Ph.D.

If you began your PhD program prior to Fall 2007, see Academic Services Office (ASO) regarding your program.

Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

  • Required Credit Hours: 90 beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • Required: 18 hours EMA5000–6000 level courses with a minimum grade of C or better and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Maximum: 6 credits hours of coursework outside the Department; of these 3 credit hours may be an undergraduate course with a course number 3000–4999
  • Maximum 8 credits EMA 6905 — Individual Work
  • Maximum 5 credit hours EMA 6910 — Supervised Research

 


 

Proposal Defense

Ph.D. track students will have to achieve two separate requirements (one academic, one research potential) as described below in order to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.  

I. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT:

  • •All PhD track students must take 4 core classes: AMP1, AMP2, Thermo, Kinetics.
  • Students must obtain a minimum grade of B or better on the core courses. Students cannot take any core course more than twice in order to achieve this requirement.
  • All PhD track students must take 1 specialty (EMA 6XXX).
  • Students must obtain a minimum grade of B or better on the specialty course. Students cannot repeat any specialty course.
  • Students have a maximum of two years from the entry to the graduate program to achieve this academic component requirement (i.e. two Fall and two Spring semesters).
  • Under special circumstances, students identified during the recruiting process and/or first semester registration, may petition to delay enrollment in these courses in order to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation or any other course load limitation (e.g. off-campus students). An approved plan of study (by ASO, the graduate coordinator and the advisor championing the student) must be in place (petitioned and approved) before drop/add in the beginning of the first semester.

 

II. RESEARCH POTENTIAL REQUIREMENT:

  • The students must defend orally a written Ph.D. research proposal.
  • A Ph.D. supervisory committee must be in place to present/defend the research proposal.
  • Examination will be graded pass/fail.
  •  Students have a maximum of two attempts to defend the Ph.D. research proposal.
  • The students have a maximum of two years from the entry to the graduate program to achieve this research potential requirement o Online announcement must be submitted to ASO at least one week prior to the defense by following the directions below: § Go to the Students-Forms page on the www.mse.ufl.edu website
  • Click on Admission to Candidacy (Under Maintenance) in the Supervisory Committees/Defenses section, the form is self-explanatory
  • If you have any internal substitutes (maximum of 2), then indicate the substitution on the form. For example, Dr. Phillpot will substitute for Dr. Douglas

 

Proposal Defense Date

  • Entire Supervisory Committee must attend and examine the student • Two internal MSE members may be substituted if necessary
  • Supervisory Committee chair or another member of the committee must pick up the defense paperwork from ASO
  • Forms must be returned within 10 business days of the defense or ASO will process as a failed examination
  • If the exam is passed and the student has already passed the WQE, then the student will be Admitted to Candidacy
  • If the student does not pass the initial attempt of the Proposal Defense, then the 2nd attempt should be taken no later than the last day of classes the following term
  • Either requirement can be passed or achieved independently of the other. That is, the academic requirement can be met independent of the research potential requirement, and vice versa.
  • ONCE students achieve both requirements they will be admitted to Ph.D. Candidacy before the beginning of the third year. Students not successfully achieving both requirements by the end of their second year will not be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.
  • Time limitations o Per the grad school catalog, “All work for the doctorate must be completed within 5 calendar years after the qualifying examination, or this examination must be repeated.” NOTE: for the MSE department, the Qualifying Exam pertains to the completion of both the Academic Requirement and the Research Potential Requirement.
  • Admission to Candidacy – Per the grad school catalog, “All work for the doctorate must be completed within 5 calendar years after the qualifying examination, or this examination must be repeated.” NOTE: for the MSE department, the Qualifying Exam pertains to the completion of both the Academic Requirement and the Research Potential Requirement.
  • Final Exam – Per the grad school catalog, “The defense should be no more than 6 months before degree award.”

