There are no structured course requirements for post-master’s PhD students, but such students are required to complete 32 credits applicable to the degree, all of which must be at the 500 level or higher. A minimum of 16 credits of research/dissertation coursework is required.
Doctoral students must satisfy a residency requirement of at least two consecutive academic-year semesters of full-time graduate study at Boston University. Students must pass comprehensive examinations covering basic knowledge in materials and demonstrate sufficient competency in mathematics.
Doctoral students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. All graduate courses are counted in the GPA. Only grades of “B–” or better fulfill PhD curricular requirements.