Joint Doctoral Program, Electrical and Computer
JDP students are required to satisfy course requirements at both institutions. Preparation
for the Departmental Qualifying Examination involves twelve graduate courses taken
at UCSD (or SDSU if approved by faculty co-advisors and by the Department) and grouped
into five focus areas. Depending on focus area, up to three of these graduate courses
can be replaced by upper-division undergraduate courses after approval by the co-advisors
and by their Departments. No more than eight units of ECE 299 may be counted towards
the elective requirement. An overall graduate GPA of 3.5 is required for continuation
in the program.
Departmental Qualifying/ Comprehensive/ Ph.D. Preliminary Exam
The student must pass the departmental comprehensive examination not later than the
end of the Fall Quarter of their second year of study. The comprehensive examination
consists of a written examination, possibly followed by an oral examination. Students
that pass the written examination with a sufficiently high score during the Spring
Quarter of their first year will not be required to take the oral exam. Students not
meeting this threshold but who still pass at the Ph.D. level will be required to take
the oral exam. The oral exam must be taken not later than the end of the Fall Quarter
of their second year of study. The oral exam, if necessary, will be administered by
a committee of four members, three chosen by the student in consultation with the
primary co-advisors, and one appointed by the Chair of the UCSD Department. At least
one (the SDSU advisor), but not more than two, of these members are from SDSU.
Senate Qualifying/ Ph.D. Candidacy Exam
The Ph.D. Candidacy Examination is an oral examination that includes presentation
of a plan for the dissertation research project. The examination is designed to test
the ability of the student to conduct original dissertation research, and must be
taken within four years after admission to the doctoral program.
The Joint Doctoral Committee consists of at least five officers of instruction, with
two members from SDSU, two members from UCSD, and one tenured UCSD member from outside
the Department of the candidate. At least two members should represent specialties
different from the student’s chosen field. The two co-advisors, one from each institution,
serve as co-chairs of the Joint Doctoral Committee. The Joint Doctoral Committee administers
the qualifying examination. Students must maintain a GPA equivalent to 3.5 or better
in order to take the qualifying examination and advance to candidacy.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
The Dissertation Defense is the final Ph.D. examination. Upon completion of the dissertation
research project, the student writes a dissertation that must be successfully defended
in an oral examination and public presentation conducted by the doctoral committee.
The final examination may not be conducted earlier than three quarters after the date
of advancement to doctoral candidacy.