Ph.D. in Engineering

Academics and Curriculum

As a current student in the Ph.D. in Engineering program, you have much to look forward to, including exciting opportunities to expand your engineering knowledge through coursework, collaboration, and research.

This section has been designed to guide you through the program and to answer any questions you may have about meeting the requirements of the Ph.D. in Engineering degree.

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Degree Requirements

View the Ph.D. in Engineering program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Program Examinations

In addition to passing the required core courses and coursework, you must also successfully pass the following required examinations:

Grade Standards

Grade standards in the Ph.D. in Engineering program are identical to those of the Graduate School. Students in the program must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average in all graduate courses in which a letter grade is assigned. Students who do not meet these requirements are subject to probation or dismissal.

Timely Completion

The total elapsed time of a Ph.D. program from admission to passing the final defense shall be no more than 10 calendar years. If you have not completed all requirements for the degree by the end of the semester occurring five calendar years from the time of passing the candidacy examination, you must be re-admitted to candidacy by retaking and passing another candidacy examination. View the Program Timeline and Milestone Deadline Policy.

Collaboration Requirements

A DAGSI course is taken at a DAGSI-partner institution other than Wright State, specifically, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or the University of Dayton (UD). Students in the program are required to take at least 10 percent of their coursework outside of Wright State whether or not they have a DAGSI scholarship.

At times, students may find themselves in situations in which they have exhausted all of the 7000-level courses for their research focus area or want to take a course similar to a Wright State course that is not offered during the semester in which they want to take it. These situations are addressed in the following subsections.

Graduate Level Course Equivalents

Students taking courses at AFIT are expected to register at 600- or 7000-level for the DAGSI requirement. Similarly, UD graduate-level courses start with 500-level numbering for DAGSI credit. For more information on courses offered, please see the appropriate website:

Similar Courses

Students are permitted to take courses at DAGSI-partner schools that are similar to Wright State courses, but only if the Wright State course is not available during the quarter the student wishes to take it. Otherwise, students will not receive credit for the course.

Students are not permitted to take a course at a DAGSI-partner institution that is very similar to a course they have already taken at Wright State. For example, UD's MTH 547 is similar to EGR 7050 and will not be accepted for credit if the student has already taken EGR 7050.

Contact Information

The Ph.D. in Engineering program office is also available to answer your questions about the program. Contact the Program Director:

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