An interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is jointly offered with the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics and the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, & Biomedical Engineering. This program aims to address the increasingly cross-cutting nature of doctoral research in these disciplines and take advantage of the complementary educational offerings and research opportunities in these departments.
Any student who wishes to enter this interdisciplinary program needs to obtain the consent of the two departments involved and the subsequent approval of the Dean of Academic Administration. The student will follow a study plan designed by his/her faculty advisor(s). The student will be granted official candidacy in the program upon successful completion of a qualifying exam that will be administered according to the applicable guidelines of the Office of Graduate Admissions. All policies of the Office of Graduate Admissions that govern the credit and thesis requirements apply to students enrolled in this interdisciplinary program. Interested students should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the Dean of Academic Administration.
Nanotechnology Graduate Program
The chemical engineering and materials science & engineering doctoral programs are an integral part of the institute-wide Nanotechnology Graduate Program. A Ph.D. degree in either discipline with a nanotechnology concentration is available to students who satisfy all the above requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and additionally complete the NGP common core courses (NANO 600 and NANO 525/625), a minimum of five elective NANO courses, as well as regularly attend the seminar series in the Nanotechnology Curriculum (NANO 700).
Note that the requirement for five elective NANO courses are allowed to overlap with the requirements for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. involving the CEMS department. In addition, a Ph.D. candidate must successfully execute a doctoral dissertation in the realm of nanotechnology. Interested students should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the Dean of Graduate Studies.