Ph.D. Requirements

The Ph.D. degree requirements include completion of a suitable set of courses, cumulative written comprehensive exams, a preliminary doctoral oral exam, an original research project culminating in a dissertation, and a final oral exam. The M.S. degree requirements include completion of a suitable set of courses, cumulative written comprehensive exams, a research project, and a final oral exam. The general regulations of The Graduate School govern credit hour, residency, and examination requirements.

Courses

All graduate students must pass the following courses or appropriate ones approved by the curriculum, or must have passed their equivalents elsewhere:

Applied Physical Sciences

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Structure of Solids 3
Materials Fabrication 3
Statistical Thermodynamics 3
Techniques in Materials Science 3

Required Courses

Students should take MTSC 615 and MTSC 730 in the fall and MTSC 720 & 735 in the spring. A third course should be selected from the below elective courses, for both fall and spring term. Please contact your advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, DGS, for guidance on this third, elective, course. Please note that the DGS has to formally approve your elective course.

Each student also takes additional courses offered by the curriculum or participating departments, as appropriate for his or her area of study.

Cumulative Exams

M.S. students must pass four core exams; Ph.D. students must pass six core exams. Topics for the specialty exams will be research areas represented in the materials science program at UNC–Chapel Hill; core exams cover the fundamental knowledge of materials science. All students are required to complete the comprehensive exam by the end of their second year.

Preliminary Doctoral Oral Exam

Ph.D. students are required to select a research adviser during the first year in graduate school and a thesis committee before they take the preliminary doctoral exam. To pass the preliminary doctoral oral exam, students must present to the dissertation committee and successfully defend their Ph.D. research proposal by the end of the third year.