The Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering is a unified program with various participating fields, one of which is Computer Engineering. The time necessary to complete the doctoral degree varies greatly, but three to four years beyond the MS degree is typical. A Ph.D. supervisory committee, in consultation with the student, arranges an appropriate program of study for completion of the doctoral requirements. A minimum of 90 graduate credit hours (including transfer hours from an approved MS degree) beyond the BS degree is required for a doctoral degree. At least 45 hours must be completed at UNL, and 27 credit hours must be completed within 18 consecutive months to satisfy the Ph.D. residency requirement.

In addition to graduate course work, doctoral students must complete a written Ph.D. dissertation with an oral presentation and defense. The dissertation topic must be approved by the supervisory committee and the Graduate Committee Chair. The dissertation itself should reveal a capacity to perform independent research and should represent a significant advancement of knowledge.


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Questions concerning the completeness of your graduate application and other administrative questions should be sent to the Graduate Programs Coordinator ( ). Questions related to the specific requirements of the CE graduate program can be addressed to the Graduate Committee Chair Dr. Hamid Sharif ( ).

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Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN)
200 Peter Kiewit Institute
Omaha, NE, USA 68182-0572
Phone: (402) 554-2288
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