The PhD program consists of coursework, qualifying examinations, and the dissertation. Students who have previously received Master's degrees must complete at least 24 hours of additional coursework plus 6 hours of dissertation; those who enter the graduate program with just bachelor's degrees must complete at least 48 hours of coursework plus 6 hours of dissertation. To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, the student must pass both a written and an oral examination. The written examination is general in nature and covers subject matter studied in the MS degree program. The oral examination is given in the student's Area of Study and is conducted by a committee of faculty members whose interests are in that area. Students may not take courses on the credit/no credit basis until after they have passed the written qualifying examination. Students must complete at least 18 of the 24 hours of the coursework required for the PhD degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Coursework

Learn more about the PhD course requirements, including time limits, letter grades and dissertation research.

Written Qualifying Exam

The PhD Written Qualifying Exam must be passed by all students wishing to be admitted to PhD candidacy. It is a necessary step toward completing the PhD degree.

Oral Qualifying Exam

The PhD Oral Qualifying Exam is offered to students who have passed the Written Qualifying Exam. It must be passed by all students wishing to be admitted to PhD candidacy. It is a necessary step toward completing the PhD degree.

Candidacy

Once both the written and oral exams have been passed, a Dissertation Committee is formed, and application for Candidacy is made.

Dissertation

Learn about getting credit for dissertation research, formatting and submitting your dissertation.

Final Oral Exam

The dissertation defense (final oral exam) and graduation are related topic. It will be helpful to read both topics at this time.

Graduation

At the beginning of the semester in which you expect to graduate, visit the Graduate School website and follow graduation instructions for that semester. More details about filing for graduation can also be found here.

Engineering Mechanics Graduate Courses

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