PhD Degree Requirements
The Ph.D. requirements include the completion of a minimum of 20 course units of graduate level work beyond the undergraduate program with a grade-point average of at least 3.0, satisfactory performance in the PhD-related exams, presentation of a departmental seminar, completion of the teaching practicum, and the submission and successful defense of an original and significant dissertation. The required 20 course units may include research units (i.e., MEAM 999). The milestones in the PhD program are noted in the PhD Handbook.
All doctoral students are required to take the following:
- The following two mathematics courses:
- Principles and Techniques of Applied Math I (ENM 520)
- Principles and Techniques of Applied Math II (ENM 521)
- The following three core MEAM courses:
- Continuum Mechanics (MEAM 530)
- Advanced Dynamics (MEAM 535)
- Transport Processes I (MEAM 570)
- At least one graduate course in MEAM beyond the core MEAM courses (depth requirement)
- At least one graduate course outside MEAM and not including ENM 520 or ENM 521 that is related to the student’s research (breadth requirement)
- At least three additional graduate courses that are related to the student’s research
- Three semesters of Teaching Practicum (MEAM 895; normally taken in 3rd, 4th and 5th semesters)
- Six semesters of the MEAM seminar (MEAM 699)
- Responsible Conduct of Research in Engineering (EAS 900; mandatory in the first year)
- MEAM 530, 535, and 570 may be taken anytime in the first three years of the Ph.D. program.
- Neither MEAM 899 (Independent study) nor MEAM 999 (Research) can be used to satisfy the above core requirements.
- Students should check their preparedness for ENM 520 by reviewing the syllabus before registering for the
course. If this material is unfamiliar, the student should take ENM 510 prior to taking ENM 520.