The Doctor of Philosophy, the highest degree offered by the University, is conferred in recognition of marked scholarship in a broad field of knowledge as well as distinguished critical or creative achievement within a special area of the general field (the special area being the subject of the doctoral dissertation). The Doctor of Philosophy program in the College is designed to meet the traditional high standards for such programs.
There are six major areas in the Ph.D. program:
A student may be awarded the concentration designation on request at graduation if they meet the requirements. A listing of requirements is available from the Graduate School or the Graduate Programs Office of the College of Engineering & Applied Science.
In the various programs, there is enough flexibility to allow the student to develop a plan of studies tailored to meet individual needs. Evaluation of the study plan is based on its appropriateness as an engineering or computer science program, the availability within the University of appropriate course offerings, and the availability within the College of a faculty member who is qualified to serve as the student's major professor.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 66 credits beyond the baccalaureate, including a dissertation. The student must also satisfy a residence requirement.
Students who wish to gain an advanced level professional learning experience with an industrial or government organization may select the internship course (997) subject to approval of the advisor, a participating industrial or government organization and of the GPSC and the CEAS Associate Dean. Internship registration must be for 6 credits and may be used towards fulfilling the residence requirement. Not more than 6 credits of internship registration will be counted toward the degree. Further details are included under the description of the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in this section.
Many of the courses leading towards the various master's degrees and the doctoral degree are offered in the late afternoon or evening; thus students can complete much of their coursework on a part-time basis.
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