Skip to Main Content
Mobile Menu

Prospective Students: Doctor of Philosophy

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Boise State University is proud to offer an innovative Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.  As the terminal degree in ECE, the program requires coursework, examination, and a dissertation.  Successful candidates will conduct independent research leading to a contribution that enhances state-of-the-art ECE research and knowledge.

Doctoral Graduates Mahesh Ailavajhala, Sakkarapani Balagopal, Jared Barclay, and Sulmer Fernandez at commencement

Doctoral Graduates Mahesh Ailavajhala, Sakkarapani Balagopal, Jared Barclay, and Sulmer Fernandez at commencement

Before You Apply

We encourage all PhD applicants to complete a voluntary program consultation before applying to the program.   Prospective applicants who complete a program consultation are eligible for application fee waivers and priority funding status.


ECE Ph.D Application Guide

The application process has three basic steps.  Follow this application guide to get started:

      1. Identify potential advisors.  Review current research profiles to discover faculty members in your preferred research area.
      2. Complete the University’s application and fulfill all requirements.  To get started, click on the big blue “Apply” button to navigate to the Graduate College’s “How To Apply” page.  For this process, you will need:
        • transcripts from previous institutions
        • GRE scores submitted directly to Boise State
          • Minimum GRE performance: > 70th percentile
          • School code: R4018
        • TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants.
      3. Once you have completed your Graduate College Application, you’ll need to submit additional information to Hobson’s to fulfill Department application requirements:
        • CV or resume
        • Three or more letters of professional reference
        • Two-page statement of teaching/research interest
        • Application for Assistantship (if desired)

Active Research

The research in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering encompasses a wide variety of emphasis areas, including nanotechnology, wireless sensor networks, mixed-signal circuits, photonics, and embedded systems.

Many of our graduate students participate in (paid) research opportunities.  As a student in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, you will have the amazing opportunity to work in one of our research laboratories.  These research opportunities provide priceless experience and allow for the application of classroom education to real-world scenarios.  Our research laboratories allow you to work in conjunction with faculty members to gain a hands-on understanding of complex topics.

For more information on our faculty members and their various areas of interest, visit our faculty and research pages.

Contact Our Admissions Coordinator

We’re here to help!  Reach out for more information or to get help with your application.  You can call, email, or schedule an appointment for an in-person, video, or telephone conference.

      • Call — 208-426-1167
      • Email —
      • Visit —

Additional Information

Need the details to make an informed decision?  Check out the links below for helpful information.