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Admission to the program requires a Master of Science degree in Engineering or a related field with a GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher. Applications for admission must include the following: M.S. thesis abstract, a statement of interest, Bachelor and Master degree transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants should also include a photocopy of the page(s) of your passport showing your name, date of birth, and country of citizenship and a TOEFL score of 550 (paper score) or an IBT score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5. Admission to the program is made by the Engineering Science Ph.D. Committee.
For accelerated entry into the Ph.D. program, a student must complete at least two semesters in residence in an engineering M.S. program and complete a minimum of 18 hours of approved coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.75. Such entry is permitted only to superior students who have exhibited evidence that they are prepared to begin the research activities of
Admission to the doctoral program also requires the identification of an initial graduate adviser for each student. This advisor will be responsible with the student for planning the student’s
A minimum of 26 semester hours of
The program core consists of 11 hours of
Upon completion of the concentration and core courses, the student may take the qualifying examination which has two components: written exam and oral exam. The examination in the area of concentration is organized and administered by at least three Engineering faculty members (examining committee) including the student’s advisor. The oral exam, conducted by the examining committee, is held within two weeks of the written exam. If not successful, the committee may allow the student to repeat the whole or part of the examination one more time. The qualifying examination, in whole or in part, cannot be taken more than two times.
Admission to candidacy requires: (a) successful completion of the qualifying examination (which satisfies the research tool requirement of the Graduate School) and (b) successful completion of twenty-four hours of credit (which satisfies the residency requirement of the Graduate School).
A dissertation must be written under the direction or co-direction of an engineering faculty member and approved by a dissertation committee consisting of at least five members (one outside the College of Engineering). The dissertation adviser must be chosen by the end of the student’s first academic year. The dissertation committee should be formed after successful completion of the candidacy examination. The members of this committee need not be the same as the members of the candidacy examination committee. A dissertation research proposal must be approved by the dissertation committee. Candidates will be required to present an acceptable dissertation describing original research performed with minimal supervision. Dissertation approval is based on a successful oral defense of the dissertation research and approval of the dissertation. This requires
Following the admission to candidacy and upon completion of all the coursework, the candidate will prepare and submit a formal written dissertation proposal, defining the proposed research and the proposed line of inquiry. The candidate subsequently must make an oral presentation of the dissertation proposal to the members of the dissertation committee in an open forum. A public announcement of this event must be made at least five days in advance.
In the framework of the oral presentation of the dissertation proposal, the candidate is expected to address and respond to any question (by the members of the committee) related to material covered by all the courses taken during his doctoral studies or to the background necessary for the specific area of the proposed research. In addition, the candidate is expected to defend the research methodology and the proposed line of inquiry.
The Dissertation must be prepared in accordance
Upon completion of the dissertation, which must demonstrate the ability of the candidate to conduct independent research, the committee will administer the final oral examination. The objective of the final oral examination, conducted in an open forum, will be the defense of the dissertation.