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Graduation Requirements

Masters Program

Requirements: All students are required to take ChE 615, 620, and 625, and all full-time students are required to take one credit of journal club/seminar (ChE 796) for each semester enrolled. The research advisor, in conjunction with an advisory and examining committee (AEC) to be designated by each student, will be responsible for following departmental guidelines to determine the plan of study appropriate to the student's program.

A written research proposal and oral presentation of this proposal is required of all M.S. students. This oral defense is administered by the student's AEC and must be completed by the end of the second semester of the first year for MSChE candidates, and as soon as possible but not later than the end of the second semester of the second year for MSE candidates.

Final Examination: All students are required to pass a final oral examination, administered by their AEC, covering both the thesis or problem report (depending on the program selected) and related course material.

Doctoral Program

Requirements: All BS students entering the PhD program are required to take ChE 615, 620, and 625, while MS students entering the program must demonstrate equivalent courses taken for graduate credit. In addition, all full-time students must take one credit of seminar/journal club (ChE 796) each semester. For a student admitted directly after the BS degree, the Ph.D. program consists of a minimum of 36 course credit hours, excluding research (ChE 797) and seminar/journal club (ChE 796). If the student has an MS in chemical engineering from WVU, the program consists of a minimum of 12 course credit hours (excluding ChE 797 and ChE 796). If the student has an MS in chemical engineering from another institution, the program consists of a minimum of 18 course credit hours (excluding ChE 797 and ChE 796). Students must complete a minor consisting of a minimum of nine semester hours of a coherent set of courses taken outside of the department. These courses may be related to the major research area. Nontechnical courses are considered only under exceptional circumstances. Courses at the 400 level may be acceptable. All courses must be approved by the AEC and the academic advisor. Students must complete graduate courses with an overall course work average of 3.0 or better (exclusive of research credits) and complete all ChE courses with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 (exclusive of research credits). A minimum of 24 credit hours in dissertation research is required. Also, two semesters of full-time attendance at the Morgantown campus is required to complete the residency requirement.

Examinations: All students must pass the PhD qualifying examination given in their first year at WVU. This examination is designed to assess the basic competency of students in the chemical engineering field to determine whether or not they have sufficient knowledge to undertake independent research.

Research Proposal: A student must receive acceptance of a written dissertation research proposal and must also successfully defend this proposal to the student's AEC. This requirement must be completed within six months of passing the qualifying examination or of entering the PhD program, whichever is later. The research work for the doctoral dissertation should show a high order of originality on the part of the student and must offer an original contribution to the field of engineering science.

Students entering the program prior to August 2012 who have completed their research proposal must successfully defend an original research proposition in an oral examination. The written proposition, developed by the student alone, must be on a topic unrelated to their dissertation research and will remain the intellectual property of the student. Students needing to complete this proposition have the option, with consent of their research advisor, to instead repeat their research proposal defense following new guidelines for the document and oral examination.

A student who has successfully completed all course work, passed the qualifying examination, and successfully defended the original research proposition and research proposal is defined as one who is a candidate for the PhD degree.

In order to complete the PhD requirements, a student must pass a final oral examination on the results embodied in the dissertation. This examination is open to the public and, in order to evaluate critically the student's competency, may include testing on material in related fields, as deemed necessary by the AEC. In addition, since the PhD degree is primarily a research degree that embodies the results of an original research proposal and represents a significant contribution to scientific literature, the student must submit a manuscript on this research to the AEC.