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Electrical Engineering

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

You can participate in the current technological revolution and be a high-tech-job-creating entrepreneur by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas.

UNT has the only program in the region concentrating in these areas, which are well-aligned with social, industrial and governmental pressing needs. In our program, you can focus your studies toward the following new thriving research and business fields:

  • Intelligent wireless sensor networks using sustainable green technology in Communication and Signal Processing
  • Energy efficient power-aware antennas and circuit designs in Radio Frequency and Mixed-signal Circuit Design
  • Large scale complex land and airborne networks and cyber-physical systems in Systems and Control

A unique and innovative feature of the program is the integrated entrepreneurship component. We're the first program in the nation to feature this requirement at the Ph.D. level, purposely engaging you in entrepreneurship and the creation of intellectual property and patent development. This in-depth knowledge helps you move your original ideas and results to the marketplace smoothly. You'll earn a minor in Entrepreneurship from the College of Business in addition to your doctoral degree.

Our faculty members are well-known for their expertise, innovative spirit and emphasis on university- industry collaboration. Their research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the MITRE Corporation and local industries, among others.

Engineering classes and research are conducted at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility located four miles north of the main campus and served by a free shuttle. It brings together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to facilitate the potential for creativity, collaboration and technological innovation.

The College of Engineering constantly assesses its degree programs with an eye on tomorrow's marketplace.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is a pioneer in developing project-oriented curricula, allowing the application of knowledge to tangible real-world needs.

Research facilities and laboratories

The department houses several state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories that provide you practical and advanced hands-on experience. Some labs and instrumentation from other departments are also available for interdisciplinary work. They include the:

  • Analog, RF and Mixed-Signal Design Laboratory
  • Autonomous Systems Laboratory
  • Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Computer-Aided Design Laboratory
  • Speech, Music and Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Vision, Robotics and Control Systems Laboratory
  • Wireless Systems and Sensor Networks Laboratory

You'll also have direct access to the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, the UNT Nanofabrication Cleanroom and the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling.

For specific details about each lab and available research equipment, visit the engineering website.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the general admission requirements for the graduate school and a specific set of program requirements:

  • Acceptable GRE or TOEFL scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • Personal statement that highlights your background and career plans

Admission is based on a holistic review of your academic background and work experience. Completed admission applications must be received by the department by March 1 for the fall semester and by Oct. 1 for the spring semester.

The graduate school's admission requirements are outlined at the grad school website.

Degree requirements

The most significant accomplishment of a Ph.D. graduate is an original dissertation that advances the discipline, opening opportunities for new applications. The basis of the research reported in the dissertation is supported by an advanced set of courses that includes:

  • 6 credit hours of core Electrical Engineering courses
  • 9 credit hours of required Entrepreneurship courses
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed Electrical Engineering core electives
  • 6 credit hours of free electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation
  • 3 credit hours of individual research

For students entering with a bachelor's degree, the requirements include:

  • 12 credit hours of core Electrical Engineering courses
  • 9 credit hours of required Entrepreneurship courses
  • 12 credit hours of prescribed Electrical Engineering core electives
  • 18 credit hours of free electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation
  • 9 credit hours of individual research

Financial assistance

There are several scholarships, teaching fellowships and assistantships and research assistantships available to help you pursue your graduate degree.

Completed assistantship applications must be received by the department by March 1 for the fall semester and by Oct. 1 for the spring semester.

Information about federal financial assistance is available at the financial aid website.