The Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. will give students the opportunity to learn about how to build devices and systems that will sense, communicate, store and compute information. During this time, students will become fully immersed in the field by completing coursework, conducting research, and participating in teaching internships.
The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University offers the dual degree Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in conjunction with:
Students in the ECE/Portugal Ph.D. Program will undertake a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical or computer engineering. During the course of obtaining the Ph.D. degree, pupils will create and disseminate knowledge of electrical and computer systems.
Admission criteria for the ECE/Portugal Ph.D. Program are identical to current ECE Ph.D. admission standards.
In the ECE Ph.D. Program, students usually spend the first year in Portugal doing course work at one or more Portuguese Universities. The second year is spent at CMU where students take additional course work and develop their research. The next two years are divided between CMU and Portugal and are used for the student to further develop their thesis research while also engaging in teaching internships. The fifth and last year is usually spent in Portugal focusing on thesis research conclusions and preparation for the defense.
In order to assist and guide students, an advisor from both Carnegie Mellon and Portugal will be assigned to work in tandem in order to create and define a project for their student, as well as advise which classes to take based on the student’s academic goals and background.
The course structure requirements and contents at CMU are available at the College of Engineering website.
The thesis will be co-advised by at least two co-advisers, one from CMU and one from a Portuguese partner University
Type of Degree
The student will be awarded with a dual degree Ph.D conferred by CMU and another by the Portuguese partner University. During the Ph.D., the student should comply with the regulations of both Universities.
* GRE test: On the following website you can register for the GRE test. In Portugal, this test can be taken in Lisbon and Coimbra. To meet the application deadline, we recommend applicants to take the required tests by September. GRE Scores are valid for five years; older scores will not be considered.
** Fluency in English: The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. More information can be found on the following website.
*** Degree recognition: If the degree was obtained in a foreign institution the candidate must require the equivalence or the recognition of the degree according to the Portuguese law, through DGES or a Portuguese higher education institution. More information here.
More information on admission requirements at the CMU ECE Department are available here.