Ph.D. Program Qualifying Review

Civil & Materials Engineering Department

Rules for implementation:

1. CME graduate students who intend to seek a Ph.D. degree should submit an application for a Ph.D. qualification review after two semesters in residence, or after the completion of five graduate level courses. Students who have completed their M.S. degree at UIC may apply after one semester in the Ph.D. program.

2. To apply for the Qualifying Review, the student should prepare a letter of application to the Director of Graduate Studies with the endorsement of the Thesis Advisor. The student should append a record of his or her course performance at UIC, as well as previous graduate work, and prepare a brief proposal of research objectives and coursework to complete the Ph.D. requirements.

3. The Director of Graduate Studies, upon recommendation of the Academic Advisor and with the endorsement of the Graduate Committee, will appoint a review committee consisting of at least three CME faculty members (including the thesis advisor) with expertise in specialties relevant to the student’s proposed thesis work. The committee will schedule a session with the student to review the educational program for breadth, academic rigor, and quality.

4. After the review, the Review Committee will submit a report to the Graduate Committee to recommend either:

(i) Acceptance as a Ph.D. candidate.

(ii) Dismissal from the Ph.D. program

(iii) Continuation in the Ph.D. program with another review in the following year. The Committee’s recommendation may require the student to take additional courses, most probably 500 level courses.

5. Students who have been reviewed and accepted as Ph.D. candidates may proceed to schedule their Preliminary Examination in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Refer to the Graduate Catalog or web page:

(http://www.uic.edu/depts/grad) At the preliminary examination, the student will be expected to make a more detailed and professional presentation of proposed thesis research. The Preliminary Examination Committee, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate College, should consider the quality of the presentation, the outcome of the Qualification Review, and performance on intervening course work, in deciding whether the student’s background is sufficient to conduct the proposed research. The Preliminary Examination Committee may require that the student take additional courses.

Qualifying Review Form

Civil & Materials Engineering Department

1. Write a brief, one paragraph description of your planned thesis research covering the general area of your topic and providing a rationale for the background coursework needed to work at the professional level in this area. Note that this need not be a detailed thesis proposal. A detailed proposal will be required for the Preliminary Examination at a later date.

2. List all of the courses which will be applied towards your Ph.D. degree including

a. Courses taken at UIC:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Instructor

Grade

Catalog Description

b. Courses taken at other institutions:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Institution

Grade

Catalog Description

c. Course planned but not yet taken:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Instructor

Grade

Catalog Description

Committee Qualifying Review Form

Civil & Materials Engineering Department

University of Illinois at Chicago

1. Planned Research Statement

2. Courses which will be applied towards your Ph.D. degree:

a. Courses taken at UIC:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Instructor

Grade

Catalog Description

b. Courses taken at other institutions:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Institution

Grade

Catalog Description

c. Course planned but not yet taken:

Course Number

Credit

Hours

Title of Course

Instructor

Grade

Catalog Description

3. Committee Assessment of Candidate Meeting Required Coursework:

Student with M.S. Degree:

Minimum of 56 credits of coursework besides dissertation:

  • 32 credits of course work are awarded from MS Degree ( 12 credits for 500 level courses)
  • 24 credits of remaining course work:
    • Minimum of 16 credits of CME 500 level courses (excludes CME 596 & CME 599)
    • Remaining 8 credits of 400 or 500 level courses at UIC COE
Any course outside the COE or UIC must have academic advisor’s approval

Student without M.S. Degree

Minimum of 56 credits of coursework besides dissertation:

  • 28 credits of 500 level courses (minimum):
    • 16 credits must be CME 500 (excludes CME 596 & CME 599)
    • 12 credits remaining of 500 level courses at COE

  • 28 credits remaining: either 400 or 500 level courses in CME or COE
Any course outside the COE or UIC must have academic advisor’s approval

4. Candidate’s Thesis Credits (52 required):

  • Current number of credits:

  • Anticipated completion: (Number of credits per term and year)
5. Preliminary Exam and Thesis Defense:

  • Expected date for Preliminary Exam:
  • Expected date for Thesis Defense:

6. Committee Observations:

  • Course work:
  • Thesis credits:
7. Committee Recommendations:

  • Acceptance as a Ph.D. candidate:
  • Dismissal from the Ph.D. program:
  • Continuation in the Ph.D. program with another review in the following year:

Faculty Name

Signature

Date

Chair

Member

Member

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