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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

128 semester-hour credits total.

Master's Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree is a graduate research degree that introduces students to research at the graduate level. A full-time student may be able to complete the program in one and one-half calendar years. The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers instruction leading to the degree of Master of Science in the following fields: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and systems engineering.
A candidate for the Master of Science degree must:

complete a minimum of 24 credits of graduate level credits. This program of study may contain no more than a total of nine credits of 5000-level courses, and no more than six credits of those credits may be taken within the department(s) conferring the degree. Departmental requirements may be more restrictive. The program may include a maximum of six transfer credits for graduate courses completed at another school of recognized standing; however, those courses must be equivalent to a UVa graduate course. Only courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred;
complete an acceptable research project, accomplished under the close direction of a faculty advisor. The research is documented in a written thesis.
perform satisfactorily in a final examination of the thesis conducted by an examining committee appointed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. A student who does not perform satisfactorily on the examination may, upon the recommendation of two-thirds majority of the examining committee, be granted a further examination after being given adequate time to prepare;
submit the approved final thesis to Libra, the online archive of University of Virginia Scholarship, by the date specified in the academic calendar. See Graduation Procedure (MS and PhD Candidates), Graduation Procedure (ME, MCS, MEP, MMSE);
apply for degree in SIS and also submit an Application for Graduate Degree, by the date specified in the academic calendar;
complete at least one semester in residence at the University of Virginia as a full-time student; and
complete a comprehensive examination (if required by the student's department).

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers instruction leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

An advisory committee for each doctoral student is appointed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs upon recommendation of the program director. At least one member of the advisory committee is a UVa faculty member from outside the student's department and major curriculum study area. The committee meets with the student as soon as possible to assist in planning a detailed program of studies and research. The committee recommends a program of formal courses, discusses research objectives and research plans with the student, and advises the student on the areas in which he/she must take Ph.D. examinations. The committee meets with the student as needed to review progress and if necessary to assist the student in revising the program of studies.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred by the School of Engineering and Applied Science primarily in recognition of breadth of scholarship, depth of research, and ability to investigate problems independently. A candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must:

complete at least three sessions (or equivalent) of graduate study after the baccalaureate degree, or two sessions (or equivalent) after the master's degree. At least one session beyond the master's degree must be in full residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. For the purpose of satisfying these requirements, two regular semesters (not including summer sessions) will be considered as one session;
satisfactorily complete a program of study tailored to the individual student in accordance with departmental requirements as approved by the School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty. The program must include a combined minimum of 72 credits of research and graduate level course work beyond the baccalaureate. The program must also include a minimum of 24 credits of formal course work, with no more than nine of those credits from 5000-level courses. No more than six credits at the 5000-level may be earned within the department(s) granting the degree. Classes at the 4000-level or below do not count toward the Ph.D. degree. Program requirements may be more restrictive. Transfer of course credit from other schools of recognized standing may be included in the program of study; however, only courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred.
perform satisfactorily on the program Ph.D. examination and the associated assessment form. The objective of the examination is to determine whether the student has assimilated and is able to integrate a body of advanced knowledge;
submit of a dissertation based upon independent, original research which makes a significant contribution to the student's field of study. In preparation for conducting research and writing the dissertation, a student must prepare a written dissertation proposal. This proposal describes the current state of the art with bibliography, outlines the proposed method of investigation, and discusses the anticipated results. The student then makes a public, oral presentation of the proposal and its associated assessment form to the advisory committee, with all members of the faculty invited to attend;
be admitted to candidacy for the degree: A student must have satisfactorily completed the Ph.D. examination and received approval for the dissertation proposal before being admitted to candidacy. Admission to candidacy must be completed at least one semester before the degree is awarded.
satisfactorily present and defend the dissertation in a public forum. The dissertation defense is conducted orally and publicly by a committee appointed by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; this committee must include the candidate's advisory committee. The examination is held after the candidate has submitted the dissertation and it is designed to test the student's knowledge of a field of research. Candidates who are accepted by the examining committee and approved by the faculty will be presented for degrees at the first scheduled graduation exercises of the University following completion of the requirements;
apply for degree in SIS and also submit an Application for Graduate Degree, by the date specified in the academic calendar;
submit the approved final dissertation to Libra, the online archive of University of Virginia Scholarship, by the date specified in the academic calendar. See Graduation Procedure (MS and PhD Candidates), Graduation Procedure (ME, MCS, MEP, MMSE).