PhD Program in Electrical Engineering

The doctorate program in electrical engineering has emphasis areas in Power and Energy Engineering, Telecommunications and Remote Sensing, Electronics Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The program requires a minimum of 49 credits beyond the BS, distributed as follows:

  • 24 credits in core courses and technical electives in the area of specialization, including 6 credits at 8000 level.
  • 6 credits in electives outside the area of specialization.
  • 6 credits in advanced math courses (at least 3 credits should be 6000 level or above).
  • 1 credit of doctoral seminar (INEL 8998).
  • 12 credits of graduate thesis (INEL 8999).

In addition, the students must pass a qualifying exam, a comprehensive exam, and their dissertation defense.


Fall Admission – 15 February each year, and 15 March (late application fee)
Spring Admission – 15 September each year, and 15 October (late application fee)

Apply here!

Preparing your statement of purpose:

When preparing your statement of purpose you must:

  • Indicate the areas of emphasis of your interest
  • Identify faculty that could serve as your thesis advisor
  • Clearly state your goals and describe any experience in the emphasis area of interest.

Applications to the PhD Program with statements of purpose that do not meet these requirements may be rejected.

Areas of Emphasis

Electronics Engineering

Power and Energy Engineering

Telecommunications and Remote Sensing

Computer Engineering

PhD Qualifying Exam

PhD Qualifier Exam Description (in Spanish)

Written Exam Evaluation Rubrics

Oral Exam Evaluation Rubrics

IEEE Transactions Template

Exam Schedule for Fall 2020

22 October – deadline to inform Graduate Committee the exam topic and evaluating committee.

6 November – Graduate Committee will inform selection of representative for the exam

20 November – deadline for electronic submission of written exam

1 December – deadline for submission by evaluating committee of exam scores to Graduate Committee

4 December –  Oral exam

11 December – Announcement of exam results

PhD Comprehensive Exam

PhD Comprehensive Exam Description

Alfred P. Sloan UPRM PhD Enrichment Program:

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are accepted throughout the Fall Semester.

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PhD Proposal Documents