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Graduate Study in Interdisciplinary Engineering Science

Clarkson University offers M.S. and Ph.D programs in Engineering Science for qualified students who desire interdisciplinary graduate study in engineering that does not fit within any of the four engineering departments shown below.

Admission
The applicant should have a solid foundation in science and mathematics as evidenced by academic grades and scores on the Graduate Record Examination. International applicants must also submit a TOEFL score. Application materials may be obtained via the link at the top of this page.

Research Advisor
Any Clarkson engineering professor may serve as the research advisor to an IES student. With the approval of the Dean of Engineering, other Clarkson professors from science or mathematics may also serve as the research advisor.  It is strongly recommended that you have identified a potential advisor before the application is submitted and include reference to that advisor in your statement of purpose.

M.S. Requirements

B.S. in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

1.  The following are minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 credits beyond B.S.
  • Minimum of 18 credits of graduate course work (12 credits in engineering).
  • GPA for graduation is B (3.0/4.0).
  • 2 credits of seminar work (in engineering or science).
  • Minimum of 6 credits of thesis.
  • 20 of the 30 credit hour must be earned in residence
  • 1 academic year of full time study beyond the Baccalaureate

2.  All work completed in 4 calendar years.

3.  The research advisor must be a member of CSoE (can be a courtesy appointment).

4. M.S. Thesis Committee will consist of a minimum of three faculty members (Ph.D.) with at least two from CSoE.

Ph.D. Requirements

M.S. in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

1.  The following are minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 credits beyond M.S., 90 credits beyond the B.S.
  • Minimum of 39 credits of graduate course work (minimum of 24 credits in engineering).
  • GPA for graduation is B (3.0/4.0).
  • 6 credits of seminar (in engineering or science).
  • Ph.D. Thesis Committee: Minimum of five faculty Members (Ph.D.) with at least three from CSoE.

2. A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).

3. All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed

4.  The research advisor must be a member of CSoE. (A Clarkson faculty with a courtesy appointment in CSoE can serve as thesis advisor).

Sequence of Examinations:

a.     Qualifying Examination: A written qualifying exam is required within one year of admission to the Ph.D. program.  The qualifying exam will be administered by the Chair of student’s Ph.D. Committee or the researcher advisor’s departmental graduate committee.  The outcome of the exam is determined by a vote of the respective committees, with no more than one dissenting vote permitted for passage. (Failure to pass the qualifying examination twice is grounds for dismissal from the program.)

b.     Research Proposal Defense Examination: Administered by Ph.D. Thesis Committee within one year of passing the qualifying exam.

c.     Examination on the Dissertation: Administered by Ph.D. Thesis Committee at least one year after passing the proposal defense.

For additional information, contact
Kelly Sharlow
enggrad@clarkson.edu
315-268-7929