By graduation, PhD students must have completed:(a) For students entering the PhD program with a M. degree – 45 credits of graduate courses out of which 18 credits are graduate courses exclusive of Independent Study and Dissertation. degree was not from the MEM department, 12 of these 18 credits must be MEM graduate courses (600-level or above).
(b) For students entering the PhD program with a B. 45 of these 90 credits must satisfy the MSME degree requirements.
The remaining 45 credits must satisfy the requirement in (a) above. 1 EligibilityA graduate student in the PhD program with good academic standing must be nominated by his/her supervising advisor to take the candidacy examination. The Candidacy Examination Committee can be formed as soon as the student enters the PhD program, but no later than four weeks before the student takes the candidacy examination. With the consent of the student, the supervising advisor forms the Candidacy Examination Committee for the student. The supervising advisor may serve in this committee but cannot serve as chair of this committee.
Membership of the Committee: The Committee must consist of at least five members, at least three of whom must be currently tenured or tenure-track Drexel faculty members from the student's department A proposal is required for each semester of honors thesis or project (499Y and/or 499T/P that is individually contracted. The proposal. defines your honors research; establishes a definitive list of goals, methodology, evaluation procedures, and faculty expectations; serves with the contract as a binding agreement between .
At least two of the committee members must be from outside the student's major area. At least one of the committee members must be from outside the student's department.
Structure of the Candidacy ExaminationThe Candidacy Examination consists of two components: 1) a “course component” and 2) a “research component”. The student must demonstrate excellence in both components.
Course ComponentAt the discretion of the supervising advisor, and with the approval of the MEM Graduate Advisor, the course-component for attaining Candidacy can be satisfied by either one of the following two mechanismsExcellent performance (a grade of A) in any two core courses from MEM core areasExcellent performance in a written examination prepared by the Candidacy Examination Committee College of Engineering. 360 583. Mechanics of Manufacturing Prequisites: Mech Eng. 381 I (3 credits) Development and evaluation of models for forming and machining processes. A thesis proposal clearly delineating the proposed research and including the above items is required at the conclusion of the course. 599 .
The content covered in this examination is decided by the Committee. 2 Research ComponentThe research-component of attaining Candidacy is satisfied by a written report and an oral presentation of a review.
The Committee selects three or more papers in student’s declared research area for student to conduct a critical review. In three weeks the student submits a written report (less than 10 pages) and makes an oral presentation within one week after the written report has been submitted.
The presentation (less than 40 minutes) is followed by questions by the Committee. The goals of the questions: To evaluate the student’s knowledge in the scientific fields related to the research area, including related background and fundamental material, and the student’s ability to integrate information germane to success in research.
student who enters the PhD program without a prior MS degree): Must take the Candidacy Examination within 2 years after entry to the PhD program. student who enters the PhD program with a prior MS degree): Must take the Candidacy Examination within the first year after entry to the PhD program.
This timing is consistent with the Office of Graduate Studies requirement on accumulated credits to attain PhD Candidate status, and with the Office of Graduate Studies requirement that all programs must allow their doctoral students to attain Doctoral Candidate Status within the first 2 years of the program. Repeat examinationAt the discretion of the Candidacy Examination Committee, a student who does not pass the course-component and/or the research component of the Candidacy examinations may retake the respective component examination once. Release from PhD ProgramA student who does not attain Candidacy status within two years after first entry into the PhD program, will be released from the Ph.
Thesis Advisory Committee and Committee MeetingsUpon successful completion of the PhD Candidacy Examination, the student’s Supervising Professor will form a Thesis Advisory Committee for the student.
This committee is chaired by the Supervising Professor.
Its membership is governed by the stipulation inForm D-3 "Dissertation Advisory Committee Appointment" of the Office of Graduate Studies Deadline for the Formal ProposalThe formal, written thesis proposal is due by 4:00 pm on the third Friday of September. You are expected to turn i..
The Thesis Advisory Committee is required to meet at least once every twelve months. Thesis ProposalThe PhD Candidate is required to give a presentation of his/her Dissertation topic to his/her Thesis Advisory Committee. This presentation should be publicly announced and open to the public.
The student will submit a comprehensive PhD Dissertation Proposal, which normally will include but not limited to abstract, introduction, detailed literature review, research progress, proposed research, and timetable. The committee will approve/reject the general methodology and approach and the scope of work so that it can be completed in a manageable time.
5 Foreign Students with MS Degree from Foreign InstitutionsStudents under this category may be required to take a special course in an "English as a Second Language" Program before entering Drexel University. Information on this course is provided upon application to the Graduate Program at Drexel University.
Once admitted to Drexel University, in order to be appointed as Teaching Assistants, students must enter into Drexel's Incoming Foreign Teaching Assistant Program. The program is recommended for all incoming foreign students for improving their proficiency in the English language and for exposing them to the teaching techniques and campus life at Drexel University.
6 Other RequirementsAll PhD Candidates are expected to teach and participate in other educational activities of the MEM Department, such as the departmental Seminar Series If a thesis is available in Spiral it will be on open access and you will be able to download it. If a thesis is not available in Spiral you can: - visit the Central Library to consult it - complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit - place a Document Delivery request for a digital copy of the thesis. The time scale for digitisation is .
1 The PhD FormsThe Office of Graduate Studies has a forms webpage where students can download the university forms for graduate students. In particular, the sequential Doctoral Program Forms (D-Forms) will guide students step-by-step through the procedural requirements of the PhD process.
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