Curriculum

To earn a PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering at the School of Engineering, the following requirements must be met:

  • 51 credits of graduate work (not including the PhD dissertation) in relevant major and minor areas of study beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
  • Completion and successful defense of a 24-credit dissertation related to the major area of study. Dissertations must consist of original research that meaningfully advances the state-of-art in the subject area of the research and should result in the publication of at least 1 paper in a strictly peer-reviewed technical journal related to the subject. A grade of B or better must be achieved for the dissertation.
  • Completion of 2 minor areas of study, each consisting of between 9 and 12 credits of graduate work. At least 1 minor area must be outside the transportation area.
  • Residency requirements for the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering include the 24-credit dissertation, plus a minimum of 9 credits of applicable graduate course work taken at the School of Engineering.

In meeting the 51-credit course requirement, you must satisfy all requirements for the major and minor areas selected or their equivalent. In satisfying these basic PhD requirements, you must also meet 1 of 2 conditions:

  • 39 credits of approved graduate coursework, not including individual guided studies (readings, projects, theses, etc.) beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
  • 21 credits of related graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).

Satisfying condition 2 requires that the department accept your MS degree in toto without regard to its specific content. This requires a recommendation from the department’s Graduate Committee and the approval of the department head.

Detials about doctoral committees, qualifying examinations, and dissertation policies and procedures can be found in the School of Engineering catalog, beginning on page 333.