Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D.

Oakland’s Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering equips you to create the technology of the future.

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland’s electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. stands out for its combination of deep specialization and interdisciplinary expertise. Our faculty and students are actively involved in some of the most exciting frontiers in electrical and computer engineering research, including (but not limited to) autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, bioengineering, digital signal processing, pattern recognition, and mechatronics.

The electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. program gives you access to:

  • Distinguished faculty. You’ll work with prominent researchers who are solving key problems in electrical engineering and computer engineering. Our faculty includes national experts in robotics, signal and image processing, energy, control systems, microelectronics, and other specialties.
  • Institutional partnerships. Oakland University has close R&D partnerships with government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. These relationships routinely yield significant funding and employment opportunities for our electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students.
  • Elite facilities. The School of Engineering and Computer Science operates more than a dozen state-of-the-art labs on campus. You’ll work in professional-caliber environments equipped with the most advanced instrumentation, software, and prototyping capacity.
  • Applied, hands-on training. You’ll develop practical expertise that sets you apart in the job market and in the workplace. Employers are routinely impressed by our electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. graduates’ ability to fuse theory with practice.
  • Immediate career opportunities. Our electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students routinely have multiple job offers upon graduation. You’ll have excellent opportunities for employment in academia, government, and/or private industry.

What Can You Do With an Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D.?


Oakland University’s Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering equips you for leadership careers in industrial or governmental research and development, as well as academic roles.

Southeast Michigan is a global hub for many high-tech industries, and employers aggressively recruit Oakland’s Ph.D. students. Our graduates have an outstanding record in the job market, going directly into jobs in industries such as:

  • Automotive
  • Communications
  • Energy
  • Health care
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software
  • Embedded Systems
  • Robotics
  • Academic research and teaching
  • Government research
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Manufacturing

Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a minimum of 80 graduate credits, comprising at least 56 credits of graduate coursework and at least 24 credits of dissertation research.

You can choose to focus your studies in any of the following seven areas:

  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Controls
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Energy
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Signal Processing

Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. Program Resources

Programs Related to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D.

Not sure if the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is right for you? Check out these other degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science and Informatics
  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • M.S. in Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  • M.S. in Embedded Systems