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 complete the qualifying examination no later than the end of the third semester of their doctoral program and after completing at least four 400- or 500-level courses, two in construction materials and two in the engineering behavior of materials. The student must submit to his/her advisor an application packet consisting of a one-page statement of research objectives, a Ph.D. Program Plan, transcripts of all college-level courses, and a professional resume.  A post-BS GPA of 3.5 or greater is required. The Qualification Examination is a one-hour oral exam in addition to review of the application packet.
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 a minimum of two semesters of graduate study at Illinois. They must have a minimum of two 500 level courses in geotechnical engineering and a 3.5 minimum GPA. Upon receiving an application to the Ph.D. program, the group coordinator will arrange a meeting of the geotechnical faculty. The exam format will be a written exam followed by an oral exam. A majority of faculty in attendance must approve of passing decision.

Water Resources 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 followed by an oral qualification 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 orthe interdisciplinary format. 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. There are two primary formats, which are either (1) combination of a written and oral exam covering the area of specialization knowledge or (2) written set of questions in the area of specialization that the student must orally respond to the committee.

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