Ph.D. in Engineering

Advising

First Semester Registration

You are required to meet with your assigned advisor prior to beginning your first semester in the program to plan your course registration. First-semester registration should consist of necessary prerequisite and core courses along with courses leading to advanced study in your chosen focus area.

Dissertation Advisor

You are encouraged to choose a dissertation advisor, with mutual consent, by the last day of classes during your first semester of enrollment. To facilitate the selection of an advisor, you should discuss your educational objectives with several dissertation-qualified faculty members in your focus area within the first six weeks of the semester.

The dissertation advisor you choose will serve as the chair of your dissertation committee and will direct the research study.

  • The dissertation advisor must be a dissertation-qualified faculty member of the Ph.D. in Engineering program. The dissertation advisor is responsible for the overall direction of the research, the regular advising of the student, and the continuing progress of the student in completing his or her program of study in a timely manner.
  • It is permissible to have two committee members co-advise a dissertation if at least one member has dissertation-qualified faculty status.

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