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Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Ph.D.

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Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Ph.D.

The doctoral degree requirements include 72 credits for students entering the graduate program with a B.S. degree or 48 credits for students entering with a M.S. degree. 

  • All courses applied toward the MANE Ph.D. degree must be taken at the 4000 or 6000-6999 level.
  • A minimum of two-thirds of the total course credits applied toward the MANE Ph.D. degree must be completed at the 6000-6999 level.
  • At least half of the course credits applied toward the MANE Ph.D. degree must be from the MANE course offerings.
  • A minimum of 36 course credits are required if entering with a B.S. degree or a minimum of 12 course credits are required if entering with a M.S. degree. 
  • Ph.D. candidates entering with a B.S. degree are required to complete 3-4 credits in MATH or MATP.
  • Dissertation requirements must be met.
  • Residence and Time Limit requirements must be met as stated in Academic Information and Regulations.

The graduate student’s Ph.D. adviser will guide the student in all aspects of his/her academic and research programs. This adviser is usually a faculty member from the MANE department but can occasionally be from a different department. If a student chooses to do a thesis with an adviser from another department, then a doctoral committee co-chair from within the MANE department is required. Major milestones for the Ph.D. program in MANE include passing a doctoral qualifying exam, a doctoral candidacy exam, and successfully defending the dissertation in an open presentation to his or her committee. The Ph.D. degree is awarded for research making an original contribution to fundamental knowledge in a particular field or in an interdisciplinary field or for research into the relation of a discipline to educational problems and objectives within the field. The Ph.D. dissertation must be scholarly, creative, and original.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this Ph.D. program will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced proficiency in the core program area.
  • demonstrate proficiency in research techniques (theoretical, computational and experimental).
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • independently conduct research resulting in substantial scholarship.

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