Doctoral Candidate Qualification Procedures of Each Departmental Area

Area Area Doctoral Candidate Qualification Procedures
Construction Management Students may apply to become a doctoral candidate in the construction management area after having received a master's degree and after having completed an additional 8 hours of study at Illinois. The student must first find a faculty member (advisor) willing to supervise his or her doctoral studies. Upon receiving an application to the Ph.D. program, the student?s advisor will form a committee of construction management and other appropriate faculty members to review the student's qualifications. At a meeting of this committee, the student?s records, including courses and grades at the Illinois, will be reviewed and the student will be asked to make an oral presentation of previous research or scholarship such as the results of his or her master's thesis or a special project.
Construction Materials Students must apply to become a doctoral candidate in the construction materials area during the first 12 months after being accepted into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and after completing at least four 400- or 500-level courses, two in construction materials and two in the engineering behavior of materials. A GPA of 3.5 or greater is required. One of the construction materials faculty must consent to serve as advisor; the student must submit to this advisor a written request for admission to the Ph.D. program, and the student's qualifications will then be reviewed by the construction materials faculty.
Students must take a qualifying examination after core courses have been completed and their specialty area chosen. For students obtaining a master’s degree from another university, this examination can be taken one year after entering the PhD program. For students who have obtained their master’s degree in our department, this examination can be taken less than one year after the master’s degree, if appropriate. The examination includes one half-day written exam, one take-home written exam, and a follow-up oral exam. All faculty members in the environmental area participate in the grading decision.

Students may apply to become a doctoral candidate in the geotechnical area only after having completed 24 hours of graduate study at Illinois. Upon receiving an application to the Ph.D. program, the student's academic advisor will arrange a meeting of the geotechnical faculty. At this meeting, the student?s records, including courses and grades at Illinois are reviewed.

Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering Students may apply to become a doctoral candidate after having completed two semesters of study at Illinois. Students earning their M.S. degrees at Illinois in the environmental hydrology and hydraulic engineering area are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply to become a doctoral candidate within one year after earning their M.S. degree. Students earning their M.S. degrees from other institutions are required to apply to become a doctoral candidate within two years after the start of their study at Illinois. Approval of the faculty is based upon performance in courses and in a week-end long take- home, written qualifying examination.
Structural Students must take a written qualifying examination that covers five core areas of structural engineering: matrix structural analysis, structural dynamics, structural mechanics, concrete structures and steel structures.
Transportation Students must complete the qualifying examination no later than the end of the third semester of their doctoral program. The student submits transcripts, a one-page statement of course of study objectives including a tentative course plan, and a candidacy form to the examining committee members. The student must have a minimum University of Illinois grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 to qualify for the exam. The qualifying exam is a two-hour oral examination, with provision for a written examination. Please consult with your advisor.

The director of graduate studies (DGS), in consultation with the student and advisor, appoints a committee of at least three faculty, that includes a minimum of two faculty from CEE. The student?s advisor (from CEE) serves as the committee chair. The committee chair works with the committee to define the exam format at least 30 days prior to the exam. The format can vary, and will typically include some combination of a written exam to cover area-specific courses and an oral or written exam to assess coursework and interdisciplinary research knowledge.

* The Interdisciplinary Qualification Procedure is used by SRIS, EWES and SRM.