Joint Doctoral Program, Aerospace and Mechanical
JDP students are required to satisfy course requirements at both institutions. At
UCSD, preparation for the Department Qualifying Examination involves ten to twelve
graduate courses taken at UCSD. An overall graduate GPA of 3.5 is required for continuation
in the program.
Departmental Qualifying/ Comprehensive/ Ph.D. Preliminary Exam
The Doctoral Qualifying Examination is administered by the student's Advising Committee
supplemented, if appropriate, by faculty appointed by the directors of the Engineering
Joint Doctoral Program at SDSU and UCSD. The examination will be oral, will cover
at least four areas selected so as to ensure appropriate competence in the general
areas of engineering science, and will be at the level and content of both SDSU and
UCSD courses already completed.
Senate Qualifying/ Ph.D. Candidacy Exam
Upon successful completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, a Doctoral Committee
shall be appointed by the Deans of the Graduate Divisions of SDSU and UCSD upon the
recommendation of the directors of the Engineering Joint Doctoral Program. The Doctoral
Committee shall supervise the study and research program of the student. The Chair
will be the student's principal dissertation advisor and will determine in consultation
with the student when the Senate Qualifying Examination will be held.
The student's Doctoral Committee will administer the examination, which will consist
of a presentation of the student's proposed research topic, initial dissertation results,
and plans for future research. Upon successfully completing the Senate Qualifying
Examination, the student may apply to both institutions for advancement to candidacy
for the appropriate doctoral degree. The student must be a candidate at least two
semesters (one year) prior to the award of the degree.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
The Doctoral Committee will administer the final examination, which will consist of two
parts: the student's submission of the written dissertation and the student's oral
presentation of the dissertation results. The first part of the oral dissertation
defense is open to the public while the second part of the dissertation defense involves
specific evaluation and discussion with the student's Doctoral Committee.