Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a distinctive PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. It is designed to prepare scholars, teachers and leaders for academia and industry in contemporary and emerging engineering fields.

Congruent with the mission of Villanova University, the doctoral program emphasizes excellence, innovation and integrity in research, scholarship and education. Its primary component is independent, original, directed research leading towards a dissertation.

The program is designed to encourage intellectual depth within an area or discipline of study, while also providing enough flexibility to allow for breadth across disciplinary lines when useful for multidisciplinary research topics.

Our PhD program is one of the few in the country that will allow the degree to be pursued on a part-time basis by working professionals, with many of the relevant courses available through our state-of-the-art on-line distance education program.

The College is unique in its professional development program for doctoral students, which reflects Villanova’s commitment to high quality teaching and close attention to the student, as well as development of the whole person.



For questions about graduate admission or enrollment:

Andrew Pellens
Enrollment Coordinator

For current or incoming PhD students with questions:

Leslie McNamee
Program Coordinator



Yue Qi PhD, Student in Wireless Communications Wins Conference Grant

PhD Student in Wireless Communications Wins Conference Grant

PhD student Yue Qi has been selected to receive an IEEE ComSoc Student Grant to virtually attend the IEEE International Conference on Communications where she will present her paper “IoT battery lifetime enhancement using relays: A large-scale analysis.” Qi is advised by Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


PhD Student Selected as Fellow for 2020 Design Automation Conference

PhD Student Selected as Fellow for 2020 Design Automation Conference

Dongning Ma, a 2nd-year PhD student advised by Dr. Xun Jiao in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently selected as a Richard Newton Student Fellow, which will support his participation in the 2020 Design Automation Conference. He and Dr. Jiao will also have a paper published and presented at the DAC on the use of machine learning to design better embedded computer systems.

Villanova mechanical engineering team developed smart brain.

Former Roommates “Cook” Nanomaterial Together

Mechanical Engineering PhD students Dong Zhou and Ji Lang have discovered the mysterious role of fluids in nanomaterial growth. Their research has the potential to revolutionize the chemical vapor deposition process, leading to new strategies to design the CVD setup and achieve controllable nanomaterial synthesis.