Program Information:Ph.D. Degree
From Stanford Electrical Engineering Department Graduate Handbook
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The major steps in earning the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering are:
The material in this section has been compiled to aid students in preparing the form Application for Candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and to inform them of University and Departmental requirements for the degree. The form Directions for Preparing Doctoral Dissertations is available online at registrar.stanford.edu/shared/publications.htm. The pamphlet entitled Doctoral Dissertation Agreement Form from UMI Dissertation Publishing ProQuest Information and Learning is also available in these offices and should be reviewed as the dissertation nears completion. You can also print the Doctoral Dissertation Agreement Form off the Web from www.il.proquest.com/dissertationagree/ using :
* User ID: Dissertations * Password: Publish
Requirements to be Satisfied Before Applying for Candidacy
When the above requirements have been met, a student may file the application for Ph.D. candidacy; the application form may be picked up in the EE Office.
The Department requires that the application for candidacy be completed by the end of spring quarter of the academic year following the one in which the student has passed the qualifying exam. Thus students have a little over one academic year following passing the qualifying exams to file for candidacy for the PhD degree. The University requires that a new student file the application for candidacy before completing the second year of doctoral study at Stanford. The application for candidacy is signed by the Academic Adviser, the Principal Dissertation Adviser, the Associate Dissertation Adviser, and the Department Chair. On the form the student will list courses that total 90 units to be used for the Ph.D. degree, including graduate courses completed and Stanford courses to be completed.
Under ordinary circumstances, candidacy is valid for five years from the date of approval by the department unless terminated by the department (for example, for unsatisfactory progress). All applications for extension must be filed by the student before the conclusion of the program's time limit. The department is not obligated to grant an extension. Students may receive a maximum of one additional year of candidacy per extension. Extensions require review by the department of a dissertation progress report, a timetable for completion of the dissertation, and any other factors regarded as relevant by the department, and approval by the department.
Students should be aware of the University policies regarding minimum progress requirements requirements for graduate students as spelled out in the Stanford Bulletin in the chapter titled "Graduate Degrees." In the rare event that an adviser or student decide to terminate their relationship, the student retains candidacy and remains in the PhD program, but it is expected that the student will actively seek a new adviser and will find one within one year in order to satisfy the minimum progress requirements of the department.
The Course Program
The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is a specialized degree, but is built on a broad base of science, mathematics, and engineering skills. The course program is expected to reflect competency in Electrical Engineering and specialized study in other areas relevant to the student's research focus. Normally the majority of units are drawn from EE department courses, with typically 9 units from related advanced science, mathematics, or engineering.
The student and the principal dissertation adviser choose a course program, subject to the approval of the Graduate Degree Committee. The program must satisfy the following minimum unit guidelines:
21 are letter-graded units in technical areas such as science, mathematics, and engineering of which 12 are departmental units numbered at 200 level or above. (Departmental courses include those listed as EE courses or as EE cognate courses, out of department courses which are considered as EE courses for program purposes. Cognate courses are listed in Table *.)
Thesis, Special Studies (e.g., EE 191, EE 391), research units (e.g., EE 300, EE 400), nondepartmental units in nontechnical areas, seminar units, and courses taken CR/NC may not be counted toward the minimum 21 letter-graded units in technical areas, but may be counted toward the other 69 units needed to fulfill the requirement of 90 course units beyond the MS degree.
Up to three quarters of residency credit for graduate level course work at another school may be transferred by submitting an "Application for Graduate Residency Credit" form. The work must have been done after receipt of the Bachelor's degree at a school acceptable to the Graduate Degree Progress Office. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be considered. One semester unit counts as 1.5 quarter units.
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The Office of Graduate Admissions will determine the admissibility of residency credit from a foreign university. Residency credit does not reduce the 90 units of courses taken at Stanford that are needed for the Ph.D. degree.
Grade Point Average Requirement
Students are normally expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.35 or better in their continued study toward the Ph.D.
The single most important part of a Ph.D. program is the research for and writing of a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation must be approved by a reading committee. The dissertation reading committee must be formed by the end of the fourth year after matriculation for pre-MS students and by the end of the third year for post-MS students.
A dissertation reading committee consists of three faculty members. The first reader on your reading committee will be your principal adviser; the second reader will be your associate adviser. The third reader normally is a member of the same laboratory as the first two readers. Effective January 2008, it is an EE Department Requirement that the principal adviser be a member of the Academic Council. The University does not permit Consulting Professors to serve as principal dissertation advisers (see Stanford University Faculty Handbook, Chapter 9: Other Teaching Titles: Acting, Visiting, Consulting, By Courtesy, and Voluntary Clinical Appointments, www.stanford.edu/dept/provost/faculty/policies/handbook/ch9.html#consulting).
Residence and Tuition Requirements
Up to 45 units of Master's degree residency earned at Stanford may be counted toward the 135 units required for the doctoral degree. At least 90 units of work at Stanford are necessary to complete the 135 units.
University Oral Examination
Near the completion of the doctoral program, the student presents a one-hour public seminar on his or her dissertation research. Following the public presentation, the student is examined in private by a faculty committee of at least four examiners approved by the Department. Details about the University Oral Examination are given in a later section.
University Requirements for Minimal Progress
Grade Point Average
Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR)
To be eligible for TGR status, you must have :
Terminal Graduate Registration: Additional Requirements for Doctoral Students. Doctoral students must satisfy the following additional requirements in order to be granted TGR status: