Doctor of Philosophy
The nano SE PhD is a research-intensive degree focused on nanotechnology, with an emphasis on nanoscale materials. A multi-disciplinary core curriculum is taken by students from diverse science and engineering backgrounds. The core course sequence is intended to introduce students to contemporary topics in nanotechnology, through a cross-disciplinary approach to research and learning. These courses can usually be completed within two years. Students are expected to obtain graduate-level training in a traditional discipline, designated as the "program major emphasis". In addition, students entering with an MS degree must take at least six electives credit hours outside the student’s traditional area of training. Students entering at the BS level will be expected to pursue, or take coursework equivalent to, an MS degree, in addition to the nano core curriculum.
Students from traditional science or engineering backgrounds enter the program with well-defined research interests and affiliate themselves with a research group and a faculty mentor. Current nano program participants draw from the Department of Chemistry, or the Departments of Chemical, Electrical, Materials and Metallurgical, and Mechanical Engineering. Students with traditional training in these areas participate in cross-disciplinary research with a nano focus. Examples of active research areas are: synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials, photo-activated nano-inks for direct write applications, polymer chemistry, and structural and optical characterization of nano-materials for solar energy, bio-fuels, and other forms of renewable energy.
For more information on this degree, please see the catalog on the program website.
We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) North Central Association.
International Student Requirements:
• Third party foreign transcript evaluation for all foreign institutions attended, including evidence of your bachelor’s degree if applicable. Effective August 15, 2012, SDSM&T requires a course-by-course evaluation report sent directly to us from the evaluating institution. We will only accept evaluation reports from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If you use ECE, order a catalog match report. If you use WES, order a course by course report.
• Evidence of English proficiency, with the exception of applicants from countries where English is the native language. Applicants who have a prior degree from a university in the U.S. may be considered for exemption. Note that Engineering Management will only consider applications meeting the upper level score criteria.
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