COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should
be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the
applicant's academic competence and research background.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Students not adequately prepared for advanced courses may be
required to take a number of prerequisites. The department offering the
courses in the area of specialization will identify these on a
Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A master's degree is not required, but it is preferred.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A baccalaureate degree is required. It need not be in Engineering, although a degree in the discipline is preferred.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should be approximately 1-2
pages in length and include the applicant's research and future career
goals; academic and research achievements; professional experience, if
any; and reason for interest in Temple's program. The applicant should
also include an outline of a proposed area of research for the
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
Applicants are required to communicate with a research
faculty member from the College of Engineering and discuss their plans
for research leading to a doctoral dissertation. This may be done in
person, by email, or by phone. Approval of the applicant's research plan
by a research faculty is required for admission.
A resume is required.
Prospective students must submit samples of their
journal articles, conference papers, or course project reports
supporting their technical writing abilities and research background. A
student can also submit a copy of her/his master's thesis.
General Program Requirements:
Minimum Number of Credits Required Beyond the Bachelor’s: 60, including a minimum of 39 s.h. of coursework and a minimum of 18 s.h. of research.
Minimum Number of Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 30, including 15 s.h. of coursework and 15 s.h. of research.
Students are admitted to a “home” department, which is one of the
three departments within the College of Engineering. The student must
complete all core course requirements (or the equivalent) within the
home department or another department, as stipulated by the particular
program. In general, students are allowed to take courses from any of
the three departments of the college or, with the approval of the
Graduate Director and the student's academic advisor, from any
department at Temple University.
ENGR 9991: Directed Research
ENGR 9994: Preliminary Examination Preparation
ENGR 9998: Pre-Dissertation Research
ENGR 9999: Dissertation Research (6 s.h.)
Students admitted without a master’s degree may be required to take
CE, ECE or ME 9995: Research Project (3 s.h.) or CE, ECE or ME 9996:
Thesis (6 s.h.).
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Students admitted to the program
with a master’s degree must initiate and submit a plan of study in the
first semester of the Ph.D. program. Approval is required by the
student's academic advisor, the Graduate Director of the department, and
the Director of Graduate Studies of the college.
A Ph.D. student will be required to
publish at least two technical articles on her/his dissertation
research in a refereed journal or present a paper at a refereed
conference. Preparation and submission of manuscripts or abstracts
constitute an integral part of the student's training. Peer review
provides an independent evaluation of the quality and uniqueness of the
Students in the
Ph.D. program admitted with a master’s degree are required to take a
qualifying examination within 12 months of matriculation; under certain
circumstances, this requirement may be waived by the individual
department. Students in the Ph.D. program admitted with a bachelor’s
degree are required to take a qualifying exam within five semesters. The
student is given a topic related to her/his research interests, and the
exam requires a literature search, scholarly investigation, and
information synthesis. The student submits a written report within four
weeks and presents an open seminar on the topic. The student's written,
oral, investigative, and information synthesis performance, as well as
technical content and insight, are considered by the Doctoral Advisory
Committee. The Committee then decides whether or not the student
passes. Students failing the qualifying examination twice are dismissed
from the program.
The purpose of
the preliminary exam is to ensure that the student has both a broad
background in the relevant Engineering field as well as in-depth
knowledge of the student's specialty area. It is expected that students
are already knowledgeable in the specialty area so that they are ready
to start their doctoral research.
If the student has already completed 24
s.h. of graduate coursework prior to her/his admission to the doctoral
program, then the student should take the preliminary exam before her/his fourth semester of the doctoral program. Otherwise, the student should
take the exam before the sixth semester of the doctoral program. The
preliminary exam may be taken either before or after the qualifying
exam. The preliminary exam is administered within a five-day period,
and three subject areas are considered: 1) mathematics and quantitative
methods relevant to the student’s research area and graduate curriculum;
2) core engineering topics reflecting the subject matter studied in the
student’s graduate curriculum; and 3) the student’s area of
specialization as determined by the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The
exam will be proctored. For all or part of the area-of-specialization
test, an oral exam of the student may be conducted by the full Doctoral
The Doctoral Advisory Committee is
responsible for preparing the preliminary exam. For each of the
mathematics and core-engineering subject areas, the Doctoral Advisory
Committee must identify at least one individual (who is not the Doctoral
Advisor) to write examination questions. For the specialty-area test,
at least two individuals should provide questions, with no one
individual contributing more than 50 percent of the exam’s content. The
Doctoral Advisor may either contribute questions to the specialty-area
written test and/or participate in the optional oral examination. Exam
preparers who are not College of Engineering faculty must be approved by
the College's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies prior to writing and
administering the exam.
Each subject-area test must be
independently graded by at least two individuals, one of whom helped
write the subject-area test. Of these graders, at least one must not be a
member of the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The student must pass each
individual subject-area test of the preliminary exam. A specific
subject-area test of the preliminary exam may be retaken within a year,
but no part of the exam may be taken more than two times. The Doctoral
Advisory Committee along with the Graduate Program Director review the
individual grading of each exam and together determine the student’s
score on each part of the exam. The pass/fail criteria for each
individual part of the exam is as follows:
- 70% or greater is an unconditional pass.
- 60%-69% is a conditional pass on the first try of
the exam, and a fail on the second try. The committee may require any
of the following: 1) the student completes remedial coursework within a
year, if available; and/or 2) the student retakes this portion of the
exam within a year.
- 59% or less is a failing grade.
The cognizant graduate program
director is responsible for completing the Preliminary Exam Record
form. The original signed copy of the form is then included in the
student’s file, with a copy provided to the student.
