To ensure that all students make timely progress through the Ph.D. in Engineering Program, we have enacted a Milestone Deadline policy. Please refer to this policy as you schedule your courses, complete your Program of Study, and plan your examinations. Please contact the program coordinator with any questions or concerns about compliance with the Milestone Deadline policy.

Occasionally, scheduling constraints may interfere with timely completion of the Program Qualification deadline. In most cases, we can make adjustments to accommodate your choice of courses. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Milestone Deadlines

The Program Coordinator will monitor your progress. Your focus area chair and your faculty advisor will be notified if you fall behind the timeline.

NOTE: The timelines are specified for students entering the program with an M.S. degree. Students entering with a B.S. degree will have an additional 30 credit hours to meet the specified milestones.

  • Milestone 1:
    By the time a student has earned 32 credit hours after the M.S. degree, the student is required to complete either the Program Qualification or the Candidacy Exam.
  • Milestone 2:
    By the time a student has earned 64 credit hours after the M.S. degree, the student is required to take the Candidacy Exam and complete the Program Qualification.
  • Milestone 3:
    By the time a student has earned 96 credit hours after the M.S. degree, the student is required to present the Research Proposal.
  • Milestone 4:
    Within 128 credit hours after the M.S. degree, the student is required to have completed the Dissertation Defense.

Consequences

If a student fails to meet a milestone,

  1. financial support, including tuition, from any University source will be stopped;
  2. in the following summer, the student will not be permitted to register for dissertation or independent study hours;

until the student is in compliance with the objective of the milestone.

It is acknowledged that certain research involving human subjects and associated approvals by the Institution Review Board (IRB) requires more time. Students involved in such research will receive an extension of two years to complete their projects (Milestone 4). The dissertation advisor will submit a memo detailing the reason for the extension to the Program Office along with the completed Record of Research Proposal Defense.

For other exceptions, the student may petition to the Student Affairs Committee.