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.