PhD Curriculum - Credit Requirements
A minimum of 72 total credits is required for the PhD degree. This includes a minimum of 32 credits of formal course work, a minimum of 24 credits of advanced research and 6 credits of laboratory rotations taken in the first year by entry level students. Most students make up the difference between these requirements and the minimum total required credits (72-31-24-6 = 11 credits) with additional advanced research credits. For students working with an advisor in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), there is a cap at 75 total credits, above which additional registration fees apply.
All required courses must be passed with a grade of B or better. Required courses in which a grade below B has been received must be repeated in order to achieve a B, unless the Executive Committee of the CMP Graduate Program approves other remediation.
A minimum overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 must be maintained. Should a student's GPA fall below 3.0, one additional year of course work will be permitted to allow improvement unless the Executive Committee of the CMP Graduate Program approves other remediation. The entire Doctoral Program must be completed in no more than seven years.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: All courses taken by each student in the CMP Graduate Program must satisfy requirements of the program and/or compliment the student’s program of independent research. Therefore, course selections should be made in consultation with the student’s research advisors.