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18 Characteristics of UTSA Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering

Date Program Established - 1/25/2002

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All data is preliminary and is subject to change.

1 Number of Degrees Per Year 6 (average, 2010-2012)
2 Graduation Rates --
3 Average Time to Degree 5 years (average, 2010-2012)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 4 100% 0% 0%
2009-2010 5 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 5 100% 0% 0%
5 Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering degree program are as follows:

  • Normally, a student must hold a master’s degree before being granted admission to the program. Some exceptionally talented students may enter the Doctor of Philosophy program directly upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, with the special approval of the Electrical Engineering Doctoral Studies Committee.
  • Applicants without a master’s degree program must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework in electrical engineering.
  • Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.3 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a master’s degree in electrical engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. Each student’s transcript will be evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee and credit will be designated on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the degree. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours may be awarded for a master’s thesis.
  • A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee for Electrical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If an applicant’s performance on the GRE is used for that purpose, it will be considered with other criteria when making an admissions or competitive scholarship decision and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant. Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version).
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably three, attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.

A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, a statement of research experience, interests and goals, and the TOEFL score for those applicants whose native language is not English. Admission is competitive. Satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

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6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 82%
7 Average Financial Support Provided $14,681
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 2.4
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2009-2010 178
2010-2011 233
2011-2012 369
10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 14
Grant Value Per Faculty $135,241
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $2,975,309
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 75%
12 Number of Core Faculty 24
13 Faculty Teaching Load 13
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 7 0
Black 1 0
Hispanic 0 0
Other 13 3
Total 21 3
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 7 1 8
Black 0 0 0
Hispanic 4 1 5
Other 29 14 43
Total 40 16 56
16 Date of Last External Review February 2010
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2009-2010 35
2010-2011 66
2011-2012 158