The Doctoral (PhD) degree offered through the Materials Science and Engineering Department is an intensive research and doctoral dissertation degree. Students may directly pursue a PhD degree without first earning a MS degree.

MSE Graduate Handbook Year 2017_2018

Academic Advising

Marcie Leek
Academic Advisor
Office: CME 304

Book Advising Appointment

Degree RequirementsQualifying ExaminationSupervisory CommitteeProgram of StudyDissertation ProposalDissertation and Defense
Required Courses
Graduate Seminar
Thesis Hours
Grading Assistant
Registration Restrictions
Qualifying Examination
After successfully passing the Candidacy Evaluation, PhD students must make an appointment with the MSE Academic Advisor to start building a supervisory committee. 

Each supervisory committee consists of five faculty members. The committee chair and the majority of the committee must be tenure-line faculty in the MSE department. One member of the committee must be appointed from outside the student’s major department. The outside member is normally from another University of Utah department. However, the dean of The Graduate School may approve requests to appoint a committee member from another university where appropriate justification and supporting documentation is provided. The supervisory committee is responsible for approving the student’s academic program, preparing and judging the qualifying examinations, approving the dissertation subject and final dissertation, and administering and judging the final oral examination (dissertation defense).

Procedure to Complete
Written Proposal
Oral Proposal

For information on admission to the PhD program click here.

Degree Residency Requirement
Degree Time Limit
Continuous Registration
Full Time Status
Leave of Absences
Credit/No Credit
Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawal Procedures
Appeals Procedures
Americans with Disabilities Act
Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students
Health Insurance and Family Leave
Orderly Dismissal Policy for Graduate Students

A Handbook for Theses and Dissertations contains information on The Graduate School’s policies and procedures for preparing a thesis or dissertation, having it edited by the Thesis Editor, and filing it as the final step in graduation. The Handbook includes an explanation of the University of Utah format, examples of forms and essential pages for the thesis, a list of departmentally-approved style guides, and a discussion of copyright issues. A copy of the Handbook is available here

Please be sure to check the Thesis Office manuscript tracking system to see if your dissertation has been uploaded to ProQuest.

The following process is recommended to help students prepare for graduation:

  • During the semester before your graduation date, students should check their Electronic Graduate Record File in CIS. For more information on how to access the Electronic Graduate Record File click here.
  • If students have questions or issues surrounding graduation, they should make an appointment with the MSE Academic Advisor. It is important that you communicate with the Academic Advisor about your intended graduation date and progress.

In order to graduate, students must meet all of the University of Utah requirements as well as the department requirements for graduation.

For graduation deadlines and how to apply click here. Students can also find information on the Commencement Ceremony here.

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