9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science
General Information |
Degree Programs |
Program Descriptions |
Course Descriptions |
Admission Requirements |
Financial Assistance |
Special Fellowships |
Right to Petition |
Transfer Credit |
Air Force and Army ROTC |
Graduate Degree Credit for
Joint Degree Program |
Master of Science |
Master of Engineering |
Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and
Doctor of Philosophy
The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers instruction
leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the following
fields: Applied Mathematics, Applied Mechanics (pending), Biomedical
Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer
Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials
Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Nuclear Engineering, and Systems Engineering.
An advisory committee for each doctoral student is appointed by
the Office of the Dean upon recommendation of the chairperson
of the student's department or curriculum. At least one member
of the advisory committee shall be from outside the student's
department and major curriculum study area. The committee will
meet with the student as soon as possible to assist in planning
a detailed program of studies and research. The committee will
recommend a program of formal courses, discuss research objectives
and research plans with the student, and advise the student on
the areas in which he/she must take qualifying examinations. The
committee will meet with the student as needed to review progress
and if necessary assist the student in revising the program of
studies. A preliminary examination may be required as part of
Degree Requirements A candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy
degree must fulfill the following general requirements.
- Completion of at least three sessions or equivalent of graduate
study after the baccalaureate degree, or two sessions or equivalent
after the master's degree. At least one session beyond the master's
degree must be in full residence at the University of Virginia
in Charlottesville. For the purpose of satisfying these requirements,
two regular semesters will be considered as one session.
- Satisfactory completion of an approved program of study. Each
program of study is tailored to the individual student, and the
emphasis on course work varies among departments. A typical program
includes 24 credits or more of graduate courses beyond the master's
degree, with 12 credits taken at the 700 level or above. At least
six credits of study devoted to graduate mathematics are expected.
If the student has bypassed the master's degree, a typical program
would include 48 credits or more beyond the Bachelor's degree.
Additional cross disciplinary courses are highly recommended.
Transfer of course credit from other schools of recognized standing
may be included in the program of study. The program of study
shall be submitted by the student for approval first to the department
faculty and then to the Office of the Dean no later than the
end of the second semester of doctoral study.
- Satisfactory performance in the comprehensive examination.
The comprehensive examination, both written and oral, is a general
subject examination given to determine whether the student has
assimilated and is able to integrate a body of advanced knowledge.
This examination shall consist of both written and oral forms,
the student shall be examined in a broad spectrum of subject areas,
and the examination must be passed as a whole. The examination
generally must be completed within a 30-day period.
- Submission of a dissertation based upon independent original
research which makes a contribution to knowledge. In preparation
for conducting research and writing the dissertation, a student
shall prepare a written dissertation outline. This outline shall
describe the current state of the art with bibliography, shall
outline the proposed method of investigation, and shall discuss
the anticipated results. The student shall then make an oral presentation
of the outline to the advisory committee in a public presentation.
All members of the faculty shall be invited to attend and participate
in this presentation. After the oral presentation, the written
dissertation outline shall be submitted by the student for approval
to the department faculty or its designated committee and the
Office of the Dean.
- Admission to candidacy for the degree: A student must have
satisfactorily completed the comprehensive examination and received
approval for the dissertation outline before being admitted to
candidacy. Admission to candidacy must be completed at least one
semester before the degree is awarded.
- Satisfactory performance in a final examination conducted
orally by a committee appointed by the Office of the Dean; this
committee to include the candidate's advisory committee. The examination
will be held after the candidate has submitted the dissertation
and will be designed to test the student's knowledge of a field
of research. Candidates who are accepted by the examining committee
and approved by the faculty will be presented for degrees at the
first scheduled graduation exercises of the University following
completion of the requirements.
- An applicant must apply for a degree on the standard form
by the date specified in the academic calendar.
- Three copies of the approved final dissertation must be submitted
to the Office of the Dean by the date specified in the academic
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