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Clarkson offers a range of distance learning course-delivery modes. Depending on course curriculum or program requirements, you can either attend class synchronously with on-campus peers or meet in virtual classrooms as the instructor leads a lecture and group discussion.

As a distance learning student, you view recorded lectures asynchronously and interface with faculty for homework and assignments. Group projects with classmates are facilitated through interactive technologies that are widely available in today's workplaces. Occasional visits to campus should be anticipated as you fulfill research requirements.

96% Class of 2018 Total Undergraduate Placement
80% Employed
13% Continuing Ed
3% Alternative
Top Employers

Amazon • Amphenol Aerospace • BAE Systems • General Dynamics Mission Systems • General Electric • IBM • Lockheed Martin • National Grid • Pratt & Whitney • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals • Whiting-Turner Contracting

$60,901 Starting Salary

For the Class of 2018

Top Grad Schools

Cornell University • Duke University • Georgia Institute of Technology • University of Rochester • SUNY University at Buffalo • Pennsylvania State University • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • SUNY Upstate Medical University • Clarkson University

Off-campus Ph.D. Program Options

Our off-campus Ph.D. program assists qualified, non-resident candidates to matriculate at Clarkson as doctoral-degree candidates in the following disciplines: 

  • Bioscience & Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
About Our Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. research directly aligns with your research needs, in addition to those of your employer. You work closely with a research advisor from Clarkson and a co-advisor at your workplace. Your off-campus co-advisor is also expected to be a member of the dissertation committee. The relationship between your employer and Clarkson University must conform to Clarkson's Conflict of Interest Policy.

The normal Ph.D. requirements for your department must be met. As with on-campus Ph.D. students, up to 30 credits, with a grade of B or better, can be transferred and used to meet the 90-credit-hour degree requirements. There is a maximum of nine credits of coursework offered through distance learning. It is generally expected that part-time off-campus students will pay full tuition; any request for tuition waivers for off-campus students must be approved by the Dean.

You must also have access to a reliable broadband connection, current operating systems, a headset and a video player.

"The program is a great way for working professionals to pursue the Ph.D. and to advance their careers.   Our off-campus students who complete the program receive the same Ph.D. degree that we offer to our full-time residential students — they take the same classes and have the same research requirements. Balancing work and the pursuit of a Ph.D. is challenging so we encourage our off-campus students to pursue a Ph.D. research topic that is synergistic with their work.  I completed all of my graduate work while working full time so I understand the challenges — and know it can be done!"

William D. Jemison, Ph.D.

Online Course Listing

Clarkson University hosts many online graduate courses each term. To see the current list of online courses, please follow the link below:

View upcoming course availability here