Doctoral Dissertation Proposals
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Outline
Mechanical Engineering students who matriculate into the doctoral program with an M.S. degree must present their doctoral dissertation proposals no later than the end of the fourth semester following their entry into this program. In the event the proposal is not approved, the student will be given until the end of the fourth semester to gain the approval of a proposed dissertation topic.
Mechanical Engineering students who matriculate into the doctoral program with a B.S. degree, or whose admission status is changed from the M.S. program to the doctoral program, must present their doctoral dissertation proposals by no later than the end of the sixth semester following their entry into the doctoral program, or the M.S. program, whichever occurs first. In the event the proposal is not approved, the student will be given until the end of the seventh semester to gain the approval of a proposed dissertation topic.
Doctoral Proposal Guidelines - Northern Arizona University
Once a student has passed his or her doctoral qualifying examination, completed the coursework in the doctoral program of study, and has obtained approval for his or her doctoral dissertation proposal, the student is considered to have completed the preliminary training and demonstrated his or her potential to successfully complete the Ph.D. degree. This is formally confirmed by the Graduate School by recognizing the student as a Ph.D. Candidate. The student must submit the Application for Admission to Candidacy Form to the Graduate Studies Office. This form must be approved by the Graduate Director and by the Graduate School. Students must be admitted to candidacy at least 6 months prior to the date on which the degree will be conferred. It is the responsibility of the student to submit an Application for when all the requirements for candidacy have been fulfilled. This form may also be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office. Applications received prior to the 25th of the month will be processed such that the student's doctoral candidacy goes into effect on the first day of the following month.