PHD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Most students entering the program will have a master of science degree. The program will accept students into the program with a bachelor of science degree on a very selective basis.

  • The student must take a minimum of six courses (18 credits) including at least one graduate level mathematics course. The actual courses and any additional courses will be listed in a program of study that will be drawn up by the student's Guidance Committee.
  • The student will be required to register for 30 credits of research.
  • The student will be required to take a qualifying examinations preferably before the end of the second semester or as determined appropriate by his/her Guidance Committee. This examination will be in two areas: mathematics and a discipline specific exam. A maximum of two attempts is permitted to pass this examination.
  • After passing the qualifying exam, all full-time PhD students are required to complete EGR 9240, the PhD Professional Development Seminar
  • In addition, he/she is required to defend a proposal of dissertation as well as a final dissertation defense.

This path is highly selective and limited to only the most highly qualified candidates.

  • The student must take a minimum of fourteen courses (42 credits) including at least one graduate level mathematics course. The actual courses and any additional courses will be listed in a program of study that will be drawn up by the student's Guidance Committee.
  • The student will be required to register for 30 credits of research.
  • The student will be required to take a qualifying examinations before the end of the fourth semester or as determined appropriate by his Guidance Committee. This examination will be in two areas: mathematics and a discipline specific exam. A maximum of two attempts is permitted to pass this examination.
  • After passing the qualifying exam, all full-time PhD students are required to complete EGR 9240, the PhD Professional Development Seminar.
  • In addition, he/she is required to defend a proposal of dissertation as well as a final dissertation defense.

The degree requirements must be completed within six years following the passing of the qualifying examination.

For questions about graduate admission or enrollment:

Andrew Pellens
Enrollment Coordinator
610-519-6723

For current or incoming PhD students with questions:

Leslie McNamee
Program Coordinator
610-519-5840

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