general requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a master's degree in an appropriate discipline, students with a bachelor's degree may be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly (Direct Ph.D.) on an exceptional basis if the students has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or better and a record of excellent academic performance in an appropriate engineering undergraduate program. In addition to meeting the criteria for admission, the applicant's test scores, personal recommendations and relevant work experience must indicate a high potential for success in doctoral studies and research.


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