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
• Completing the Requirements of the EE MS program
To transfer residency credits to the PhD program from another school, students must submit an "Application for Graduate Residency Credit" form. The work must have been completed after the conferral of the Bachelor's degree. Only courses with a grade of B or better (or its equivalent) will be considered. One semester unit counts as 1.5 quarter units. The completed form should be submitted to the Student Services Center after completing at least one full-time quarter of work at Stanford. The Registrar's Office will determine the admissibility of residency credit to be transferred. Transferred residency credits will count toward the 135 course units requirement needed to complete the Ph.D. program.
• Passing the EE Qualifying Exam
When the above requirements have been met, a student may file the application for Ph.D. candidacy; the application form may be downloaded under the “Current Students” section (forms) of the EE website.
The Department recommends that the Application for Candidacy be completed by the end of spring quarter of the academic year in which the student has passed the qualifying exam. The University requires that all Ph.D. students file the Application for Candidacy by the end of the second year of doctoral study at Stanford. Hence students in the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to take the EE qualifying exam during their first year of Ph.D. study to meet the candidacy requirement. Students who first need to complete the requirements of the Master’s degree should also file their candidacy form by the end of their second year of Ph.D. study. On the form the student will list courses that total 90 units beyond the M.S. program of study to be used for the Ph.D. degree, including graduate courses completed and Stanford courses to be completed. The Application for Candidacy must be signed by the Program Adviser, the Principal Dissertation Adviser and the Second Reader. Submit the form to the EE Degree Progress Officer in Packard 177, who will obtain the Department Chair’s signature.
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 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 the department expects that the student will actively seek and find a new adviser within one year in order to satisfy the minimum progress requirements.
The Course Program
The Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering is a specialized degree, built on a broad base of science, mathematics, and engineering skills. The course program must 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, often with 9 units from related advanced science, mathematics, or engineering courses.
• 90 course units beyond the M.S. degree (for a total of 135 units), of which 21 are letter-graded units in technical areas such as science, mathematics, and engineering (12 of these 21 units must be departmental units numbered at the 200 level or above--departmental courses include those listed as EE courses or as EE related courses, out of department courses which are considered as EE courses for program purposes. Related courses are listed here http://ee.stanford.edu/gradhandbook/Program_Information:Master_of_Science_Degree#Out_of_Department_Courses_Considered_as_EE_Courses).
• Thesis, Special Studies (e.g., EE 191, EE 391), research units (e.g., EE 300, EE 400), non-departmental 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 they do count toward the 90 units beyond the MS degree needed to fulfill the course unit requirement.
The proposed program of study must be listed on the "Application for Candidacy for Doctoral Degree" form. Any deviations from these guidelines must be accompanied with an explanation and the approval of the dissertation advisor. All deviations must be approved by the Department Chair (submit all requests for program deviations to the Degree Progress Officer in Packard 177).
Grade Point Average Requirement
Students are normally expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their continued study toward the Ph.D.
Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR)
This is a reduced tuition rate available to advanced PhD students who have completed all 135 units of course work and now only need to work on their dissertation. Students who are on TGR status must enroll in EE 802. To be eligible, students must have:
The single most important part of a Ph.D. program is the research for and writing of a doctoral dissertation, which must be approved by a reading committee. The dissertation reading committee must be formed by the end of the fourth year after matriculation for students who are in the Ph.D. program and need to first complete the requirements of the M.S program and by the end of the third year for students in the Ph.D. program who already have an M.S. degree.
A dissertation reading committee consists of three faculty members. The first reader on your reading committee is your principal adviser; the second reader is your co-adviser. The University requires 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). The third reader often is a faculty member in a related research area but this is not required.
Two readers must belong to the EE faculty, and at least two members of the reading committee must be on the Academic Council. The second EE faculty reader can be a faculty with a joint appointment with the EE department or a faculty with a courtesy, research or emeritus appointment. The department does not allow consulting and visiting faculty to be a member of a student’s reading committee.
A Senior Research Associate, or, in some cases, an outside scientist or engineer, may serve as the second or third reader. However, if any member of the proposed reading committee is not on the Academic Council, you must obtain Department approval by filling out a "Petition for Non-Academic Doctoral Committee Members" form available from the web site http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/registrar/files/doc_ctte_non_acad_council.pdf, including the curriculum vitae of the non-faculty member. The reader must have a Ph.D. or equivalent. Your dissertation will not be cleared through the EE Degree Progress Office unless it has approval on record.
Residence and Tuition Requirements
A minimum of 135 units of credit is required for the Ph.D. degree. Up to 45 units of a Master's degree earned at Stanford may be counted toward the 135 units required for the doctoral degree. Similarly, work done at other institutions and approved by the Registrar (see above) may be used to satisfy up to 45 units of credit. 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 30 minute 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 five examiners approved by the Department. Details about the University Oral Examination are given here.
Requirements for Minimal Progress
Students enrolled for 11 or more units must pass 8 or more units each quarter. Students enrolled for fewer than 11 units must pass at least 6 units each quarter (this includes students registered for 8, 9, and 10 units). Exceptions will be made for students who are required to register for a very limited number of units (e.g., the SCPD program).
Each quarter the Registrar's Office informs the EE Department of the number of units passed and the cumulative GPA of all EE graduate students for the purpose of departmental review. Students identified as not meeting standards of progress will be given the opportunity to explain why the standard was not met. Students will also be asked to submit a proposed plan of action. Continued permission to enroll will be contingent on approval by the student’s Research Advisor and the department. The department follows university policies regarding progress to degree as described in the University Bulletin (link).