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Two doctoral degrees in engineering are offered within the department: 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.
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 for either doctoral degree is 60 points of credit beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must 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.