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Rochester Institute of Technology - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Completion of academic curricula plus integrated cooperative education terms. Program cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 30 of the credit hours used toward a degree program must be earned by successfully completing RIT courses. In addition, at least 20 of the final 30 hours of any program must be earned through RIT courses. Semester credit hour requirements are program dependent. Demonstrated writing skills and full payment of all financial obligations to RIT.

Master's Degree Requirements

Successful completion of all required courses. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of which 24 semester credit hours are of graduate level course work and research earned in residence at RIT. Grade point average of 3.0 or better. Completion of a thesis or other appropriate research or comparable professional achievement at the discretion of the degree granting program. Satisfaction of all financial obligations to RIT.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Microsystems PhD Program Summary:

A total of 66 semester credit hours, 39 credits in graduate course work, and 27 credits in research and dissertation are required. Students complete a three-course sequence in a major technical research area and a two-course sequence in a support area. A two-course sequence in a minor technical area which is outside the student’s undergraduate degree major is also required. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and take the Qualifying Exam after their first year of study. The Candidacy Exam is taken after the student has finished most of the formal course work and has prepared the Dissertation Proposal. About six months prior to the Dissertation Defense a Research Review Milestone is administered. The doctoral degree is awarded when all degree requirements have been met and the student has passed the dissertation defense examination.

Engineering PhD Program Summary:

A total of 66 semester credit hours, 36 credits in graduate course work, and 30 credits in research and dissertation are required. Core courses include two analysis courses (6 cr.), inter-disciplinary research methods (3 cr.), translating discovery into practice (3 cr.), and seminars (6 cr.). Students must complete a three-course sequence in a disciplinary technical area (9 cr.) and a three-course sequence in an application domain (9 cr.). Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and take the Qualifying Exam after their first year of study. The Dissertation Proposal may be presented six months after the Qualifying exam, followed by the Candidacy Exam six months later. Research review meetings are held nominally every six months until the Dissertation Defense is administered. The doctoral degree is awarded when all degree requirements have been met and the student has passed the dissertation defense examination.

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