All students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. These must include a minimum of 24 hours in Doctoral Research and Dissertation. Specific requirements for required course work are:
- Students entering with an MS degree will be required to take a minimum of 12 hours of graduate course work, exclusive of ME 601, dissertation credit or seminar courses.
- Students entering with a BS degree will be required to take a minimum of 42 hours of graduate course work, exclusive of ME 601, dissertation credit or seminar courses.
This course work, including that taken for an MS degree, must include:
- A minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate work in mathematics courses numbered 400 or above with a minimum of 3 hours numbered 500 or above. The department may approve other courses with sufficient mathematical content to meet this requirement.
- A minimum of 21 hours of graduate course work in the major in courses numbered 500 and above. The department may approve other departmental courses to meet this requirement.
- A minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate course work is required at the 600 level. These are exclusive of ME 601, thesis or dissertation credit. The total number of approved course work and dissertation hours must meet the university’s requirement of a minimum of 72 hours.
Additional requirements for all students include the following.
- Registration and participation in the graduate seminar in the major program.
- Meet all departmental examination requirements, which include passing a written and oral comprehensive examination.
- Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
- Successful defense of the dissertation.
Energy Science and Engineering Concentration
This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the College of Engineering, other University of Tennessee colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major, (PhD) program section of this catalog.