 

Dissertation Defense

Online announcement must be submitted at least one business day prior to the defense by following the directions below:

  • Go to the Students-Forms page
  • Click on Final Examinations (MS-Thesis or PhD) in the Supervisory Committees/Defenses section, the form is self-explanatory
  • If you have any internal substitutes (maximum of 2), then indicate the substitution on the form. For example, Dr. Phillpot will substitute for Dr. Douglas
  • Dissertation defense date § Entire Supervisory Committee must attend and examine the student
  • Two internal MSE members may be substituted if necessary
  • Supervisory Committee chair or another member of the committee will pick up the defense paperwork from ASO, the paperwork will include the ETD Signature Page
  • Final examination forms must be returned within 10 business days of the defense or ASO will process as a failed examination
  • If the ETD signature page is not completed at the final examination, then the student will be given the ETD page for completion. The student must submit the completed ETD page to ASO no later than three business days prior to the Graduate School Editorial Office’s published deadline for Final Examinations
  • Items 2 and 3 are tested by having you write and defend an original research proposal. The proposal topic can be related to your anticipated PhD dissertation research topic, but must contain original ideas/hypotheses/research plans independent of input from your advisor. The proposal serves to test the your ability to formulate a significant problem, to ask the right questions to solve that problem, apply the fundamentals to your problem, and to apply the correct tools to solve that problem.
  • Your supervisory committee must sign the proposal topic approval form before you write the proposal. You should give the written proposal to your committee at least one week before the defense date. At the proposal defense you will present your proposal and answer questions about your proposal from your committee. The committee may also question you on topics within your specialty that may not be directly part of the proposal, but which represent knowledge required within that specialty. The scope of this examination will be determined by the PhD committee (i.e., there is no list of required areas). You should discuss the scope of the proposal defense with your advisor if you have any questions.
  • Passing of the proposal requires a unanimous vote of the committee. The proposal will be graded solely on a pass/fail basis. Passing can not be subject to any additional conditions, such as additional coursework. If you fail the proposal defense, you may make a second attempt. The second attempt must occur in the semester following the first attempt. If you do not pass the second attempt you will not be admitted to PhD candidacy, which means you will not be able to obtain a PhD degree from our department.

 

Deadlines

The first attempt at the proposal defense must be within 24 months of the date of the first day of classes of your first semester enrolled in MSE as a graduate student (even if you were initially enrolled as an MS student). If you do not pass the first attempt, the second attempt at the proposal defense must occur in the semester immediately after the first attempt. These deadlines are absolute. If any of the deadlines are missed, you will not be admitted to PhD candidacy, which means you will not be able to obtain a PhD degree from our department.

 

Proposal Defense

Complete the on-line form at least one day prior to the defense, by following the directions below.

  • Click on Forms
  • Click on Admission to Candidacy (Under maintenance) in the SUPERVISORY COMMITTEES/DEFENSES section
  • Fill out the form and submit online.

 

Proposal Defense Date

  • Entire Supervisory Committee must attend and examine the student
  • Two internal MSE members may be substituted if necessary
  • On the day of the defense the student’s file and faculty signature page must be pick up by the Chair from the ASO and returned within 5 business days upon completion.

 

Candidacy

  • After successful completion of the academic courses, topic approval and the proposal defense, a Ph.D. student will be admitted to candidacy.
  • A course correction changing all EMA7979 hours to EMA7980 must be filled out with ASO at the time of the passing of the proposal defense to be processed through the Graduate School and Registrar
    • If this is done prior to the midpoint of the semester, that term will count as your first term of PhD study
    • Registration for a minimum of two semesters in EMA7980 is required to complete the degree

 


 

M.D./Ph.D. Program

The M.D./Ph.D. program trains physician-scientists for a career in academic medicine and engineering. Students attend medical school for the first two years and initiate their graduate research in materials science during the third year. Completion of the dissertation typically spans three to four years. Afterwards, students return to the medical school for two years to complete their clinical training. For additional information, please visit: http://mdphd.med.ufl.edu/