The essence of engineering is creative design, particularly as it relates to the solution of problems of national, global and/or social interest. There has never been a greater demand for engineers and computer scientists.

This is especially true in the current economic crisis facing our nation. Engineers will certainly play critical roles and provide solutions to challenges in national security, alternative energy, and health care. Now is the perfect time to consider a future in one of the exciting fields of engineering.

But what does it mean to be a small, private, Catholic engineering school? And what does it mean to be a student here?

The Doctoral Degree

 The University's "General Requirements for Graduate Study" for the doctoral degree apply to all doctoral programs of the School of Engineering, with one exception: the foreign language competency is not required. The requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or D.Eng.) of the school include:

  • A minimum of 53 semester hours of graduate work in a program of study prepared and approved in consultation with an advisor
  • The successful passing of a comprehensive examination upon completion of the graduate course work
  • The approval of a dissertation proposal submitted and presented by the candidate
  • The approval and successful defense of the dissertation in an oral examination conducted as specified by university procedures.