Credit Requirements

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 and a minimum of 24 credits of advanced research. Six credits of laboratory rotations are required; two of these units may be counted toward the formal course work requirement. Most students make up the difference between the minimum total required credits (72) and the minimum requirements of the program (credits for formal course work, advanced research and lab rotations) with additional advanced research credits

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.