Ph.D. in Engineering

Program of Study

Every graduate student is required to file a Program of Study with the Graduate School. Students in the Program must complete the Program of Study Form under the supervision of their dissertation advisor and in coordination with their Dissertation Committee. After being signed by the student, dissertation advisor, and focus area chair, the form must be submitted to the Ph.D. in Engineering Program Office for the Director's signature and submission to the Graduate School.


The purpose of the Program of Study is to design an appropriate program to meet the specific needs of a given student in his or her chosen focus area as determined by the Dissertation Committee.


Ideally, a tentative plan should be formulated by the end of the second semester of study. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize further registration in the Ph.D. program.

Program Changes

Minor changes in the Program of Study can be made easily in case, of course, offering deletions or schedule conflicts. These changes must also be approved by the Program Director and filed one week prior to the start of the final semester of graduate study. The course work must be selected to form a unified Program of Study. Course work from a previous master's degree is listed in the formal Program of Study in the appropriate categories. Total research hours (thesis and dissertation) for both M.S. and Ph.D. are within 30-40 credit hours.

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