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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Electrical Engineering (EEL)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.1001
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department (EGE)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Andrew Hoff
Phone: 813-974-4958


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Program Information

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers both doctoral and masters level degrees. The major areas of research and instruction in the Department are: semiconductor materials, microelectronic manufacturing, MEMS, nanotechnology, VLSI design, digital signal processing, communication theory, wireless communications, microwave engineering, power systems and controls, and biomedical materials and imaging. The Department's research efforts are supported by well-equipped laboratories in the areas of silicon processing, compound semiconductors, electro-optics, IC design, thin dielectric films, communications and signal processing, power systems, nanotechnology, MEMS, micro/millimeter waves, biomedical materials and imaging, and bioengineering.

Current and previous Ph.D. dissertations explored the areas of microelectronics (materials and devices of elemental and compound semiconductors, circuit design, modeling, testing, and reliability); communications and signal processing (communication networks, packet switching, satellite communications, communications software, and VLSI for signal processing); systems and controls; solid state material and device processing and characterization; electro-optics, electromagnetic, microwave and millimeter- wave engineering ( antennas, devices, systems); and biomedical engineering. Master's programs include options in semiconductor materials and processes, VLSI design, communications and signal processing, power systems and controls, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering, and biomedical engineering.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE Required (with preferred minimum scores of Q>155 (61%), V>146 (28%)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL score of 550; 213 on computerized test; 79 internet based exam
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours 72 post-bac
  42 post-masters

The student's supervisory committee is responsible for evaluating his/her overall transcript to ensure that the following distributional requirements are met.







Minimum 30 hours formal regularly scheduled graduate course work in the engineering area of study, or other graduate courses associated with electrical engineering as approved by the Graduate Program Director (not necessarily electrical engineering courses).

Mathematics and Statistics
Minimum 9 hours in mathematics or statistics courses (not necessarily mathdepartment courses).

Electives/Directed Research/Independent Study
Minimum 13 hours.

EEL 7980 Dissertation (20 hours minimum)
Each Professor will have his/her own section for dissertation hours.

Total Hours: Minimum 72 Hours Total Beyond B.S. Degree.

Note: Students entering the doctoral program with an earned master's degree from another institution, other than USF, must take at least nine (9) credit hours of 6000 level EE courses at USF. The student's supervisory committee is responsible for evaluating his/her overall transcript to ensure that the distributional requirements are met.

Please contact Electrical Engineering for additional information



College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EEL6908, EEL6910, EEL6932, BSC7980,