Degree Requirements

General PhD Requirements at Clarkson University:

  • Ninety credit hours minimum (beyond the BS), corresponding to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study; a minimum of 9 credits must be obtained at Clarkson
    • master’s degree may be acceptable in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours of transfer credit. Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
    • minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework
    • minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work is to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the PhD program. Students may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure. If they fail in the first attempt, they have two months to make a second attempt. Students who do not complete the candidacy procedure within the time allowed will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members, with at least one member from outside the department of the thesis advisor.
  • Students in the PhD program who have not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called PhD students. After the procedure has been completed, the students will be called PhD candidates.

Specific PhD Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering:

The following two courses are required:

  • Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Characterization

PhD students must also take four courses from one of these two focus areas:

Nanotechnnology:

  • Colloids and Interfaces
  • Manufacturing Implications of Advanced Materials Processing
  • Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
  • Multicomponent Polymer Systems
  • Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
  • Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy
  • Intrermolecular Forces in Modern Nanotechnology
  • Solid State Physics I
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

Advanced Material and Biomaterials:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Polymer Materials
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biomaterials
  • Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
  • Introduction to Polymer Science
  • Multicomponent Polymer Systems
  • Dielectrics
  • Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
  • Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering Applications
  • Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Welding Metallurgy
  • Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy
  • Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal
  • Solid State Physics I
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter