Electrical & Computer Engineering Roadmap


  • Enroll in courses and/or research (6-9 graded credits per semester)
  • Two credits of ECE 6094 seminar work are required of all PhD students
  • Maximum of six credits of ECE 6099 (independent study) toward the required credits


Semester 1: Advisor & Research

  • Enroll in at least 2 EE core courses
  • Discuss research interests with faculty
  • Begin work in research group
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prepare for general exams

Semester 2: Start Research

  • Enroll in research credits (GRAD 6950)and/or additional courses

Form an Advisory Committee

  • Choose 1 major advisor and 2 associate advisor
  • Note: advisory committee guidelines

Continue to Take Graded Courses Toward Your Degree

Complete Written General Exams and Submit Report to Graduate School

Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School (After 18 Credits Completed)

Upon Plan of Study Approval by Graduate School, Start Proposal

Dissertation Proposal/Oral General Exam

  • Provide a copy of proposal to advisory committee (1 week in advance of proposal defense or submission)
  • Defend proposal (Electronics, Computer Engineering, Power) or submit proposal for departmental review (Systems)
  • Submit proposal hard copy, dissertation proposal approval, and general exam forms to Graduate School (at least 6 months before final Ph.D. defense)

Prepare Dissertation

Complete Required Course Work


Apply for Graduation in Peoplesoft During Last Semester

Announce Final Defense 2 Weeks in Advance on UConn and ECE Event Calendars

  • Contact ECE department staff for calendar scheduling and announcement. 

Provide Dissertation to Advisory Committee 2 Weeks in Advance of Defense

Defend Dissertation and Obtain Signatures of Advisory Committee

Review Dissertation Submission Checklist in Link Above

Complete ECE Clearance Form

  • includes: submitting pdf of thesis, returning keys


  • Submit 1 electronic copy of dissertation to Digital Commons
  • Submit completed dissertation checklist, 1 approval page, final exam form, and receipt of earned doctorate survey to Graduate School