PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all coursework and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements
Degrees Credits
MS-PhD (minimum) 30 Credits
BS-PhD (minimum) 60 Credits

Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.


The rules for the minimum number of credit hours one must accumulate for the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) program must also satisfy the Graduate School requirements. These courses must be approved by the advisor or co-advisors and the CSE Program Director on the Degree Schedule form. They will form the basis for the computational part of the qualifying exams.

Home Department

Every CSE student has a home department, where their advisor is located. New graduate students will attend this department’s orientation. The rules and regulations of the home department regarding research and any teaching as a graduate teaching assistant should be followed.