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University requirements dictate 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree and 90 credit hours for the Ph.D. degree. 

The ISE Graduate Handbook is intended to assist faculty members and graduate students with operating procedures, policies, and degree requirements for the ISE graduate degrees. 

M.S. Degree
University Requirements:

  • 30 Credit Hours
    • at least 18 credits of graduate course work
    • at least 2 credits of seminar
    • at least 6 credits of thesis (or 4 credits towards a project)
  • ≥ 3.0 cumulative GPA in coursework contributing to degree requirements
  • At least two seminars in residence
  • All accepted international students, for whom English is a second language, are required to take an English-as-a-Second-Language placement exam (LA005) upon their arrival on campus. Recommended ESL courses must be completed. 
  • The ESE degree typically takes 18 to 24 months to complete but all work must be completed within five years.

Ph.D. Degree
University Requirements (complete details found in the Clarkson Catalog):

  • 90 credit hours minimum (beyond the B.S.), corresponding to a minimum to three academic years of full-time study, a minimum of nine course credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
    • A maximum of 30 credits (B grade or better) may be transferred from a Master’s degree towards the Ph.D. degree. Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded (Complete Graduate Transfer Credit Request Form
    • A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework
    • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the Ph.D. 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 an approved committee.
  • A student in the Ph.D. program who has not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called a Ph.D. student. After the procedure has been completed, the student will be called a Ph.D. candidate.

All students (M.S. and Ph.D.) must take at least one course from the following:
EV 532 Risk Analysis
EC 660 Environmental Economics
CE 582 Environmental Systems Analysis
CE 586 Introduction to Industrial Ecology

M.S. students must take a least two courses from at least one of the course groups listed in Appendix A, and must take at least three courses in engineering.

Ph.D. students must take at least two courses from at least two of the course groups lsited in Appendix A, for a total of at least 24 credit hours of coursework.