Doctoral Degrees

Two doctoral degrees in engineering are offered by the University: the Doctor of Engineering Science, administered by The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy, administered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Eng.Sc.D. and Ph.D. programs have identical academic requirements with regard to courses, thesis, and examinations, but differ in residence requirements and in certain administrative details.

Please check the department of study website for details on the programs offered.  

Requirements for the Degrees
A student must obtain the master's degree (M.S.) before enrolling as a candidate for either the Ph.D. or Eng.Sc.D. degree. Application for admission as a doctoral candidate may be made while a student is enrolled as a master's degree candidate. The minimum requirement in course work is 60 points of credit beyond the bachelor's degree for either doctoral degree .

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must register full time and complete six Residence Units. A master's degree from an accredited institution may be accepted in the form of advanced standing as the equivalent of one year of residence (30 points of credit or two Residence Units) for either doctoral degree. An application for advanced standing must be completed during the first semester of study. Candidates for the Eng.Sc.D. degree must (in addition to the 60-point requirement) accumulate 12 points of credit in the departmental course E9800: Doctoral research instruction. All doctoral programs are subject to review by the Committee on Instruction of the School. In no case will more than 15 points of credit be approved for the dissertation and research and studies directly connected therewith without special approval by this Committee. Normally, a doctoral candidate specializes in a field of interest acceptable to a department of the School.

Departmental requirements may include comprehensive written and oral qualifying examinations. Thereafter, the student must write a dissertation embodying original research under the sponsorship of a member of his or her department and submit it to the department. If the department recommends the dissertation for defense, the student applies for final examination, which is held before an examining committee appointed by the Dean. This application must be made at least three weeks before the date of the final examination. A student must have a satisfactory grade-point average to be admitted to the doctoral qualifying examination. Consult the department requirements for details.

The candidate for the degree of Doctor of Engineering Science must submit evidence that his or her dissertation has been filed in compliance with requirements set by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The defense of the dissertation constitutes the final test of the candidate's qualifications. It must be demonstrated that the candidate has made a contribution to knowledge in a chosen area. In content the dissertation should, therefore, be a distinctly original contribution in the selected field of study. In form it must show the mastery of written English which is expected of a university graduate.

Ph.D. candidates should obtain a copy of the bulletin of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in which are printed the faculty requirements for the Ph.D. degree. These are supplemented by the requirements of the department of major interest.

Doctoral Research Instruction
In order that the University may recover the costs that are not defrayed by the University's income from tuition, charges for research required for the Eng.Sc.D. are assessed as given below.

Ph.D. candidates should consult the bulletin of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the research instruction requirements that apply to them.

An Eng.Sc.D. candidate is required to do the following:

  1. At the time the student begins doctoral research, the student is eligible to register for E9800 (3, 6, 9, or 12 points of credit). Twelve points must have been accumulated by the time the student is to receive the degree.
  2. Registration for E9800 at a time other than that prescribed above is not permitted, except by written permission of the Dean.
  3. Although 12 points of E9800 are required for the doctoral degree, no part of this credit may count toward the minimum residence requirement of 30 points (or 60 points beyond the bachelor's degree).
  4. If a student is required to take course work beyond the minimum residence requirements, the 12 points of doctoral research instruction must still be taken in addition to the required course work.
  5. A student must register continuously through the autumn and spring terms. This requirement does not include the summer session.

Completion of Requirements
The requirements for the Eng.Sc.D. degree must be completed in no more than seven years. The seven-year time period begins at the time the student becomes a candidate for the Eng.Sc.D. degree and extends to the date on which the dissertation defense is held.

Extension of the time allowed for completion of the degree may be granted on recommendation of the student's sponsor and the department chair to the Dean when special circumstances warrant. Such extensions are initiated by submitting a statement of work in progress and a schedule for completion together with the sponsor's recommendation to the department chair.

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