Degree Learning Outcomes
Graduates with the Doctoral Degree in Engineering Science (Structural Engineering) will demonstrate:
- an in-depth understanding of the basic and advanced topics in structural engineering,
- the ability to use common tools and techniques in structural engineering,
- the ability to create and perform independent research on an original and novel topic in structural engineering,
- effective professional skills including oral and written communication, leadership, independence, teamwork, and ethics,
- the ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team in industry or in academia, and
- the qualifications to be hired in industry or in academia.
Departmental Qualifying/ Comprehensive/ Ph.D. Preliminary Exam
Senate Qualifying/ Ph.D. Candidacy Exam
The Ph.D. Candidacy Examination is an oral examination that includes presentation
of a plan for the dissertation research project. The examination is designed to test
the ability of the student to conduct original dissertation research, and must be
taken within four years after admission to the doctoral program.
The Joint Doctoral Committee consists of at least five officers of instruction, with two members from SDSU, two members from UCSD, and one tenured UCSD member from outside the Department of the candidate. At least two members should represent specialties different from the student’s chosen field. The two co-advisors, one from each institution, serve as co-chairs of the Joint Doctoral Committee. The Joint Doctoral Committee administers the qualifying examination. Students must maintain a GPA equivalent to 3.5 or better in order to take the qualifying examination and advance to candidacy.