Graduate Student Manual

Graduate Degree Requirements

revision February 25, 2019

Foreword

The purpose of this manual is to provide information to graduate students who are considering enrolling or have enrolled in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, so that they may better plan their studies and research during their stay at this University. As such, it is intended to supplement information found in The University of Utah General Catalog. In addition to the Departmental requirements listed in this manual, all the University requirements specified in the Graduate Information section of The University of Utah General Catalog must be satisfied. Therefore, the student should become familiar with both the Departmental and University requirements as soon as possible after they start graduate work. The University of Utah General Catalog contains additional useful information on areas outside the scope of the department, e.g., campus facilities and student housing.

Policy Precedence

In the event there is a conflict between Department policy and University policy, the University policy shall take precedence.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Policy Precedence
  • 1.0 Safety and Wellness
  • 2.0 Admission
    • 2.1 Admission to Graduate Program
    • 2.2 Counseling
    • 2.3 Mail Delivery
  • 3.0 Registration
    • 3.1 Continuous Registration for Students Working toward Graduate Degrees
    • 3.2 Full-Time Status
    • 3.2 Registration for Thesis Research Only
    • 3.3 Registration during Semester of Final Oral Examination
    • 3.4 Leave of Absence or Vacation Semester (Full Semester)
    • 3.5 Withdrawal from the University
    • 3.6 Option for Credit/No-Credit Grading
    • 3.7 Summer Registration of Graduate Students
  • 4.0 Employment, Research and Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Benefit, and Vacation or Leave
    • 4.1 Research Assistantships
    • 4.2 Teaching Assistantships
    • 4.3 Tuition Benefit Support
      • 4.3.1 Qualifying for the Tuition Benefit
      • 4.3.2 Revocation of the Tuition Benefit
      • 4.3.3 Tuition Benefit Limits
    • 4.4 Outside Employment
    • 4.5 Vacations and Leave (within a Semester)
      • 4.5.1 Policy on Parental Leave
  • 5.0 Financial Aid, Loans, and Graduate Fellowships
    • 5.1 Graduate Research Fellowships
    • 5.2 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
    • 5.3 Student Loans
  • 6.0 Thesis Advisor and Supervisory Committee
    • 6.1 Research Topic and Thesis Advisor
    • 6.2 List of Faculty and Their Teaching and Research Specialties
    • 6.3 Supervisory Committee
      • 6.3.1 Master of Science
      • 6.3.2 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
      • 6.3.3 Master of Engineering
  • 7.0 Coursework Degree Requirements
    • 7.1 Coursework Requirements for All Degrees
      • 7.1.1 Prerequisites
      • 7.1.2 Graduate-Level Courses
      • 7.1.3 Core Courses for M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
      • 7.1.4 Course Fees
      • 7.1.5 Graduate Seminar Attendance
      • 7.1.6 Maximum Registration
      • 7.1.7 Transfer Credit
      • 7.1.8 Nonmatriculated or Correspondence Work
    • 7.2 Master of Science
      • 7.2.1 General Coursework and Study Requirements for the M.S.
      • 7.2.2 Residency, M.S.
      • 7.2.3 Independent Study, M.S.
      • 7.2.4 Program of Study, M.S.
      • 7.2.5 Time Limits, M.S.
    • 7.3 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
      • 7.3.1 General Coursework and Study Requirements for the Ph.D.
      • 7.3.2 Independent Study, Ph.D.
      • 7.3.3 Residency, Ph.D.
      • 7.3.4 Admission to Candidacy for the Ph.D. Program - Qualifying Examination
      • 7.3.5 Program of Study, Ph.D.
      • 7.3.6 Time Limits, Ph.D.
    • 7.4 Master of Engineering (M.E.)
      • 7.4.1 Admission to Candidacy
      • 7.4.2 Course Requirements, M.E.
      • 7.4.4 Time Limits, M.E.
      • 7.4.5 Final Report and Examination
  • 8.0 Research Degree Requirements
    • 8.1 Research Requirements for All Degrees
      • 8.1.1 Laboratory Safety and Work-Related Injuries
      • 8.1.2 Thesis Advisor and Research Topic
      • 8.1.3 Laboratory Notebook
      • 8.1.4 Semester Research Report
      • 8.1.5 Research Equipment
      • 8.1.5 Graduate Seminar Presentation
    • 8.2 Laboratory and Building Access
    • 8.3 Research Proposal Requirements
      • 8.3.1 Additional Research Proposal Requirements for Ph.D.
  • 9.0 Thesis or Dissertation and Final Examination
    • 9.1 Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
      • 9.1.1 Submission of Thesis or Dissertation
      • 9.1.2 Thesis or Dissertation Formatting
      • 9.1.3 Final Oral Examination (Thesis or Dissertation Defense)
      • 9.1.4 Thesis Correction, Approval, and Release
    • 9.2 Ph.D. Dissertation Requirements
  • 10.0 Graduation
    • 10.1 Graduation Application
    • 10.2 Thesis Release
    • 10.3 Graduation Ceremonies
    • 10.4 Leaving the Graduate Program
  • 11.0 Policies on Termination of a Graduate Student/Thesis Advisor Relationship and Dismissal from the Program
    • 11.1 Termination of a Graduate Student/Thesis Advisor Relationship
    • 11.2 Policy on Dismissal from the Program
  • 12.0 Student Advisory Committee (S.A.C.)
    • 12.1 Membership
    • 12.2 Purpose and Scope
  • 13.0 Timeline of Objectives for Degrees
  • 14.0 Glossary
  • 15.0 Useful Websites
Last Updated: 2/27/19