The Ph.D. in materials science and engineering has three main requirements:
Ph.D. students will develop an individualized program of study with their advisory committee. The program of study describes the specific courses, research and related activities you will take to meet your degree requirements. The Graduate Dean must approve your program of study, and we recommended that you develop a program of study as soon as possible upon arriving at the university.
When you start your program, you may be assigned a temporary advisor. However, you should select a general research area, full advisory committee and major advisor sometime during the first semester, if you are entering the Ph.D. program having already completed a master's degree. If you do not have a master's degree when you start the program, you may take additional time to settle on your advisory committee.
Advisory or examining committees consist of at least five members of the graduate faculty: three from your area of specialization, and two from a department outside Chemical and Materials Engineering. Formal approval of your advisory or examining committee is given by the Graduate Dean. The committee is very important in guiding your progress toward an advanced degree, and high priority should be placed in forming the committee during the first semester. You are free to change advisors or committee members at any time.