Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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Questions about the graduate program in materials science and engineering may be sent to Dr. Ray Phaneuf.

Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science must complete a minimum of 45 credits. Courses are categorized as "Core Courses", "Additional Graduate Courses", "Seminar", and "Thesis Research." The Core Courses are mandatory—all students must complete them.


 

Category
Minimum Credit Requirements
Core Courses
12
Additional Graduate Courses
12
Seminar
3
Thesis Research
18
TOTAL:
45

 

Course Requirements

All of the following core courses must be taken by all full and part time Ph.D. students:

  • ENMA 650: Nanostructure of Materials
  • ENMA 660: Thermodynamics in Materials Science
  • ENMA 661: Kinetics of Reactions in Materials Science
  • ENMA 671: Defects in Materials * or
    ENMA 620: Polymer Physics *

    * Students wishing to study polymers or biomaterials are strongly urged to take ENMA 620. This choice must be approved by your research advisor.

In addition, all students must take:

  • ENMA 688: Materials Science and Engineering Seminar *

    * Attendance to the Department's Seminar course for three (3) semesters is required for all students except by special consent of the Department. Part time off-campus graduate students can petition the Department to substitute a 3 credit 600 level course for the 3 credit ENMA 688 Department Seminar requirement.
  • ENMA 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research

Additional Policies and Requirements

  • To remain in the Ph.D. program, and ultimately be admitted to the Ph.D. Proposal Defense, the student must complete four of the core courses with a minimum of 2 grades of A- or higher and 2 grades of B- or higher.
  • Each core course can only be repeated once, unless there is a special circumstance. In this rare instance the student is required to petition the Graduate Studies Committee to be allowed to take a core course a third time.
  • The approved additional courses may be in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Reliability Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. Courses taken at the 400 level may not be used to satisfy the Materials course requirements.
  • Ph.D. students can count up to 3 credits of ENMA 698 XXX (XXX is the individual advisor section) coursework toward the 12 credits of additional courses (beyond core courses) with the requirement that all 3 credits of ENMA 698 XXX are associated with the same advisor.
  • Completion of the equivalent of three full years (36 credits) of study beyond the B.S. degree is also required. Materials courses at the 400 level may not be counted as part of the 36 credits.
  • All Ph.D. students are required to carry out one semester of teaching assistantship (TA) duties, working with a faculty instructor, as a part of their educational requirements*. The suggested timing for fulfilling this requirement is by the end of the second year. A second semester of TA duties may be required by the Department Chair under certain conditions. TA duties may include grading, writing and delivering lectures, running discussion sections and/or review sessions, as required by the faculty instructor who will provide mentoring in these activities.
    *Note that TA policy exceptions may be granted by the Department Chair, under unusual circumstances.
  • The dissertation is the major portion of the Ph.D. program. It must be based on an original research project approved by the student's advisor and the committee approved by the Graduate School. The Ph.D. candidate must defend his/her dissertation prior to the final approval in an oral examination. This process includes a public presentation as a departmental seminar and a private oral examination.
  • Ph.D. students who would like to receive a M.S. non-thesis option "along the way" may use their Ph.D. proposal as their scholarly paper but must still register and complete ENMA 797.