Degree Requirements for Ph.D. Program

  • Qualifying exam (0 -1 yr) – The incoming student has to pass this exam in within three attempts (for undergraduate students) or two attempts (for students with master’s degree) to be enrolled for Ph.D degree.
  • Coursework and credit hours (during graduate work) –  The Department requires that all students pass a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  This includes three graduate courses (above 600-level).
  • Laboratory rotations (0 – 6 months) – The students will have to do rotation in minimum of two laboratories.
  • Prospectus defense (1st yr) – The student proposes their research work to the department.
  • Project updates (each year) – Oral presentation to the department each academic year.
  • Comprehensives (3rd yr) – defend questions from the committee or write and defend an original proposal.
  • Dissertation defense  – Submit thesis to the committee and defend before the department.