PhD

  • Ninety credit hours minimum beyond the BS
  • Minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework
    • minimum of 15 credit hours in the major field
    • minimum of nine credit hours in the minor field
    • minimum of six credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed
  • Minimum of six credit hours of seminar
  • Sixty credit hours earned in residence at Clarkson
  • Two years of full‑time study in residence at Clarkson
  • Maximum of 30 hours of graduate transfer credit (B grade or better)
  • Official transcripts need to be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
  • All work must be completed within seven years after the student is identified as a PhD candidate. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent in part-time study is required.
  • The comprehensive examination (qualifying examination and research proposal defense examination) for admission to candidacy must be taken within two years after admission to the PhD program. A student will be dropped from the program if the exam is failed twice
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before an examining committee. The examining committee will consist of a minimum of five members, four of whom must be Clarkson faculty members. At least one of the faculty must be from a department other than the advisor’s department. With the approval of the provost, the fifth member may be any person with appropriate credentials from either inside or outside the University.
  • The program for research assistants and teaching assistants will include at least one credit hour of thesis each semester.
  • Qualifying examination
  • Research proposal defense examination
  • Examination on the dissertation

Example Courses and Concentrations

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Stochastic Processes in Engineering
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
  • Initial and Boundary Value Problems
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Numerical Methods
  • Advanced Conduction Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Optimal Design
  • Advanced CAD
  • Advanced Mechanical Vibration
  • Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Welding Metallurgy
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy