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Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Hobson, Dr. Rosalyn S.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Engineering
rhobson@vcu.edu
(804) 828-8308

Admission requirements summary

Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Indicate specialization: chemical and life science engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering, or mechanical engineering
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall



Spring
(no spring entry for computer science)
Deadline
dates:

Jun 1
(Feb 1 for
financial
assistance)
Nov 15
Test
requirements:

GRE

The School of Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with five tracks. The engineering program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Computer Science Department as well as those of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies. Research thrusts in the School of Engineering include computer science, life sciences, micro-nano technology, and manufacturing and design. Engineering Ph.D. degrees are interdisciplinary and provide a wide array of specialization areas including microelectronics, silicon fabrication, VLSI design, networks, embedded systems, image/signal processing, photonics/optical electronics, neural networks, MEMS, digital communications, micro-nanotechnology, smart materials and devices, robotics, manufacturing and design, polymers, biochips, biochemical and biological engineering, fuel cells, software engineering, parallel processing, databases, compiler theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These areas cross the discipline lines of computer science, chemical, electrical, and mechanical Engineering.

For students who want to study and conduct research in these areas or related areas, the following tracks are available:

Each track can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Students seeking to take course work and conduct their research in one of these tracks should contact the graduate program coordinator or program chair of the desired track for detailed information about that track.

Student learning outcomes for the chemical and life science engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and engineering tracks

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering.
  2. Communicate effectively: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  4. Graduates demonstrate abilities in research: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify pertinent research problems, to formulate and execute a research plan, to generate and analyze research results, and to communicate those results through oral presentations and written publications. Graduates will be able to creatively solve the research problems posed.

Student learning outcomes for the mechanical engineering track

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering.
  2. Communicate effectively: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

 

 

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