at least 60 units of approved graduate level course work
a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
Credit toward the 60 units of required course work is given for approved course work in the area of specialization of the Ph.D. program.
Typically Ph.D. students have completed a master degree with 27 units of course work, and take 33 additional units of course work in order to satisfy the 60 unit requirement.
Ph.D. students take 9-12 units per semester, completing the required courses in 3-4 semesters.
The Ph.D. program has three milestones:
Ph.D. Screening Examination: a written examination which should be taken by the 3rd semester.
Qualifying Examination: taken once the student has selected a dissertation topic and has done preliminary research resulting in a Dissertation Proposal.
an oral exam based on the proposed Dissertation Proposal and course work.
to be taken by the end of the 5th semester in the Ph.D. program.
Dissertation Examination: the Ph.D. student presents the Dissertation in manuscript form and defends it orally. This examination is usually taken within 6 months to a year after the Qualifying Examination.
A bachelor degree from an accredited American college or university, or from a foreign institution of acceptable standing.
GRE General Test.
TOEFL scores, if applicable. Please review the requirements here.
Applicants must demonstrate from their previous major studies that they
meet the level of academic achievement
will be successful in advanced study
Admission decisions are based on:
Grade Point Averages
Three letters of recommendation
a statement of purpose
The Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering is open to students with degrees in engineering or sciences. Students with degrees in other fields may be admitted based on the recommendation of a Program Adviser.
The University, the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provide financial assistance to qualified students through the following:
teaching and research assistantships
loans arranged with the University's Financial Aid Office