Our Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering emphasizes strong foundations in materials science and engineering thorugh advanced courses and research. A doctoral dissertation is required.
The minimum requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are the successful completion of an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 53 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, the successful passing of a doctoral comprehensive examination upon completion of the course work, the approval of a dissertation proposal submitted by the candidate on the planned research for the dissertation, and the approval and successful defense of the dissertation in an oral examination conducted as specified by university procedures. The comprehensive examination is directed at assessing the student's preparation in advanced courses for doctoral research, and understanding of the research literature and his or her ability to define the frontiers of the proposed areas of investigation. If a student has completed an appropriate master's degree at another university, a maximum of 24 credit hours is transferable toward the requirements for the doctoral degree.