Materials Science and Engineering Roadmap


Semester 1: Advisor & Research
  • Enroll in at least 2 MSE core courses (5301, 5309, 5322, or 5334)
  • Discuss research interests with faculty
  • Begin work in research group
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prepare for qualifying exam
Semester 2: Start Research
  • Pass qualifying exam (early January)
  • Enroll in research (MSE 6950) and/or additional courses

YEAR 2 & 3

Form an Advisory Committee
Serve as a grader for 2 semesters
Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School (after 18 credits completed)
Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School

(after 18 credits completed)

Upon Plan of Study approval by Graduate School, start proposal


Dissertation Proposal/General Exam
  • ¬†Provide a copy of proposal to advisory committee 1 week in advance
  • Defend proposal
  • Submit proposal hard copy, dissertation proposal approval, and general exam forms to Graduate School (at least 6 months before final Ph.D. defense)
Prepare Dissertation Proposal
  • Should be completed within 12 months of the completion of General Exam
Complete 30 graded course credits and 15 graded research credits


Apply for Graduation in Peoplesoft During Last Semester

Announce Final Defense 2 Weeks in Advance on UConn and MSE Event Calendars
  • Contact MSE department staff for calendar scheduling and announcement.¬†
Provide Dissertation to Advisory Committee 2 Weeks in Advance of Defense

External Advisory Board

Defend dissertation and obtain signatures of advisory committee

External Advisory Board

  • Submit 1 electronic copy of dissertation to Digital Commons
  • Submit completed dissertation checklist, 1 approval page, final exam form, and receipt of earned doctorate survey to Graduate School
Complete IMS clearance form
  • Includes: submitting pdf of thesis, returning keys.