Preparing the PhD Plan of Study
As soon as they arrive on campus, students see the Department Head or
the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee for referral to a tentative
advisor. Before the student registers to take the DQE, he/she must
file a Plan of Study. The plan is reviewed by the Graduate Studies
Committee and forwarded to the Department Head, before being transmitted
to the Graduate College by the Student Academic Specialist. Forms for
this purpose are available on-line, from the Student Academic
Specialist, or at the Graduate College. If the Plan of Study is
approved at the department level, the Student Academic Specialist sends
it to the Graduate College Degree Check unit before the required
Graduate College deadlines. If it is not approved at the college level,
the form is returned to the student for changes and re-submission.
The Plan of Study is the student's contract with the university
concerning specific course requirements that the student must satisfy
before becoming eligible for the PhD degree. This includes a minimum of
54 units of course work, at least 36 of which must be SIE-type courses
approved by the faculty advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, plus
at least 18 units of dissertation research. In addition, at least 21
units of the course work must be taken from the SIE Department. At most
3 units of independent investigation may also be included, provided the
study covers a topic not available through normal courses, a tangible
course project is submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee, and prior
approval is obtained from the Graduate Studies Committee. SIE 900
Research units may not be counted toward a PhD Degree. Students
must take at least two and no more than three units of SIE 695a. This
class will be graded Pass/Fail. To fulfill this requirement, the
student must attend the department seminars during each semester
enrolled. Prior to completing the seminar requirement, the student must
also give a research presentation to the class.
Subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, a maximum
of 24 units of course work applied toward a Master's degree may be
applied toward the PhD as well. Research credit that was applied toward
a Master's degree cannot be applied toward the PhD degree. Up to 24
units may be transferred from an MS program at another institution.
Minor Area and Foreign Language Requirement
All PhD students must choose at least one minor subject area. The
purpose of choosing a minor is to add breadth to their training. Minors
are normally taken outside the department, but students may petition
the Graduate Studies Committee for minor courses within the department.
A split minor between two departments is also possible. All selections
are subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. The
minor requires 12 units, split minors require 6 units from each area.
The SIE Department does not have a formal foreign language requirement.