Electrical Engineering (DE)


The Electrical Engineering graduate program in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECECS) at the University of Detroit Mercy focuses on you, the student. You'll get personal attention in small classes and research seminars from faculty who place teaching first. Our relevant and practical research and close connections with industry help create an exciting learning environment that will guarantee your success. In addition, many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry during their graduate program.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will have the ability to:

    1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to electrical engineering
    2. identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems
    3. use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical engineering practice

    Doctor of Engineering with a major in Electrical Engineering Degree Requirements (81 credit hours) after BS/BEE (bachelor)

    The Doctor of Engineering degree with a major in Electrical Engineering adheres to the College's general requirements for admission to and candidacy in a Doctor of Engineering program with some department specific modification/additions. The completion of the degree requires that students complete the doctoral core courses, courses specifically from Electrical and Computer Engineering (ELEE), Electives, and 30 credit hours of dissertation. The Doctoral program is divided into three parts: Coursework, Dissertation, and Examination. All doctoral programs of study must be approved by the faculty advisor/committee and the department chairperson.


    Coursework consists of 51 post-baccalaureate course credits at the graduate level. Up to 30 graduate credit hours can be transferred but at least 21 additional graduate credits must be accrued at Detroit Mercy. Coursework is divided into:

    • Doctoral Core (6 credits)
    • Discipline Specific (9 credits)
    • Electives/Focus Area (36 credits)

    Two Doctoral Core courses (or equivalent) are required: ENGR 5020 Design of Experiments and ENGR 5300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics.

    Discipline Specific courses (at least 9 credits) are those Electrical and Computer Engineering courses (ELEE) that pertain most closely to the student’s dissertation topic. The Discipline Specific courses must be agreed upon by the student’s advisor and the Department. Electives/Focus Area courses are selected (with written approval of the student's advisor) from ELEE, ENGR, MENG, CSSE, CIVE, AEV, and/or ENT courses.  Courses from additional departments may be permissible with written approval of the advisor, however, co-op related credits may not be used toward the requirements.


    Dissertation credits consist of research credits under the guidance of a Doctoral Dissertation committee headed by a faculty member who acts as the supervisor. Although Doctoral research is independent, novel, and advances the state of the art, the committee members can provide guidance, advice and technical expertise. A minimum 30 dissertation credits is required for the Doctor of Engineering degree.


    Examinations comprise three stages: Qualifying, Dissertation Topic, and Final.

    The Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: Mathematics and Discipline-Specific (in this case, Electrical and Computer Engineering topics relevant to the individual examinee). The Mathematics Qualifying Exam should be taken in the first year of the program and must be taken when the student has completed the Doctoral Core Courses. The Discipline-Specific Qualifying Exam is administered by the ECECS Department. This exam is comprised of a major area exam and a minor area exam. Major and minor areas are selected by the student in cooperation with his/her doctoral advisor. These exams are typically taken after the area-specific coursework has been completed. Students passing the Qualifying Examinations are allowed to advance in the Doctoral Program. Students can repeat each qualifying exam once. Students failing the second time are dismissed from the Doctoral program. Students will not be able to register for dissertation credits until they pass the Mathematics and Discipline-Specific Qualifying exams.

    The Dissertation Topic Examination consists of the formal presentation of the dissertation topic to the advisory committee. The committee provides feedback to the student regarding scope, depth, and relevancy of the topic. With approval of the committee, the student can proceed with the research and subsequent accrual of dissertation credits.

    The Final Examination consists of the formal and public presentation of the dissertation results. The written dissertation must also be approved and accepted by the supervisory committee. The Final Examination, in concert with submission of the approved version of the written dissertation, constitutes the last step in completion of the Doctor of Engineering degree.

    Information about the Mathematics Qualifying Examination can be found here.

    Masters and Doctoral Thesis guidelines can be found on the Engineering & Science website.

Program Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Mark Paulik, Ph.D.
Office: Engineering 330/331
Telephone: 313-993-3365
Fax: 313-993-1187
E-mail: ece_chair@udmercy.edu or paulikmj@udmercy.edu

Department website