Engineering: Standard, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D370 R232

Program Requirements

A minimum of 9 hours of 5000-level or above letter graded engineering courses beyond the M.S.9
A minimum of 15 hours of 5000 level or above letter graded courses in engineering, science, or math 115
Additional Coursework21-64
Dissertation Research
ENGR 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation2-45
Total Credit Hours90

Maximum of 9 hours in science and math.

Coursework Requirements

  • A maximum of 12 hours of 4000-level engineering and science courses approved for graduate credit may be applied (maximum of 9 hours of 4000-level courses from a single discipline).
  • A maximum of 6 hours of S/U-graded courses (excluding dissertation research) may be applied.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: