The departmental Ph.D. program complies with the regulations of the Graduate School. This is a full-time program only.This program is aimed at Ph.D. research and training students for careers in research and teaching. All non-native English speakers who have not received a university-level degree from a U.S. college or university must pass the University’s mandatory English Language Program by the end of their first year of study. Incoming students will be tested upon arrival, and may be required to participate in further English study. Students who do not pass by the end of their first year will not be readmitted.
Study leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy is offered in two areas: environmental engineering and water resources and mechanics, materials, and structures. Each program has procedures for the completion of the general examination outlined under the appropriate areas of study.Teaching experience is considered to be a significant part of graduate education. It is recommended that Ph.D. candidates assist with course instruction for at least one term.
The Ph.D. is the highest academic degree awarded, signifying mastery of a subject and development of a new body of knowledge about that subject, through research, interpretation, insight and invention. In the professional schools, the doctorate is awarded for expertise and leadership in a specialized field.
Twelve Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are offered: aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering (environmental engineering), industrial and systems engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering.