The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering provides an in-depth program of coursework through participation in research or design synthesis. Your major area of concentration must be in one of the six engineering areas: Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Materials, Industrial, or Mechanical.
You need a minimum of 66 graduate credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree to earn a Ph.D.:
- 21 credits in the major area of concentration
- 9 credits in an approved minor area
- 6 credits in mathematics and/or quantitive methods*
- 18 credits of doctoral thesis
- 9 credits of approved electives
- 3 credit CEAS Graduate Seminar (Ethics and Engineering Communication, xxx700)**
- A minimum of 33 credits (including thesis) must be completed in the Ph.D. program at UWM.
*You can meet the 6 credit requirement in mathematics and/or quantitative methods by completing certain courses specified by the Graduate Program Subcommittee or by taking a minor in mathematics. Minor areas of study are normally offered in other CEAS programs or in the physical sciences, management sciences, or mathematics. Minors in other areas require prior approval.
- A maximum of 33 credits may be considered for transfer from prior graduate work, including a Master’s degree earned at UWM or elsewhere, if the credits are within the appropriate area of study, and if a grade of “B” or better is earned.
- Students entering the program without an applicable Master’s degree can transfer only 9 credits into the program.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering or computer science, depending on choice of program.
- If you have BS or MS degrees outside of engineering or computer science, you may be admitted with no more than two program-defined course deficiencies.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the highest degree granted based on a 4.0 scale.
- A brief statement describing your professional goals (SoP) and two letters of reference.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all international and domestic applicants.
- International students require proof of English language proficiency. Complete information is available at the UWM Center for International Education
*Program changes effective with Spring 2014 admissions
Contact the UWM Graduate School: www.graduateschool.uwm.edu