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Graduate Handbook | Doctor of Philosophy

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
For the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year
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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

This section describes the requirements for the doctoral degree. Students entering with an M.S. degree should note some deviations from this program given on page 10. The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program.

TYPICAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Students entering with B.S.Students entering with M.S.*
1st Yr.

Fall

Courses: 9 hrs
Research: 3 hrs

Courses: 6 hrs
 Research: 6 hrs

Spring

Courses: 9 hrs
Research: 3 hrs
Qualifying Exam

Courses: 9 hrs
 Research: 3 hrs
 Qualifying Exam

Summer

Research
GRED 60501
AME 67890

Research
 GRED 60501
 AME 67890

2nd Yr.

Fall

Courses: 6 hrs
Research: 6 hrs

Courses: 6 hrs
 Research: 6 hrs

Spring

Courses: 6 hrs
Research: 6 hrs

Research: 9 hrs
 CANDIDACY

Summer

Research
AME 67890

Research
 AME 67890

3rd Yr.

Fall

Courses: 6 hrs
Research: 6 hrs

Research: 9 hr

Spring

Courses: 6 hrs
Research: 6 hrs
CANDIDACY

Research: 9 hr

Summer

Research
AME 67890

Research: 9 hr
 Ph.D. Defense

4th Yr.

Fall

Research: 9 hr

Spring

Research: 9 hr

Summer

Research
AME 67890
Ph.D. Defense

*assuming 24 credits
  transferred

A total of sixty semester credit hours (including both course credits and research credits) are required for the Ph.D. degree. Each first year graduate student must register for 12 credit hours both semesters. This will include a combination of course work and research. Eighteen credit hours of course work applicable to the Ph.D. degree, excluding research credits, is required in the first year for students receiving support from University sources. First year students supported in full by external funding can take fewer course credits, and more research credits, with the approval of their research advisor, though care should be taken that they are still prepared to take the qualifying examination described below at the end of their first year of studies. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements in approximately five years.

More information on this topic:

| COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PHD DEGREE | PHD QUALIFYING EXAMINATION | ADMISSION TO THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM | PHD CANDIDACY EXAMINATION | MASTER'S DEGREE OPTION | STUDENTS ENTERING WITH AN MS DEGREE | PREPARATION OF THE DISSERTATION | DEFENSE OF THE DISSERTATION | PUBLICATION OF THE DISSERTATION |

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