A total of 66 credit hours of combined graduate course work and research are required for completion of the program. The course work requires a combination of foundation courses, major and minor technical area courses, and electives. The student must pass the Qualifying Exam, the Candidacy Exam, and the Dissertation Defense Exam for completion of degree requirements.
Phase 1: The first phase of the Ph.D. program is to prepare the student with the foundation in science and engineering required for the program as well as to determine the student's ability to do independent research. This includes the foundation and specialization courses taken during the first year together with the successful completion of the Qualifying Exam. The Qualifying Exam tests the student's ability to think and learn independently, to critically evaluate current research work in microsystems engineering, and to use good judgment and creativity to determine appropriate directions for future research work.
Phase 2: The second phase of the Ph.D. program consists of course work in the Program of Study and preliminary dissertation research. Much of this course work will support the student's research to be conducted in the Third Phase. This second phase will be completed when the student has finished most of the formal course work as prescribed in the Program of Study, has prepared the Dissertation Proposal and has passed the Candidacy Examination.
Phase 3: The third stage of the Ph.D. program consists of the completion of the experimental and/or theoretical work needed to complete the student's dissertation along with the required publication of results. The Research Review Milestone is held as a meeting in the Third Phase as is the Defense of the Dissertation, which consists of a public oral presentation and examination.