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PhD Degree

General PhD Requirements at Clarkson University (complete details found in the Clarkson Catalog:

  • 90 Credit hours minimum (beyond the BS), corresponding to a minimum to three academic years of full-time study, a minimum of nine course credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
  • A master's degree may be acceptable in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours of transfer credit.  Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure id completed.
  • All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the PhD program.  A student may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure.  If a student fails in the first attempt, he/she has two months to make a second attempt.  A student who does not complete the candidacy procedure within the time allowed will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one member from outside the department of the Thesis Advisor.
  • A student in the PhD program who has not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called a PhD student.  After the procedure has been completed, the student will be called a PhD candidate.

Specific PhD Requirements for Materials Science and Engineering:

The following 2 courses are required:

MSE 560              Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 551              Advanced Materials Characterization

PhD students must also take 4 courses from one of these two focus areas:

CM 530              Colloids and Interfaces
CM 551              Manufacturing Implications of Advanced Materials Processing
CM 566              Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
CM 584              Multicomponent Polymer Systems
EE  541              Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
ES  557              Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
ES  564              Corrosion Engineering
ME 591               Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
ME 595               Principles of Physical Metallurgy
PH 528               Intrermolecular Forces in Modern Nanotechnology
PH 541               Solid State Physics I
CM 585/PH585  Nanostructured Materials
PH 589/EE 543  Physics of Semiconductor Devices
PH 636                Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

 Advanced Material and Biomaterials:
BY 512       Advanced Cell Biology
BY 612       Molecular Biology
CH 515       Polymer Materials
CM 553       Medical and Pharmaceutical Biomaterials
CM 566       Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
CM 583       Introduction to Polymer Science
CM 584       Multicomponent Polymer Systems
EE 539        Dielectrics
EE 541        Electronic Devices for IC Simulation
ES 552        Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering Applications
ES 557        Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication
ES 564        Corrosion Engineering
ME 557/CE 521  Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials
ME 590        Advanced Welding Metallurgy
ME 591        Micro/Nano Systems Engineering
ME 595        Principles of Physical Metallurgy
ME 637        Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal
PH 541        Solid State Physics I
PH 589/EE 543   Physics of Semiconductor Devices
PH 636        Scanning Probe Techniques in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

PhD students must also take 4 graduate elective courses.


Information for Prospective Students:

Apply Online

MSE Curriculum

MSE Graduate Handbook (under construction)

Areas of Specialization

Information for Current Students:

Instruction for Preparation and Defense of a PhD Thesis

Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

International Students:

See the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)