Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Computer Engineering prepares aspiring scholars and researchers to explore key areas within the computer engineering field, including computer architecture, integrated circuit design, photonic computing, high-performance computing, and network computing.

Students can expect to work closely with a faculty advisor in their chosen research area to create a curriculum plan and guidance for the doctoral dissertation. Students may also be expected to teach introductory-level courses to undergraduates, present conference papers, and work with faculty on research grant applications.

Program Requirements

Faculty Advisor & Research Focus

We strongly recommended that prospective doctoral students determine a faculty member in the department with whom they would like to work and a research area of interest. 

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Program Requirements

Please visit the GW Bulletin to see a description of the program requirements.

Program Entry

The department offers a Fall, Spring, or Summer semester program entry for its Ph.D. program. To apply for Summer semester entry for the Ph.D. program, the deadline is March 1. (By faculty advisor invitation only)

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution.
    • If the applicant has obtained a master’s, a minimum grade point average of 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0) is required.
    • If the applicant has only obtained a bachelor’s degree, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Demonstrated capacity for original research in the form of published research articles or conference papers.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.