Ph.D. Dissertation Requirements

Adviser and Committee
Students will only be admitted to the ECS program once an adviser has been selected. The Graduate Supervisory Committee will consist of at least four members of the NDSU graduate faculty. The Committee must include the student's adviser, two additional ECS faculty members, and an appointee of the Graduate School. One committee member must be from outside the student's home college. The plan of study will be prepared by the student, in consultation with the major adviser, by the end of the first year in residence. The plan shall be approved by the student's Graduate Supervisory Committee and the ECS director according to the regulations outlined in the NDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Preliminary Examinations for Doctoral Students
1. For the Ph.D., the written Preliminary Examination will cover the core areas for the ECS program and courses from the appropriate tracks. The preliminary examination will typically be taken in the middle of the third year. The written exam must be passed before the comprehensive oral examination can be scheduled.

2. The comprehensive oral examination will typically be taken by the end of the third year in residence. The examination will cover the topic areas for the appropriate track.

Dissertation Research
A proposal describing research suitable for preparation of a dissertation in ECS will be prepared in the format of a NSF Dissertation Grant. Alternative formats must be agreed to by the Graduate Supervisory Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the student's Graduate Supervisory Committee for review and approval. The dissertation must show originality and demonstrate the student's capacity for independent research.

Follow the link to the NDSU Graduate School for information on requirements for graduate study at NDSU.