Degree Requirements

Engineering and Applied Science Ph.D.

Degree Requirements

Following are the formal procedural requirements for students to receive the Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Applied Science.

Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 51 semester credit hours of graduate course work in an approved program beyond the Bachelor's degree, not including dissertation research. The credit hours may include up to 30 semester hour credits obtained in a Master's degree program, if the area of the Master's degree is relevant to the doctoral program. Up to six of these 30 credits may be for thesis research. A doctoral dissertation based on the results of original research under the guidance of a faculty committee and defended in a public examination is required for the completion of the doctoral program. At least 30 semester hours of dissertation research must be earned.

Departments participating in the program are Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The student's dissertation advisory committee will consist of at least five members. No more than three can be from any one department. There must be at least one committee member from each of the colleges of Engineering and Sciences. Program qualification, in the form of a Qualifying Examination, is administered by the department of the principal advisor(s). It is based on material in a typical departmentalized master's degree program, or equivalent. Courses are chosen with the consent of the dissertation advisory committee. The committee shall consider the interdisciplinary nature of the program when it approves the courses. A minimum of nine credits (three courses) must be taken in each college. A General (comprehensive) Examination will be administered by the dissertation advisory committee. The examination will be based on material in the student's program of study. After passing the General Examination the Ph.D. student is expected to write a dissertation prospectus and defend it before the dissertation advisory committee. After a successful defense and committee approval of the prospectus, the student may pursue research leading to the dissertation. The dissertation should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program. There must be a final public defense of the dissertation administered by the dissertation advisory committee.