PhD in Engineering Science

Clarkson University Graduate School

Program Description

PhD in Engineering Science

Clarkson University Graduate School

Our Engineering Science program is the right fit if you want a degree that spans multiple disciplines and departments.

Clarkson University offers an MS in engineering science for qualified students who desire interdisciplinary graduate study in engineering that does not fit within any of the four engineering departments shown below.

  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

This program allows you to pursue a basic master's degree in engineering science with an emphasis on all aspects of the engineering and science schools. The degree program enables you to pursue a broad range of topics and make your master's degree your own.

Degree Requirements

MS in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

1. The following are minimum requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 credits beyond MS, 90 credits beyond the BS
  • Minimum of 39 credits of graduate coursework (minimum of 24 credits in engineering).
  • GPA for graduation is B (3.0/4.0).
  • 6 credits of seminar (in engineering or science).
  • Ph.D. Thesis Committee: Minimum of five faculty Members (Ph.D.) with at least three from CSoE.

2. A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).

3. All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.

4. The research advisor must be a member of CSoE (can be a courtesy appointment).

The sequence of Examinations:

  1. Qualifying Examination: A written qualifying exam is required within one year of admission to the Ph.D. program. The qualifying exam will be administered by the Chair of the student’s Ph.D. Committee or the researcher advisor’s departmental graduate committee. The outcome of the exam is determined by a vote of the respective committees, with no more than one dissenting vote permitted for passage. Failure to pass the qualifying examination twice is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  2. Research Proposal Defense Examination: Administered by Ph.D. Thesis Committee within one year of passing the qualifying exam.
  3. Examination on the Dissertation: Administered by Ph.D. Thesis Committee at least one year after passing the proposal defense.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a solid foundation in science and mathematics, as evidenced by academic grades and scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants must also submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

For programs in engineering, all Ph.D. applicants need to show proof they have received a master’s degree or are currently in a master’s program before they can be admitted into a Ph.D. program, with the exception of the Materials Science and Engineering program.

A complete application file consists of the following:

  • application form
  • resume and statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation — three letters required
  • official transcripts
  • test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
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USA - Potsdam, New York
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