Doctoral (PhD)

General Information

The Department offers the following Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs:

  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Architectural Engineering emphasis)
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering emphasis)

These programs offer students an interdisciplinary experience in a research-intensive and nurturing environment commensurate with our students’ career aspirations. Most students in the doctoral program receive financial support (tuition, stipend, and insurance) for the duration of their doctoral study. Exceptional students may also receive support from the University of Miami’s Fellowship Program and/or the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP).

Each student’s specific set of coursework (known as the “Program of Study”) defines the degree requirements for graduation and must be approved by a supervisory committee selected by the student in consultation with their primary research advisor. The supervisory committee typically consists of four faculty members with research interests overlapping that of the student’s. The nature of this collegial arrangement allows faculty to provide the student with various interdisciplinary perspectives to help guide the student through his/her research endeavors. Students are encouraged to download the Graduate Brochure and to view the faculty members’ profiles for more information regarding their research areas.

At the completion of the first year of graduate work, students seeking admission to Ph.D. candidacy must pass the written and oral portions of a comprehensive Qualifying Examination. Two or three years beyond the Qualifying Examination are usually necessary for the completion of an acceptable dissertation, whereupon the student is then admitted to the Final Oral Examination.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. (with a prior M.S.)

Graduate students entering the Ph.D. program (having already earned an M.S.) typically complete the program in either 2 or 3 years. The typical degree requirements are:

  • An approved Program of Study with a minimum of 30 graduate-level semester credits with an average of “B” or better and no grade below “C”.
  • A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework (not counted towards the B.S. or M.S. degrees) may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.
  • At a minimum, a qualifying exam and an oral examination in defense of the thesis are required.

Additional details regarding the degree requirements can be found in the Program of Study Form.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. (without a prior M.S.)

Graduate students entering the Ph.D. program without an M.S. typically complete the program in 4 years. The typical degree requirements are:

  • An approved Program of Study with a minimum of 60 graduate-level semester credits with an average of “B” or better and no grade below “C”.
  • A total of 12 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework (not counted towards the B.S. or M.S. degrees) may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.
  • At a minimum, a qualifying exam and an oral examination in defense of the thesis are required.

Additional details regarding the degree requirements can be found in the Program of Study Form.

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