Within one year of passing the
preliminary exam, the Ph.D. student must select a research topic and
submit a written dissertation proposal. If the proposal is not submitted
while the student is conducting research, the student may need to
register for ENGR 9998 (1-3. s.h.) and will exceed the standard credit
requirements. The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's
knowledge of the subject matter and ability to conduct the proposed
research. The proposal should consist of the following: the context and
background of the proposed research; an exhaustive survey and review of
literature related to the problem; any preliminary results related to
the proposed research; and a detailed plan for investigating the
problem. The dissertation proposal must also be presented at an open
seminar. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the proposal for its
originality, technical methodology, and timeline for completion. The
student continues the research only after it is approved by the
The doctoral dissertation is a
document describing original research that makes a significant
contribution to the existing body of knowledge in the field of
Engineering and its applications. It also demonstrates the student's
mastery of the primary area of interest and ability to present research
findings in writing. A dissertation is a creative contribution by the
student that is considered novel and advanced in the field of
The Ph.D. student’s main advisor must assemble a Doctoral
Advisory Committee no later than the second semester after
matriculation (if admitted with a master’s degree), or no later than six
semesters after matriculation if admitted with a bachelor’s degree.
The Committee reviews the student's progress until graduation. It will
have at least four members, including: 1) the major advisor or
co-advisor, who is a graduate faculty member within the department; 2)
at least one faculty member within the department of the student's major
area of research; 3) a faculty member from another department in Temple
University; and 4) a member selected by the Graduate Director with
input from the student's academic advisor. Formation of the Committee
must be reported to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the
Graduate School. If a student needs to change a member of the
Committee, the new member must be approved by the department's graduate
committee and registered with the Graduate Director and the Graduate
The Dissertation Examining Committee is responsible for
evaluating the dissertation and its defense. This committee is comprised
of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least one external examiner.
The chair of the Doctoral Advisory Committee cannot be the chair of the
Dissertation Examining Committee.
The external examiner may be a faculty member at another university or a
recognized specialist involved in research in an engineering
corporation or government laboratory. Formation of the Dissertation
Examining Committee must be reported to the Dean of the Graduate School
no later than the beginning of the semester in which the student will
defend the dissertation. The Committee will evaluate the primary
findings of the research and their implications, technical accuracy, and
originality. The members will then vote pass/fail on the dissertation
and its defense. If the student must make revisions, those changes must
be approved by the committee. All revisions must be completed within one
month from the date of defense; failure to do so requires a new
The draft of the dissertation must be submitted to the
Dissertation Examining Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies at
least three weeks before the anticipated date of defense. Each member
of the Committee submits a written review report to the Director of
Graduate Studies at least one week before the proposed defense date.
These reports are also communicated to the student and the student's
academic advisor. If the majority of the reports are positive, then the
Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the student and the
Committee members, schedules the formal defense date and time. The
Director of Graduate Studies or his appointee serves as the moderator of
the dissertation defense meeting. At least 10 days before the defense, a
completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form must be submitted
to the Graduate School. The department posts flyers announcing the
Program Contact Information:
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Director of Graduate Studies:
About the Program
The College of Engineering offers a college-wide doctoral degree
program. It is designed for students who have training in Engineering,
Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, or Mathematics, and who wish to
carry out doctoral-level research in Engineering. Faculty members
associated with the Ph.D. degree program are drawn from all departments
in the college, representing a wide variety of technical backgrounds and
interests. Because engineering research is an inherently
interdisciplinary activity, graduates of the program have acquired a
background in diverse engineering approaches that will promote their
careers in research, academia, or industry.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Students are able to complete the didactic portion of the Ph.D. degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Engineering research is highly interdisciplinary and draws on
collaboration with members of the faculty and students within all three
departments of the College of Engineering, in the departments of
Mathematics and the Physical Sciences, and within the School of
Areas of Specialization:
The Ph.D. in Engineering program is inherently
interdisciplinary. The student is admitted to the program in one of the
three departments and then conducts doctoral research within the home
department. The areas of specialization are similar to those at the
master's level: 1) Civil and Environmental Engineering, including Civil
Engineering Systems and Environmental Engineering; 2) Electrical and
Computer Engineering, including
Computer Architectures and Microelectronics, Digital Signal Processing
and Digital Data Communication, and Intelligent Systems and Control; and
3) Mechanical Engineering, including Bioengineering and Advanced
Materials, Fluidics and Energetics, and Dynamic Systems and Design.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to communicate with members
of the faculty about current areas of research.
The program is primarily intended for individuals who wish to
pursue careers in industry, government, and academia in a highly
creative environment. The program is dedicated to producing engineers
who will contribute to advancements in technology. In the past, most of
the graduates of the Ph.D. in Engineering program have been employed in
high-tech industries in research and development positions.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Students may be permitted to take 9 s.h. of coursework before matriculation.
The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) include assisting
faculty in classroom and laboratory instruction; preparing apparatus or
materials for laboratory demonstration; conducting tutorials and
discussion sections; and grading homework. TAs are expected to devote 20
hours per week to these or similar teaching-related activities. The
number of Teaching Assistantships offered to doctoral students is
limited. Research Assistants (RAs) are expected to devote 20 hours per
week to research obligations. RAs are assigned to a faculty member or
principal investigator who is working on a specific research project.
The appropriate subjects for research are determined by consultation
between the student and the student's research and academic advisors.
Both Teaching and Research Assistantships carry a stipend and tuition
support for up to 9 credits per semester.