About the Metallurgical Engineering Ph.D. ProgramGraduate Student Manual for Metallurgical Engineering
The Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Metallurgical Engineering, offered through the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is an intensive research and doctoral dissertation degree. Students may directly pursue a Ph.D. degree without first earning a M.S. degree.
It typically takes four years to complete a Ph.D.
Appeal to Academic Committee, see II Section D, Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for details on Academic Appeal Committee hearings.
Graduate students have an option to obtain affordable health insurance coverage through the Graduate School as part of the Tuition Benefit Program. TAs and RAs are generally eligible. If a student prefers a different insurance policy, reimbursement can be obtained up to the cost of the plan available through the Graduate School.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering supports graduate students seeking family medical leave and/or reasonable accommodation as outlined generally under Policy 5-200 Leaves of Absence, Medical of the University of Utah Regulations that covers family medical leave and/or reasonable accommodation for conditions such as illness, pregnancy leave, military leave, foster care, adoption, hardship leave, care for elderly parents, or care for children.
Graduate students in the METE graduate programs and employed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as either an RA or TA are entitled to up to 12 weeks for a family medical leave of absence beginning within the time of employment. A leave will not extend beyond the time of the thesis defense or other final date marking the completion of examinations needed for the program.
In some cases, a student may not satisfy the requirements and expectations of the Metallurgical Engineering Ph.D. program, triggering an assessment of the student’s status in the program. These expectations include reasonable rate of progress towards completing the requirements of the degree program.
While expectations for scholarly output and rate thereof is left to the judgement of the advisor and supervisory committee, a general guideline is that Ph.D. students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to present at conferences and workshops and should have at least three first-authored papers accepted to reputable peer-reviewed journals before graduation and multiple conference presentations and papers.
The student’s supervisory committee (or a majority thereof) will be the deciding body. The maximum sanction for unacceptable academic performance is dismissal from the Program (see Student Code, University Policy 6-400). In cases requiring dismissal from the Program, a Recommendation for Change of Graduate Classification form will be filed with the Graduate Records Office. The student may appeal the decision, following the procedure outlined in the Student Code (University Policy 6-400).
If any of the criteria listed below are not met, the advisory committee will have discretion to either:
- Dismiss the student from the program immediately.
- Place the student on academic probation for 1 semester. In this case, the student’s committee will provide a list of specific milestones which the student must accomplish in order to be reinstated to good standing. If these milestone are not accomplished within 1 semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Graduate students must:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Pass all required examinations within specified times limits (e.g. for Ph.D. students the candidacy exam, dissertation proposal, and thesis defense).
- Continuously maintain an official advisor and supervisory committee from the 3rd semester through completion of the program.
- Continually make acceptable progress toward the degree as determined by the supervisory committee + thesis advisor.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering Forms
- Graduate Student Manual for Metallurgical Engineering
- METE Supervisory Committee Request
- METE PhD Proposal (Pass-Fail) form
- PhD Program of Study form, METE
- Preliminary Review Dissertation Form
- Dissertation Defense (Final Oral Exam)
Graduate School Forms
Graduate School Thesis Forms
Registrar’s Office Forms
Office of Admission Forms
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.
Please be sure to check the Thesis Office manuscript tracking system to see if your dissertation has been uploaded to ProQuest.
What is a preliminary formatting review?
This lower-stakes, shorter review will help reveal significant formatting issues in manuscripts that will be an impediment to speedy approval by the Thesis Office. Students are allowed to turn in a chapter or more of a manuscript for a preliminary review, or may sign up for a 20-minute, in-person format review consultation. The Thesis Office will have an appointment calendar for students in place by Spring 2018.
How will this affect my graduation?
Students who do not complete a preliminary review will not be barred from graduating. However, students who do not complete a preliminary format review will no longer be guaranteed that their manuscripts will be approved in time for graduation in the semester the manuscript is submitted.
Preliminary reviews will be conducted by the Thesis Office up to two weeks before the first manuscript deadlines. Following that time, no requests for preliminary reviews will be accepted until the next semester.
What are the important dates?
Review deadlines are updated on the Thesis Office website.
Does a student need to wait until the semester they’re graduating to have a preliminary review?
No. If the student learns the correct formatting early in the writing process and implements it in their writing, it is more likely that the manuscript will exhibit no major formatting problems.
If a student is off-campus, how can they have a preliminary format review?
Students may ask a colleague to submit their manuscript for a preliminary review, just as they may for their final manuscript review. Students who wish to have a colleague pick up an edited preliminary format review must sign a FERPA form (available on the Thesis Office website). Off-campus students who wish to have an in-person preliminary format review may arrange with a Thesis Office representative to have a Skype or phone-in appointment.
Will students who have had a preliminary formatting review be prioritized by the Thesis Office when they turn in their manuscript for the final manuscript review?
Manuscript review submission to the Thesis Office will continue to operate in a first-come, first-serve basis. This will be reflected in the Thesis Tracking Tool, available for students and administrators on the Graduate School website.
Students who fail to have a preliminary formatting review and who have no major formatting issues will continue to graduate in the semester they submit. A student who has not had a preliminary formatting review and has major formatting errors that bar them from publication (as explained in the Thesis Office Handbook) may have their manuscripts be given a low priority for follow-up or have their manuscripts rejected for graduation that semester.
Whom can I contact if I have further questions?
Questions can be directed to the Thesis Office general email address,
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.
If students have questions or issues surrounding graduation, they should make an appointment with the department’s Graduate 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.
Information on graduation deadlines and how to apply for graduation may be found at Apply for Graduate Degree in the Registrar Student Handbook.
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