The PhD degree is conferred only for work of distinction displaying original scholarship and marked capabilities that lead to significant scholastic achievements. In no case is the degree awarded solely on the basis of study, however intense, extending over any prescribed period of time or in recognition of faithful performance or prescribed work. A departmental-level academic course plan is developed in consultation with and approval of the student’s major advisor and the department’s Graduate Studies Committee. The student’s major advisor chairs the advisory committee that includes at least three members of the graduate faculty, and satisfies the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for doctoral committees.
The PhD degree requires a dissertation which is a work of original scholarship. In addition, 42 hours of credit at the senior/graduate (4xxx) and graduate (7xxx) levels must be earned beyond the bachelor’s degree, not including dissertation credits (EE 9000 ). The minimum curricular requirements include the following:
- 15 credit hours of department’s EE 7xxx courses, excluding independent study courses.
- 27 credit hours of approved electives at the graduate (4xxx, 7xxx) levels.
These 42 hours of course work are subject to additional requirements including the following:
- The number of credits at the senior/graduate (4xxx) level must not exceed nine.
- The Independent study course(s) cannot exceed three credit hours.
- An MS Thesis from LSU ECE will count for six credit hours of 7xxx level electives toward the program.
The student must pass a qualifying examination before any dissertation credits can be taken. After completing the required course work, the student must pass a general exam in which the student defends his/her research proposal and a final exam, consisting of the dissertation defense.