- Have completed (or nearly completed) a master's degree in engineering or physical science.
- Scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted.
- Some students may find it necessary to take prerequisite courses to be able to meet the course breadth requirements. The student is recommended to the graduate dean for admission by the department chairperson in consultation with the graduate coordinator of the department.
To ensure proper breadth of course work, the Plan of Study must include at least 15 hours in the student's major field and 18 hours outside the major area. The 18 hours must include a minimum of six hours in a minor area (defined by the advisory committee) and a minimum of six hours of mathematics/statistics. A Plan of Study normally contains about 60 hours of course work, including courses from the master's degree, and should have a minimum of 60 percent of the hours (24 dissertation hours included) beyond the master's work at the 800-900 level or equivalent.