Ph.D. in Engineering
A satisfactory doctoral degree plan is developed jointly by the student and the dissertation adviser, subject to the approval of the department chair or graduate program director.
A minimum of 15 credit hours of regular 8000-level graduate courses taken for a letter grade beyond the M.S. degree is required for the doctoral degree program. Twelve of these 15 credit hours must be departmental graduate courses. Students entering the direct doctoral program with a bachelor’s degree must complete 45 credit hours of graduate course work, of which 36 are regular departmental graduate courses beyond their bachelor’s degree, and at least 27 credit hours must be at the 6000/8000 level. Other courses taken may include courses not listed as departmental courses, independent study courses, and courses taken S/U.
In addition to the above course requirements, all supported students are required to enroll and participate in a graduate seminar (MIME 8930 or equivalent) each semester. The department may specify additional credit or non-credit requirements, for satisfactory completion as well as enhancement of degree objectives.
For transfer credit, students should refer to the general policies of the College of Graduate Studies.
Doctoral Degree Candidacy
Doctoral candidacy requires satisfactory performance in the doctoral qualifying examination, filing of an approved doctoral program plan, selection of an academic adviser, formation of a doctoral dissertation committee and maintaining good academic performance as specified in the M.I.M.E. department Graduate Student Handbook.
When the above requirements have been met, the student may file his/her application for doctoral candidacy. The department requires that the application be filed within one year of the time the doctoral qualifying examination is passed. Doctoral students must have established candidacy for the doctoral degree before presenting and defending dissertation research.
After the student and the adviser have agreed on a dissertation topic, the student must write a dissertation proposal. The student will present the proposal to the doctoral dissertation committee and successfully defend his/her dissertation proposal.
The doctoral dissertation committee must consist of at least five members. The chair of the committee will be the candidate’s principal adviser. The other members usually will be the co-adviser (if any), faculty members or experts in a related field, with at least one committee member outside the department. The signatures of the committee on the candidate’s dissertation indicate approval of the dissertation research and represent the final certification of its adequacy.