PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) normally requires four to five years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree. There is no formal course requirement for a doctoral degree.  The student develops a technical program involving both research and course work with the help of his or her faculty advisor.

PhD candidates must pass the departmental exam (taken usually at the end of the second semester of graduate study), pass the Graduate Board Oral exam (usually taken during the third year of full-time study), submit a doctoral dissertation, and pass a final dissertation defense.

Where Do our PhD Graduates Go?
Visit our PhD Alumni page to see where our PhD graduates have made their mark around the world. You, too, can join this elite group with an admission to our PhD program!

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