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Bioengineering students working together in lab at ClemsonDoctor of Philosophy Degree

Doctoral degree candidates must provide evidence of their potential success in advanced graduate study. The selection of courses for the doctoral degree is flexible and depends on the background and objectives of each candidate. Course requirements will vary depending on past education. The program comprises a total of 60 credit hours composed of 36 course credit hours; up to 6 hours of graduate BioE Seminar (BioE 800) and 18 hours of doctoral research Students are encouraged to enroll directly in the doctoral program from a baccalaureate degree. Applicants who already have an M.S. degree in engineering or science can apply up to 24 credit hours from their M.S. degree toward the 36 credit hours required for the Ph.D.

Students admitted into the doctoral program will be required to pursue a core curriculum and plan of study that will serve as the basis for further, more specialized study in the field. The Ph.D. curriculum and plan of study seeks to:

  1. establish a uniform knowledge base of fundamental bioengineering principles among admitted graduate students with conventional and non-traditional educational backgrounds,
  2. provide greater flexibility in selection of core and elective courses in order to be more relevant to the students’ chosen research track,
  3. specify guidelines for transfer of relevant course credits for doctoral students with a master’s degree to avoid course repetition/duplication and ensure quality control of bioengineering education offered by the department.

Qualifying examination and a proposal defense must be passed before a student is accepted officially as a Ph.D. candidate. The qualifying examination is an oral exam covering the student's area of concentration and specific research field. The proposal defense part of the comprehensive examination involves the oral presentation and defense of the student's proposed research before his or her selected research committee.