PhD Degree Requirements and Procedures
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ADMISSION TO THE PhD PROGRAM
Students who are first completing an MSEE in the department may enroll in the PhD program as of the first quarter after completing the MSEE, pending approval of their continuation request.
SELECTION OF FACULTY ADVISORStudents should have a faculty advisor within the first year of study, and should notify the Advising Office both when an advisor has been determined and if there is a change of advisors. Faculty advisors must be members of the University of Washington's Graduate Faculty and must be endorsed to chair doctoral supervisory committees, per the Graduate School's Memo 12.
The following are degree requirments for PhD students set by the University of Washington Graduate School and the Department of Electrical Engineering.
- 90 credits as a graduate student, of which at least 60 must be completed at the University of Washington. (With the approval of the degree-granting unit, an appropriate Master's degree from an accredited institution may substitute for 30 credits of enrollment.)
- 18 credits of course work with numerical grades must be taken at the UW prior to scheduling the Gen Exam.
- 1 credit of EE 592 Seminar offered each Autumn quarter. 1 credit may be applied towards the degree.
- 1 credit of EE 500 Seminar. 3 credits of EE 500 may be appliedy towards the degree.
- A maximum of 5 credits of EE 599 may be applied towards the PhD degree.
- 30 credits of EE 800 Dissertation
over a period of at least 3 quarters beginning the quarter after passing the General Examination.
- A minimum grade of 2.7 is required in each course that is counted toward the degree.
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
- Students must be registered as a graduate student for any quarter in which an exam (Qualifying, General or Final Examination) is to be scheduled.
- Students must maintain a minimum registration of 2 credits for the quarter that the degree is earned.
For additional information, please refer to the Graduate School website.
SATISFACTORY DEGREE PROGRESS
EE Satisfactory Academic Progress Review for MSEE and PhD Students
To maintain a high quality program, the EE Department has instituted a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and Progress to Degree Policy for graduate students enrolled in the daytime MSEE and PhD programs, which includes satisfactory academic performance and progress towards degree milestones as outlined below.
Basic Standards for Satisfactory Academic Performance:
The UW, Graduate School and Electrical Engineering Department requirements for satisfactory academic performance include:
Students must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits or apply for On-Leave status each quarter, except during summer or vacation quarters, until their course requirements and general exam have been completed. RA’s, TA’s, and international students must register for a minimum of 10 credits, except for summer or vacation quarters.
Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the program to graduate, and earn at least a 2.7 GPA or ‘CR’ in coursework for it to count toward the graduate degree.
Courses, seminars or research credits should be at the graduate level (4xx-8xx).
Departmental Expectations for Satisfactory Degree Progress for PhD students
The Department has the following additional expectations about PhD milestones:
PhD students should identify their research advisor before the end of their first year in the program.
PhD students should pass their qualifying exam by the end of their second year in the program.
PhD students should pass their general examination by the end of their third year in the program. The supervisory committee should be appointed at least 3 months before the general examination.
Review of Progress/Probation/Dismissal
All graduate students will be reviewed quarterly for satisfactory academic performance. If a student fails to meet the standards for satisfactory academic performance as described above, the Department will send a letter to the student via email with a copy to the faculty advisor, explaining they will be placed on academic warning or probation for the next quarter in residence. Faculty advisors will be consulted on all cases of probation. Students will be asked to contact the EE Graduate Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days of receiving a letter. If students are placed on academic probation for more than two consecutive quarters in residence, they may be dismissed from the program. We will send a letter via email and US Mail informing students of dismissal from program to last address on record.
Students may appeal these recommendations by contacting EE’s graduate academic advising at email@example.com, who will forward the appeal to the Graduate Program Coordinator or Associate Chair for Education. Appeals beyond this point must follow the process outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic Grievance Procedure.
In addition to the above academic and time to degree expectations, we expect from all PhD students:
Satisfactory work performance in your Academic Student Employee (ASE) appointment [Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA) and/or Staff Assistant (SA)]:
Departmental ASE’s are provided with specific job descriptions when offered RA, TA or SA Appointments, and they are expected to perform their job responsibilities as outlined in their job description.
Students are expected to meet weekly with their advisor or supervisor to ensure that they are fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.
Meeting all standards and requirements of the Student Conduct Code of the University of Washington Handbook.
Failure to meet expectations listed above can result in a loss of funding commitments.
Semi-Annual Faculty ReviewIn addition, PhD students and research-track MS students will engage in a semi-annual review with their research advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator to assess their degree progress and ASE performance, as well as to discuss future goals.
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