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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Disciplines 

Through the School of Engineering, Clarkson offers PhD degrees in chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering, and engineering science. All Ph.D. applicants need to show proof that they have received a Master's degree or are currently in a masters program before they can be admitted into a Ph.D. program.  A PhD degree in Environmental Science and Engineering is offered through the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. For those interested in an academic or industrial research career, Clarkson’s PhD programs in engineering provide an opportunity to pursue leading-edge research and a high degree of specialization, especially in our areas of research focus (materials, environment and energy, biomedical/biotechnology and simulation-based engineering).

An off-campus option allows students working full time to integrate research required for a work-related research problem with requirements for the PhD.

The PhD degree requires each student to complete a minimum of 90 graduate credit hours (60 past the MS degree), comprised of coursework (credits requirements vary), seminar (6 credits minimum), and research credits. The degree requires each student to complete an independent and original research project that leads to a written dissertation which is defended orally to a committee of five faculty members.

The PhD degree typically takes 3-5 years to complete.  Funding in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships and partial tuition waivers is available on a competitive basis.

Further details for the specific degree requirements are included in each program’s graduate handbook.