The Doctor of Philosophy degree represents the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in independent research that culminates in the completion of a dissertation of original scientific merit. Hence, it cannot be prescribed in terms of a fixed semester credit hour requirement.
Generally, the degree consists of 90 semester credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree and 60 hours beyond the master’s degree, with 12 semester credit hours allocated for the dissertation.
It is expected that the candidate will have published at least one original research article in a refereed journal prior to graduation.
Admission to the Doctoral Program
Departmental admission to doctoral candidacy in materials science requires a satisfactory score on the written and oral sections of the qualifying examination (see “Examinations” section below). Contact the Toulouse Graduate School or the program for current admission requirements, or see information posted on the graduate school web site at graduateschool.unt.edu.
Approximately a year after the candidate is admitted to candidacy, the student is examined on the chosen area of specialization: metallic, ceramic, polymer or electronic materials (see “Examinations” section below for details).
Enrollment in MTSE 6950 is not allowed until the student has been admitted to candidacy and has successfully passed the examination on the chosen specialization.
- A written qualifying examination is taken after completion of the core curriculum courses over the contents of these courses. This examination is generally conducted in the summer term/semester.
- After passing the written exam, students are required to complete and defend an original proposal unrelated to their research.
- Upon passing the written and oral examination by the examination committee, the applicant is admitted to candidacy.
- A comprehensive oral exam related to the area of specialization of the student (metallic, ceramic, polymer or electronic materials), not to be confused with the student’s PhD dissertation defense, is taken by doctoral candidates approximately one year after they have completed the oral and written qualifying exam.
- Details of the examination schedule, expectations and criteria for successful completion are available in the Materials Science Graduate Student Handbook available in the department office and posted to the department web site.
This oral examination is primarily a defense of the dissertation, which must be submitted in final form to the final examination committee at least seven days prior to the scheduled oral examination.
Seminar in Current Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
All doctoral students are expected to attend MTSE 5700 during each term/semester of full-time graduate study. A seminar based on the student’s dissertation research must be given during the regularly scheduled class time prior to and in addition to the formal defense of the dissertation.