About this Program

The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrated the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their chosen field of specialty. For the PhD degree students must take eight courses beyond their Master degree, five of which must be at the doctoral 800 level. PhD students must also pass diagnostic and candidacy exams, work on advanced research under direct advising of an ECE faculty member, and write and defend an original dissertation.

Program Highlights

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Applied Plasma Technology; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Microelectronics and Thin Film Devices; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; Power Research; Systems Analysis of Metabolic Physiology; Systems Research; Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics; and Vision Lab

  • ECE faculty support University centers such as the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center

  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with ECE faculty collaboration include National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

$77,770 Median Salary

Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

Electrical Engineers

$99,580 Median Salary

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

$68,710 Median Salary

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Power Plant Operators

$75,970 Median Salary

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.


What are the requirements to apply for Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Electrical & Computer Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
    • Doctoral candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master's degree program for regular admission.
    • Official transcripts of previous degree(s) awarded.
    • GRE scores.
    • Three letters of recommendation from former professors.
    • A resume.
    • A statement of goals.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required for all international students when English is not their first language
    • Students with credentials not meeting the regular admission requirements may be considered for provisional admission.



Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529

Professor & Chair

NORFOLK, 23529