How do Ph.D. qualifying examinations work?  

To advance from graduate student status to an official Ph.D. Candidate, we have a few requirements:

  1. A grade of B- or better in all core ChE graduate courses
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Submission of a written proposal document outlining the aims of your Ph.D. thesis to the graduate program director, the student’s advisor, and their committee by February 1st
  4. An oral qualifying exam consisting of a 30-45 min presentation on your written proposal followed by a closed Q&A session with your committee

Based on course performance, the written document, the oral presentation, and Q&A session, the committee will determine the student’s admission into Ph.D. Candidacy.

Students are allowed to submit their documents and present orally 1 additional time within 6 months of the first presentation, if they are unsuccessful.