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University of Nevada, Reno    
  Jan 18, 2018

Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.

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It is strongly recommended that prospective electrical engineering professionals take at least one year of graduate study. Both the undergraduate and graduate curricula at the university are designed to offer students the range of education needed for leadership in the profession, as well as knowledge of the physical sciences and basic professional techniques.

The electrical and biomedical engineering department offers graduate programs leading to both the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering. Emphases in the department include: image and signal processing, electromagnetics and microwaves, and power.

Graduate course work and research opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Biosensors and Actuators
  • Integrated Bio-analytical Systems
  • Wireless Networks and Communications
  • Computer Design and Applications
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Simulation
  • Biomedical Image Processing
  • Microprocessor Design and Applications
  • Antenna Design and Analysis
  • Radar Cross Section Measurement
  • Microwave Devices and Distribution Systems
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Optical Fiber Communications and Sensors
  • Microwave Integrated Circuits
  • Power System Simulation, Planning and Protection
  • Renewable Energy Integration and Smart Grid Applications
  • Power Electronics and Electric Drives
  • Power Conversion
  • Control Systems

General requirements for graduate degrees are determined by the Graduate School and are listed in the Graduate School  section of this catalog.

Doctor of philosophy degree candidates must successfully complete a written qualifying examination administered by the department. The examination includes separate exams in three of six major study areas in electrical engineering. Additionally, the Ph.D. candidate must pass a final comprehensive exam administered by his or her committee. The comprehensive examination can be from 1 to 3 credits and is above the required 72 credits beyond the B.S. The comprehensive examination credits cannot be used to fulfill the 30 credits of 700-level course work.

Two fellowships (Turner and Dickinson) and a number of teaching and research assistantships are typically available in electrical engineering. They are awarded on a competitive basis. For more information, contact the department chairman or the Graduate School dean’s office.

Required Graduate Classes

All electrical engineering graduate students are required to complete the following two classes:

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