The Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree 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.

MSE PhD Flowchart

Academic Advising

Marcie Leek
Undergraduate 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


Degree Residency Requirement
Degree Time Limit
Continuous Registration
Full Time Status
Leave of Absences
Credit/No Credit
Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students
Health Insurance and Family Leave
Orderly Dismissal Policy for Graduate Students

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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

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