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College of Engineering
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Civil Engineering Ph.D.
PH.D. IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers students the opportunity to complete a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering within the following research areas:
Grant funding for this research has come from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the California Department of Transportation, and the National Science Foundation.
The Ph.D. in Civil Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including 15 semester hours of Ph.D.-level didactic coursework, and 15 semester hours associated with Ph.D. examinations and dissertation research.
Because the Ph.D. is an individualized program, students will meet with the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator in the first semester to discuss the “Plan of Study,” which outlines all required courses and the program-requirement sequence.
Qualifying Exam: Students entering the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree are required to take the qualifying exam. This exam evaluates the breadth of knowledge in Civil Engineering and consists f an oral exam with a supporting written document.
Preliminary Exam: All students will be required to take a preliminary exam after the completion of their coursework. This exam evaluates communication, research and information-synthesis skills.
Dissertation Proposal: Within one year of passing the preliminary exam, students must develop a written research proposal and present it at an open college seminar. Students are considered doctoral candidates after the dissertation proposal has been approved.
Dissertation: The Ph.D. program culminates with the dissertation and dissertation defense. The defense is an open university seminar in which students present the concepts and results of their research, followed by examination from the Dissertation Committee.
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City