Expectations of the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering
(Revised by IMSE Graduate Studies Committee Sept. 3, 2015;
Approved by IMSE Core Faculty Sept. 10, 2015)
To remain in good standing and complete the IMSE Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering, students must meet the following expectations:
· Successfully complete coursework requirements (minimum 36 academic credits), including:
o 4 required core courses (12 credits)
§ MEMS 5601, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
§ MEMS 5608, Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering
§ MEMS 5610, Quantitative Materials Science and Engineering
§ Phys 537, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
o A solid state science course (3 credits)
§ Chem 465, Solid State and Materials Chemistry OR Phys 472, Solid State Physics
o 3 courses from a pre-approved list of Materials Science and Engineering electives (9 credits)
o Minimum of 2 semesters of IMSE 501, IMSE Graduate Seminar (min. 2 credits; max. of 3 credits)
o IMSE 500, 1st year PhD Research Rotation (3 credits)
§ Reports must be submitted by the first day of final exams for the semester
o Sufficient graduate elective courses from any IMSE department to reach a total of 36 credits
§ A maximum of 3 credits of IMSE 502, Independent Study, will be permitted toward this requirement.
§ 400 level courses not included on the pre-approved list of Materials Science and Engineering electives must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
o A maximum of 12 credits of 400 level courses may be applied to the required 36 academic credits.
· Successfully complete a minimum of 36 research credits
· Maintain a GPA of 3.0 for all 72 credits
o Have no more than one grade below B- in a required course
· Successfully complete teaching requirement
o Attend 2+ Teaching Center Workshops
o Have 15 units of teaching experience (including 5 at the basic & 5 at the advanced level)
· Pass the IMSE Qualifying Examination (oral + written)
· Identify an IMSE faculty member willing and able to support their thesis research on a materials-related topic
· Maintain satisfactory research progress on a topic in materials science, as determined by the Thesis Advisor and Mentoring Committee
· Successfully complete the Thesis Proposal and Presentation, with approval from the Thesis Examination Committee
· Successfully complete and defend a Ph.D. Dissertation, with final approval from Thesis Examination Committee.
Additional requirements and expectations may be set by the Director of Graduate Studies. These will be given to the student in writing.