As is true for all doctoral programs currently offered by College of Engineering, the MS requirements for the Materials Science and Engineering degree comprise the structured coursework portion of the PhD program. The remaining required PhD credit hours remain unstructured and can be chosen, with advisor approval, to meet an individual students’ academic and research needs.
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.
Postbachelor’s PhD students are required to complete a minimum of 64 credits, of which 32 credits must be the structured courses required for the MS degree.
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.
A minimum of 16 credit hours of research/dissertation is required.
Post-bachelors doctoral students will be awarded MS degrees upon completion of the 32 credit hours of structured coursework and the PhD Prospectus Exam.