Electrical and Computer Engineering: Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for exceptional individuals who intend to pursue a career in fundamental or applied research.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of the University of Toronto master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program; or 3) direct entry for exceptionally qualified students with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission may be granted for applicants with a University of Toronto master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an overall average of at least B+, or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • ​The department must be satisfied of the student's ability to do advanced research before admission may be granted.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students who enter the PhD with a master's degree will complete 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) not previously used for other degree credit. Students may receive a course reduction of up to 1.0 FCE depending on their PhD research needs in relation to their studies at the master's level. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in consultation with the PhD supervisor.

  • During Year 1, each student must: 

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Admission may be granted to applicants via transfer from the MASc to the PhD program, upon completion of 2.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) with an overall average of at least B+.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students who transfer from the MASc to the PhD will complete 1.5 graduate FCEs, in addition to courses completed while registered in the MASc program. Students may be required to complete up to 1.0 additional FCE depending on their PhD research needs in relation to their studies at the master's level. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in consultation with the PhD supervisor.

  • During Year 1, each student must:

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years​

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission may be granted by direct entry for exceptionally qualified students with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

  • ​The department must be satisfied of the student's ability to do advanced research before admission may be granted.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • During Year 1, each student must:

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years