PhD Requirements

Degree Requirement Checklist

The Ph.D. degree is awarded for original research performed under the guidance of a thesis advisor. The formal requirements for this degree are:

□    Completion of six graduate-level courses including the four required core courses.

□    Completion of an annual research evaluation each year.

□    Completion of research proposal evaluation (written and oral) at the end of the second year (for students entering 2020 and onwards)

□    Serve as a teaching assistant for at least two required undergraduate courses.

□    Completion in the first semester of 500.401 Research Laboratory Safety

□    Attend graduate seminars (540.600/601) every semester. Students are expected to enroll and attend department seminars throughout their tenure in the department.

□    Successful completion of the Graduate Board Oral Exam.

□    Completion of an original research project, documented in a dissertation that is defended by the candidate in a public presentation.

□    Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research training. For complete information, see WSE’s Policy on the Responsible Conduct of Research Training.

□    Application for Graduation submitted to Registrar’s office.


for students entered before Fall 2021 Degree Requirement Checklist here.

for students entered in Fall 2021 Degree Requirement Checklist here

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