PhD Requirements & Timeline Explanation (Matriculation 2017-2019)

There are a number of Whiting School of Engineering policies related to Ph.D. students, which are listed here. Ph.D. student requirements for the department include:

  • 8 Courses*
  • Department Qualifying Examination (DQE)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research short course (AS.360.625)
  • Academic Ethics short course (EN.500.603)
  • Final Ph.D. Thesis Defense and Graduate Board Oral Examination (GBO)

*All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. All courses must be at the 600- or 700- level and be approved by the student’s advisor.

 

Typical Timeline for Ph.D. Students

**For additional information, please click on the highlighted terms. Click here for a full PhD Requirements Timeline Explanation. **

Fall Intersession Spring Summer
 

  • Second semester coursework and research
Research
Fall Intersession Spring Summer
  • Research
  • Coursework (typically finishing up this semester)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged
  • Research
  • Coursework (if necessary)
Research
  • Research (year-round)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged
  • Annual review completed by January 31
  • Research (year-round)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged every year
  • Annual review completed by January 31

Note:  Teaching assistant duties may also be assigned during one or more semesters.

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