Graduate Degrees offered: Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering students also take core courses that are offered by the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department.

Please refer to the Ph.D. Computer Engineering Degree Requirements list for more details. 

Students in the graduate program of Computer Engineering conduct cutting-edge research in a variety of fields including database and information systems, Internet search, graphics, user interfaces, Web-based systems, multimedia and image processing, bioinformatics, intelligent systems, computer architecture, robotics, secure systems, networks, embedded systems, and mobile computing.


Beyond these areas, faculty and graduate students explore interdisciplinary aspects of computer science research through interactions with colleagues in other departments at Lehigh, at other universities, and at corporate research labs. Within Lehigh, collaborations are underway with researchers from all four colleges in areas such as biological sciences, design arts, sociology, management, marketing, economics, and education, as well as the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics.

The community of graduate students in the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) play a critical role in exploring the frontiers of computer science and the potential of computer science to enable dramatic advances in other disciplines.

Doctor of Philosophy Summary Requirements

  • Completion of 42 credit hours of work (including the dissertation) beyond the master's degree (48 credit hours if the master's degree is not from Lehigh).
  • The passing of a departmental qualifying examination appropriate to each degree within two years after entrance into the program.
  • The passing of a general examination in the candidate's area of specialization.
  • The admission into candidacy.
  • The writing and defense of a dissertation.
  • Competence in a foreign language is not required.

Sponsors of Research Projects

National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Lockheed Martin

Affiliated Lehigh Research Centers, Laboratories and Institutes

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