FAQs for Graduate Students:

Q1 - What degrees does your program/department offer

Answer: There are three types of degrees in MSE: the Master of Science (M.S.) in MSE, the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in MSE through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in MSE.

Q2 - What are the requirements for admission to your graduate program?

Answer: The admissions requirements can be found here.

Q3 - Can I apply with an undergraduate degree?

Answer: Yes. A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Q4 - How does the department fund graduate students?

Answer: Graduate research assistantships typically support qualified Ph.D. students. Graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis to both entering and continuing Ph.D. students. Typically, only those Ph.D. students who enter the program in the fall semester are eligible for fellowships. More information can be found here.

Q5 - I'm defending my PhD Proposal - what is the process?

Answer:

  1. Email the Program Director the names and titles of your Committee Members. If you include a member that is not of the Graduate Faculty, the form of Nomination of Graduate Faculty must be completed in consultation with your advisor and the department.
  2. Complete the departmental Proposal (PhD) Defense form at the end of the proposal and return the form to the Program Director.

Q6 - I'm defending my PhD Dissertation - what is the process?

Answer:

  1. Email the Program Director one month in advance and inform her you will defend your Dissertation and include the date of your defense. Copy your faculty advisor on the email.
  2. Bring the departmental Dissertation Defense form on the day of the defense. Return the completed form with signatures to the Program Director.
  3. Bring the Report of Examining Committee form on the day of the defense. The Registrar’s office would have emailed you the form (after submission of the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee form). Return the completed form with signatures to the Registrar’s office.
  4. Announcement regarding your Dissertation Defense with the department should be emailed to the Program Director two weeks in advance. Email the Program Director with the following information: date, time, location, abstract, and committee members.
  5. Adhere to all deadlines.

Q7 - I'm graduating with an MS/PhD degree - what is the process?

Answer:

  1. Apply for Graduation in the term you wish to graduate.
  2. Adhere to all deadlines.
  3. Email the Program Director at the beginning of the term you will graduate. Copy your faculty advisor on the email.

Q8 - I'd like to add a non-faculty member to my committee - what is the process?

Answer: If you include a committee member that is not of the Graduate Faculty, the form of Nomination of Graduate Faculty must be completed in consultation with your advisor and the department.

Q9 - What are the deadlines to submit forms?

Answer:  Deadlines are determined by the Graduate School, and are listed here.

Q10 - Is there a policy with announcing the PhD dissertation defense in the department?

Answer: Students are to email the Program Director two week in advance to announce the dissertation defense. All items listed below are required for the announcement:

Defense Announcement for:
Date:
Time:
Location:
Abstract:
Committee:

Q11 - I'm graduating this semester - do I need to be registered for a course?

Answer: Yes, the Graduate School requires you to be registered for a course. Registration for ENMA899 must go through the Registrar’s Office which will be processed at the start of classes. The exception is if you want to register for ENMA899 during the summer. For summer registration, please contact summer-sched@umd.edu.

Q12 - I want to register for ENMA899 in the fall or spring - what is the process?

Answer: The Registrar's office will register you for the course prior to the start of classes.

Q13 - How do I advance to candidacy?

Answer: Four steps must be taken to be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy:

A. Passing the Qualifying Examination
B. Completion of the four core courses with a minimum of 2 grades of A- or higher and 2 grades of B- or higher.
C. The next steps are to select an advisor (if the student has not already done so), begin thesis research, and prepare for the Ph.D. Proposal Defense.
D. Complete the application for Admission to Candidacy

Q14 - I'm a MS/PhD student and would like to register for the upcoming semester - what is the process?

Answer:

1) Consult with your faculty advisor about fall courses and/or permissions.
2) Forward the Program Director the correspondence with your advisor approving the selected courses.
3) Email should include the following information: name, UID, and term courses.
4) Copy your advisor on the email.
5) Please note, the hold will not be lifted or permission provided without the above information.

Q15 - I'm in the PhD program however, I have decided to only pursue the MS degree - what is the process?

Answer:

1) Complete the Petition for Program/Degree Objective Change.
2) Inform the Program Director.