Ph.D. Exam Requirements
The format of the Ph.D. qualifying examination is as follows:
- Students are limited in the number of times
they may repeat a class and the number of classes that can
- All students entering the Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D. program must take the Qualifying Examination the second
time it is offered after having joined the MSE Department,
i.e. students entering in the Fall semester are expected
to take the QE the following June, whereas students entering
in the Spring semester will take the QE the following January.
Students have the option of taking the exam early if they
- The Ph.D. qualifying examination consists of an oral exam
only. The student is to be assigned a mini-research project
outside the student's main research area. The student is
then examined through an oral presentation to a three member
examining committee. The students will be graded on their
ability to identify and organize research issues, their ability
to develop a research strategy, critical thinking and proposed
solutions for the assignment problem. In addition, the student's
team work capabilities and presentation capabilities will
also be measured.
- The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination will be offered at the
start of the fall and spring semesters each year.
- Students will have two opportunities to take the oral examination,
unless the examination committee advises otherwise.
- Upon passing the QE, it is expected that students will
choose a Ph.D. thesis advisor, if they have not already done
so, and begin their Ph.D. thesis research. Within 12 to 18
months of passing the QE, the student needs to select a Ph.D.
Thesis Examination Committee and schedule his or her Ph.D.
- Overview of the Ph.D. Qualifying