Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

General

Program Description

Admission to the School of CMB

In addition to College of Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. requirements, the School of CMB has the following admission guidance and requirements:

  • Consideration is given particularly to the following components of the application: GRE and other test scores, undergraduate Grade Point Average, the studentâs Statement of Purpose (SOP), and letters of recommendation.
  • Quality students who have completed a B.S. degree in a non-engineering field such as Physics, Chemistry or Biology and who have completed mathematics through differential equations will be considered for admission to the Schoolâs graduate program. These students typically are required to complete 3-4 additional engineering courses at the onset of their graduate education which will be determined by the School Curriculum Committee in coordination with the College Graduate Admissions and Advisory Committee.
  • Change of major from M.S. to Ph.D.: a) each GRE score must be at least 150 (verbal and quantitative), b) Ph.D. entrance requirements must be met, c) adequate progress in the M.S. must be demonstrated, d) the undergrad GPA must be at least 3.0 (or its equivalent), and e) a compelling case for the change must be given.

Program of Study

Minimum requirement â 72 credit hours (minimum of 32 credit hours course work; minimum of 40 credit hours research and dissertation)

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Required Courses (10 credit hours)

  • ENGR 6910: Foundations for Engineering Research (3 credit hours)
  • BIOE 8970: Bioengineering Seminar (4 semesters, 4 credit hours)* OR
  • ENGR 8950: Graduate Seminar (total of 4 semesters, 4 credit hours) *
  • ENGR 8103: Computational Engineering (3 credit hours)

Electives (22 credit hours)

Minimum of 22 additional credit hours of course work selected with the approval of the studentâs Graduate Advisory Committee. At least 10 hours must be 8000-level or above, and at least 12 h must be courses offered by the College of Engineering. The University requires that students who are accepted to the Ph.D. program directly from a B.S. degree or who switch to the Ph.D. program before earning an M.S. degree must complete an additional 4 semester hours of University of Georgia courses open only to graduate students

Research and Dissertation (40 credit hours)

  • A minimum of 37 hours of doctoral research (ENGR 9000) or Project-focused Doctoral Research (9010). Typically, students complete more than 37 credit hours with the approval of the Graduate Advisory Committee.
  • 3 hours of Doctoral Dissertation (ENGR 9300) is required on the Plan of Study.

* Only 3 hours of Bioengineering Seminar or Graduate Seminar may apply on the Program of Study. Individual Programs or Schools may require students to enroll for additional semesters. Students are strongly encouraged to continue regular attendance of speaker series presentations even if not formally registered in the seminar.

Last updated August 2019

About the School

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