Direct Path from B.S. to Ph.D.

Starting Fall 2013, the MAE department will give admission directly into the PhD program from the BS degree for those who are highly qualified.  A minimum GPA of 3.5 is a strict requirement for this path.  Those who are admitted to this path will be required to take the PhD qualifying exam at the end of the second semester of study.  Those who are already in the e-PhD path and have completed MAE 586 will be grandfathered in automatically. Those who are already in the e-PhD path but have not completed MAE 586 will be given until Spring 2014 to complete MAE 586 and continue directly to the PhD path without taking the qualifying exam.

A Plan of Work should be completed and submitted to the MAE Graduate Program Office (3113 EBIII) by the end of the student’s first semester on campus.

Credit Requirements (72 Total Hours)

The following table shows recommended schedule for the direct-to-PhD path.

First Semester 2nd Sem 3rd Sem 4th Sem 5th Sem 6th Sem 7th Sem 8th Sem
Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course MAE895 MAE895
Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course Graded Course MAE895 MAE895
Graded Course MAE895 MAE895 MAE895 MAE895 MAE895 MAE895 MAE895
  • A minimum of 13 letter-grade courses (39 hours) are required, up to 5 of which (15 hours) can be approved non-MAE courses.
  • A minor is optional but requires that 3 courses be in the same program.
  • At minimum, 24 hours of doctoral dissertation (MAE 895) are required for graduation.
  • The student has an option of applying for the MS degree “en route” to the PhD when the following conditions are met:
    • 30 credits from letter-grade courses are completed.
    • Qualifying examination is completed.
    • Doctoral Prelim exams (written and oral) are scheduled.

Qualifying Examination (QE)

Starting Fall 2013, any student entering our PhD program without the MS degree must take the QE under the following guidelines:

  • QE will be administered by the student’s PhD committee, preferably at the end of the second semester but no later than the end of the third semester.  (This means the student needs to form his/her PhD committee prior to taking QE.)
  • A minimum of three committee members must be involved in administering the exam.  If the student declares a minor, a minor representative of the committee must be involved.
  • Format of the exam will be determined by the student’s PhD committee.  Exam problems are to be sent to the student one week prior to the time of the exam.  On the day of the exam, the student will orally present the solutions before the committee.
  • The student who does not pass the exam will be given a second chance in the semester immediately following the first one.

PhD Committee Selection

Without a Minor

  • Your Academic Advisor, 2 MAE faculty members and 1 non-MAE faculty member from NCSU, or
  • Your Academic Advisor, 3 MAE faculty members and 1 Graduate School representative

With a Minor

Your Academic Advisor, 3 MAE faculty members and 1 minor representative