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Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

The Ph.D. in electrical engineering offers research applications in renewable energy and biomedical engineering, giving students expertise in interdisciplinary topics nand numerous possible career paths.

Program at a glance

Application deadlines

  • Fall enrollment: March 15 (International applicants), June 15 (U.S. applicants)
  • Spring enrollment: Aug. 15 (International applicants), Nov. 15 (U.S. applicants)

Admissions requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (M.S.), 3.5 (B.S. only)
  • Minimum GRE: 301
  • Minimum TOEFL: 550

Graduate Program Director: Banmali Rawat,

Why choose this Ph.D. in electrical engineering?

Department faculty are actively engaged in research on a range of topics within electrical engineering, with a particular focus on applications related to biomedical engineering and renewable energy. In the area of renewable energy, faculty research focuses on smart grid, grid integration and wind turbine technologies. Faculty with expertise in biomedical applications focus on image processing, device design and sensor technology.

Graduate course work and research opportunities are available in a range of areas, including:

  • Antenna design and analysis
  • Biosensors and actuators
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Biomedical image processing
  • Control systems
  • Electric power generation and distribution
  • Optical fiber communications/sensors
  • Microprocessor design and applications
  • Microwave integrated circuits
  • Renewable energy integration and smart grid applications
  • Robotics
  • Wireless networks and communications

Learn more about our faculty research expertise.

How do I apply?

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in electrical engineering should meet the following requirements:

  • GRE: Combined GRE (V + Q) scores of 301
    • Quantitative GRE scores of 156
    • Analytical GRE score of 3.5/6
  • GPA: Students with MS degree: 3.0 for both M.S. and B.S. Students applying with only a bachelor's degree must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • TOEFL: 550

Applicants who don't have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering must show competency in circuits and signals and systems. They can either complete a specified undergraduate course in these topics or show mastery by completing an exam. Exceptions to these requirements may be made for students who show excellence in one or more areas of electrical engineering. Students who do not meet admissions requirements may be admitted provided they complete a prescribed program of remedial classes.

Prospective students can start their application through the Graduate School website, which also provides detailed instructions on the Graduate School's application and admission requirements. The College of Engineering will waive application fees for students with qualifying test scores. For details, please see the Grad Fee Waiver page.

Is funding available?

Doctoral students are eligible to apply for a teaching or research assistantship as well as one departmental scholarship.

Teaching assistantships are available to students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and are awarded by the department. Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty. You can learn more about graduate assistantships on the Graduate School website.

Students can also apply for The Turner Fellowship. Contact the department at for application information.

Visit the pages below to learn more about other sources of graduate school funding:

What's next?

To begin your application, visit the Graduate School website. To learn more about the Ph.D. in electrical engineering, please contact the graduate program director.

Banmali Rawat, Ph.D.
Electrical Engineering Graduate Director
(775) 784-1457
Office: Scrugham Engineering and Mines 330

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Reno, NV 89557

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