A student is considered a PhD degree candidate upon:
- Completion of all required coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Satisfactory completion of qualifying examination and comprehensive examination.
The qualifying exam is conducted by the Network Science Graduate Program Committee to test a student’s knowledge and fluency of the core course material.
A PhD student must submit a written dissertation proposal to the dissertation committee. The proposal should identify the research problem, the research plan, and its potential impact on the field. A presentation of the proposal will be made in an open forum, and the student must successfully defend it before the dissertation committee.
A PhD student’s research work culminates in a dissertation, which is defended as a public presentation followed by a closed evaluation with the dissertation committee.
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