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Ph.D. Candidacy Examination

Scheduling of Candidacy Exam:

The Ph.D. Candidacy Exam will be scheduled in August (for students starting the program the previous Fall semester). The timing for the Candidacy Exam for students who start the Ph.D. program in January will be determined on an individual basis. The exact dates for the exam will depend on the availability of the faculty, and may vary from year to year. All students entering the graduate program in the fall must take the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam the first time this exam is scheduled after they enter the Graduate Program. The written part of the exam must be submitted to the Graduate Program Assistant at least two weeks prior to the oral exam.

In order to take the Candidacy Exam, students must first obtain a minimum GPA of 3.33 in Ch E 524, Ch E 535, and Ch E 544, and complete each of these courses with a grade of B or better. This requirement is designed to insure that all Ph.D. students have sufficient understanding of the core Chemical Engineering fundamentals to pursue advanced study and professional career opportunities. Students who do not meet this prerequisite will be required to first complete a Masters thesis before they can petition for an exemption from the GPA requirement. The decision to allow the student to continue towards the Masters degree will be made by the student’s thesis advisor.

Upon completion of the Masters degree, the student must submit a written petition (including a letter from the thesis advisor) to the Department, requesting an exemption from the GPA requirement. Petitions will be considered by the entire faculty and will only be granted if the student has demonstrated truly exceptional research performance, leading to publication of key research results. If the petition is approved, the student will be allowed to take the Candidacy Exam the next time it is scheduled.

Updated on 07/22/14

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