Our PhD program requires a commitment of 4 to 5 years (for students with a master’s degree this will be 3 to 4 years).
The program consists of coursework, written and oral examination, and conducting research guided by one or more faculty advisors leading to a dissertation and defense.
Maximum of 4 credit hours of Independent Study can be included in the classroom hours (exception: Master’s Thesis NA 592 is counted in full)
Mathematics and choice of two (2) from the following subjects:
The Part I Qualifying Exams are taken in the second term of the MS/MSE degree. When finished with Part I, student will enroll in PhD Program (Only with Advisor)
Open session – 30 minutes (25 minute – oral presentation of the research prospectus with 5 minutes for questions)
Closed session – 90 minutes (with dissertation committee and the candidate)
Note: Under normal circumstances, a student is expected to pass the Part I exam within 1 ½ years of starting your graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Candidacy should be achieved within 1 ½ years of passing the Part I exams.
After finishing the RCRS Workshops and passing PART I and PART II, the graduate coordinator will submit a recommendation for candidacy to Rackham
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering