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  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2014-2015 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Engineering Physics, Ph.D


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Ph.D. Degree


Course Requirements


The general Regulations for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy appear earlier in the Calendar. Students with a Master’s degree are required to take three half courses, at least two of which must be at the 700- level. Students entering into the Ph.D. program directly from a Baccalaureate degree, or transferring into the Ph.D. program without being required to complete the Master’s degree are required to take a total of six half courses, of which at least four must be at the 700-level.

Comprehensive Examination


During their course of study, doctoral candidates will be required to pass a Departmental Comprehensive Examination. The purpose of this examination is to ensure that the candidate possesses sufficient knowledge and maturity of approach. The Comprehensive Examination will be in two parts.

Part I


Part I will be an oral examination to test the student’s undergraduate level of knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics, and the engineering sciences.

Part II


Part II will take the form of an oral examination designed to examine the student’s understanding of, and approach to, her/his proposed dissertation research. The candidate will normally take Part I within 8 months of admission to the doctoral program, and Part II no later than 24 months following admission. Both parts of the Examination may, at the discretion of the Department, be repeated once. Reporting of examination results will be done in accordance with the Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

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