Doctoral & MS/PhD Program Requirements

A. Doctoral Program requirements

1) The minimum number of credits required for a doctoral degree is 32, of which at least 18 must be course credits and 14 research credits.
(Credits from courses taken to fulfill the requirements for a master's degree will be excluded.)
2) Take AMSE899 (Doctoral Dissertation Research) or 4 semesters of AMSE701
(Seminars in Materials Science) to fulfill the research credit requirement.
3) Course Credits
a. Major Electives:
- AMSE500, 600 and 700 level courses
- Graduate courses from other departments
- Two 400 level courses from MSE or other departments (undergraduate courses)
- Total number of credits earned by taking graduate courses from other departments with the S/U
(Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade option and by taking 400 level courses may not exceed 6 credits.
4) AMSE encourages its students to take at least 6 credits from other departments or disciplines to enrich their knowledge and broaden their perspectives.
5) Students are required to pass the Q.E and the proposal defense by the time designated by AMSE.

B. MS/PhD Integrated Program requirements

1) The minimum number of credits required for the MS/PhD Integrated Program is 60, of which at least 42 must be course credits and 18 research credits.
2) The courses students may take to meet the course and research requirements are the same as for the doctoral degree.
3) Students are required to pass the Q.E and the proposal defense by the time designated by AMSE.
4) If a student in a master's program wishes to transfer to the integrated program, he/she must meet the requirements and follow the procedures specified in the Statutes of the university.
5) If a student in the integrated program who has completed all the requirements for a master's degree wishes to withdraw from the integrated program, he/she may be conferred a master's degree.

Program requirements listed above apply ONLY to the students who have started their programs after 2015. Students who have started their programs before 2014 need to check the program requirements with an academic advisor.