Prospective PhD Students




Admissions for PhD programs at the Jacobs School of Engineering is managed by the academic departments. Follow the links below for program-specific information. The Jacobs School is committed to building and strengthening its inclusive academic culture, including providing transitional support to PhD students when it is needed. Read a March 2023 message from the Dean regarding the Jacobs School's strong support for our graduate students as well as available resources. Learn about our IDEA Engineering Student Center, which is a hub for student life at the Jacobs School.


Bioengineering Department  (Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering)

  • Bioengineering (Ph.D.)
  • Bioengineering with a specialization in Bioinformatics (Ph.D.)
  • Bioengineering (M.D./M.S., M.D./M.Eng., and M.D./Ph.D.) degrees offered in conjunction with UCSD School of Medicine, pending independent admission to the medical school.


Bioinformatics Program 

  • Bioinformatics (Ph.D)


Computer Science and Engineering Department 

  • Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Computer Science (Ph.D.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering Department 

  • Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) with a Specialization in

    Applied Ocean Sciences
    Applied Optics and Photonics 
    Communication Theory and Systems 
    Computer Engineering 
    Electronic Circuits and Systems
    Electronic Devices and Materials 
    Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Control 
    Signal and Image Processing
  • FAQ: Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate admissions

Materials Science and Engineering Program

  • Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

  • Engineering Sciences (Ph.D.) with a Designated Specialization in 

    Aerospace Engineering 
    Applied Mechanics 
    Applied Ocean Sciences 
    Engineering Physics 
    Mechanical Engineering


NanoEngineering Department 

  • Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • NanoEngineering (Ph.D.)


Structural Engineering Department 

  • Structural Engineering (Ph.D.)