Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy
Each doctoral candidate must complete a minimum of 75 credits of academic work past the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 36 credits of dissertation research, to complete the PhD in Materials Chemistry program. A minimum of 30 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree (not including PhD dissertation and non-dissertation research credits) are required in chemistry or related subjects. Of the 30 credits, 12 are to be taken as part of the required graduate core courses in Materials Chemistry, 6 are from student seminars, a chemical information course, and lab safety, and 12 are taken as electives. For electives: at least 2 electives (6 credits) are to be chosen from approved CM courses, 6000-level and above. The remaining electives need to be selected in consultation with and with an explicit approval from the materials chemistry graduate adviser. In addition to the required coursework, attendance is required at departmental colloquia.
Students must also pass a comprehensive qualifying examination in materials chemistry and present a doctoral dissertation. The qualifying exam is given once a year. Additional details on the qualifying examination will be provided by the graduate adviser.
To meet graduation requirements, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, excluding dissertation credits, and must not obtain a grade of C or lower in more than two required core courses.
A student who has earned graduate level credits and/or been awarded an MS degree should consult with the graduate adviser for course registration and possible credit transfer.
Candidates for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Chemistry should plan their programs in accordance with the following requirements: