Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4-6 years
Credit Hours:

42 (with prior M.S.) 72 (with prior B.S.)
Become a high-tech-job-creating entrepreneur of tomorrow with UNT’s first-of-its-kind Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program.
An integrated entrepreneurship component is a unique and innovative feature of this doctoral program. We’re the first program in the nation to feature this requirement at the Ph.D. level, purposely engaging you in entrepreneurship and in the creation and use of intellectual property and patent development. You'll earn a minor in Entrepreneurship from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business in addition to your doctoral degree, providing you in-depth knowledge that helps you move your original ideas and results to the marketplace smoothly.

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Why earn an Electrical Engineering Ph.D.?

The department houses several state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories that provide practical and advanced hands-on experiences. They include:

  • Analog/Mixed-Signal Design and Simulation Laboratory
  • Autonomous Systems Laboratory
  • Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory
  • Embedded Sensing & Processing Systems Laboratory
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering Laboratory
  • Optimization, Signal Processing, and Control Algorithm Research Laboratory
  • Power Electronics and Renewable Laboratory
UNT's Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering offers a concentration in Biomedical Engineering for those who have a passion for electrical engineering, love helping others and have a bit of that entrepreneurial spark. The program's integrated entrepreneurship component is a unique and innovative feature that prepares students for an exciting career that blends technology and health care with entrepreneurship.
Marketable Skills
  • Identify knowledge gaps in electrical engineering
  • Expertise with modern tools
  • Data analysis using computational tools
  • Entrepreneurship capability
  • Scientific report writing and communication

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Highlights

Our faculty members are well-known for their expertise, spirit of innovation 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 Corp. and local industries, among others.
Engineering classes and research are conducted at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility that brings together laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technological innovation.
The department houses several state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories that provide practical and advanced hands-on experiences.
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, giving students the opportunity to apply knowledge to tangible real-world needs.
You'll also have direct access to the Materials Research Facility, the UNT Nanofabrication Cleanroom and the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling.
Ph.D. graduates will be prepared to conduct research into new unexplored fields for the discovery of new knowledge principles that can revolutionize the technology sector.

What Can You do With a Electrical Engineering Ph.D.?

With up to 100% job placement rate in academia, industry and research organizations, our graduates are employed in various sectors such as high-tech, energy, defense, finance, transportation and government.

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Antenna Theory and Design (3 hrs)
This course provides students with the fundamental theory in antenna designs and hands-on skills related to antenna designs and characterizations. It includes linear dipole antennas, loop antennas, patch antennas, RFID antennas, broadband and frequency-independent antennas and antenna arrays.
Wireless Integrated Circuit Design (3 hrs)
This course shows how to translate wireless system specification to architectures and building blocks compatible with integrated circuit technology. Student is expected to understand the analysis and design of wireless systems including the circuits, blocks and architectures as demonstrated by the course project.
Computer Vision and Image Analysis (3 hrs)
Topics include introduction to computer vision and image processing, image geometry and photogammetry, edge detection, feature extraction, shape representation, structural descriptions, object modeling, shape matching, semantic knowledge bases and imaging architectures, depth perception with stereo and photometric stereo, moving scene analysis and object tracking, multi-sensor data fusion, occluded object recognition by multi-sensor/multi-view integration and Computer Vision applications.
Wireless Communications (3 hrs)
This course provides in-depth coverage in wireless and mobile networks and introduces fundamental theory and design of modern wireless communication systems. Topics include 2G and 3G wireless standards, cellular communications, mobile radio propagation, multipath fading channel characterization, channel equalization and multiple access technique for wireless communications.
Image and Video Communications (3 hrs)
This course explores topics ranging from the fundamentals of video coding, motion estimation, source and channel coding, and transform (wavelet and discrete cosine) coding to the state-of-the-art compression and multimedia standards such as MPEG-4, H.264, MPEG-7 and MPEG-21. Advanced research topics include video streaming, joint source-channel coding, distributed video coding and video surveillance using sensor networks.
Renewable Electrical Power Systems (3 hrs)
Topics include electrical power systems, increasing efficiency, integrating renewable power generation, relations to environmental systems, impact, monitoring and prediction of renewable sources.

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