This option assumes that the applicant has completed an MS degree from a recognized university. A minimum of 51 hours of approved graduate study beyond the hours completed for the MS degree are required. These hours include at least 30 hours of Research and Dissertation credit and at least 21 hours of course work (7 classes) at the 6000-level or higher composed of:
This option assumes that the applicant is being admitted without a completed MS degree. Students who begin in the MS program may petition to transfer into the Direct-Admit PhD if they have demonstrated exemplary course work and research potential. This option requires a minimum of 66 hours of approved graduate study beyond the hours completed for a baccalaureate degree in engineering. These hours include at least 36 hours of Research and Dissertation credit and at least 30 hours of course work (10 classes) at the 6000-level or higher composed of:
More on Requirements
All PhD candidates must have at least one peer- reviewed (archival) journal paper accepted prior to his/her dissertation oral defense. This paper must be based on the student’s dissertation research at the University of Houston.
Two courses with content outside of the research concentration area are required to insure a minimum academic breadth in the program. The courses can be in MECE, and suitable courses in the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The suitability of courses for the breadth requirement is determined by petition to the Director of Graduate Studies. This petition should be filed well in advance of the dissertation defense.
Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
This oral examination determines whether a student has mastered, and can integrate and apply, the knowledge gained in courses. The student should set aside a period of time to prepare for the examination by reviewing course material and reflecting on how this information can be integrated to solve problems.
To stand for the PhD comprehensive examination, a student must have a grade point average of 3.40 or higher on a minimum of 12 UH graduate hours (4 classes) and no more than the first 21 UH graduate hours (7 classes).
The examination should be scheduled as soon the accumulation of relevant course work allows. For a student with an MS from another university, the exam should be attempted no later than 18 months after study towards the PhD begins. For students who complete the MS here and for students who petition into the direct-admit program, the exam should be attempted within 12 months of the change of program.
The examination committee is set by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student and the dissertation advisor. The committee is composed of a minimum of four voting members and the dissertation advisor who serves as a nonvoting member. One of the voting members is responsible for examining the student regarding the content in the mathematics requirement described above. The committee can be composed entirely of MECE faculty; however, members from outside the department may be approved if the nature of the student’s program warrants such involvement. Judgment of the examination is by vote; two or more negative votes results in failure of the examination. In the case of failure, the committee shall decide whether or not the student should be invited to take the examination a second time.
A dissertation committee should be formed by the advisor, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, during the semester in which the student passes the comprehensive qualifying examination. This committee consists of at least five members including the advisor and at least one member from outside the Department.