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College of Engineering and Computing

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering

Break new ground. Publish world-changing research. If your aim is a career in academia or in an industrial or government research and development laboratory, you’ll need to earn the highest degree an electrical engineer can get. Complete a research-based dissertation, grounded in 48 hours of coursework, in just four years beyond your B.S. degree.

Fields of Specialization

Thesis research can generally be conducted in any sub-discipline of electrical engineering coinciding with the research interests of our faculty, which include these topics:

  • Power systems
  • Power electronics
  • Simulation environments for power electronics and interdisciplinary systems
  • Microwave power amplifier and MOS devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors
  • Growth device processing, and characterization of wide bandgap (SiC and GanN) semiconductors
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Electromagnetic scattering
  • Wireless communication applications
  • Outdoor and indoor wave propagation
  • Millimeter-wave integrated circuits
  • Microwave and antenna design
  • Electronic packaging



Admission is competitive. Normally, applicants are expected to have an earned baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering with at least a B average, and to meet any other entry requirements of the Graduate School. Admitted students generally will have GRE scores higher than 153 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative) . Students whose native language is not English must submit suitable TOEL scores (generally above 80 computer-based score). (Entry requirements are subject to change. Please check the Graduate School page shown below under admissions process for the latest information.)

Application Process

All applications must be submitted to the Graduate School of the University of South Carolina. The Graduate School provides helpful information on the admissions application process and even lets you know what to do before you apply.

Application Deadlines

For students seeking assistantships

  • Spring semester: September 1
  • Summer or Fall semester: March 1

For students not seeking assistantships

  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer or Fall semester: July 1

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