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)
To complete the Qualifying requirement, students need to take at least three (3) 500 level or higher NAME classes and receive a grade of “A-” or better in each one of the classes
Students will need to fulfill the PART I requirement before they are able to present their prospectus presentation
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)
After finishing the RCRS Workshops and completing PART I and PART II, the graduate coordinator will submit a recommendation for candidacy to Rackham
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering