Ph.D. Degree Requirements
The thesis defense examination is administered by Thesis Defense Committee that consists of three members in addition to the research advisor of the student. The Committee Chair must be a faculty from the ESE Department. One member must be outside the ESE Graduate Group. The Committee must be proposed to and approved by the Graduate Chair. The research advisor of the student cannot serve as the Chair of the Committee. Every Ph.D. student must write a dissertation conforming to the rules of Penn's Doctoral Dissertation Manual. The doctoral dissertation will be evaluated and approved (by majority vote) by the Thesis Defense Committee.