Carnegie Mellon University

PhD Program Requirements

To meet the requirements for a PhD, candidates must successfully complete the following:

The process typically takes five years of graduate study following a BS, or four years of graduate study following an MS. 

Joint PhD - CEE/EPP

Current students interested in the joint PhD CEE and EPP degree program must successfully complete one year of your PhD program in EPP or CEE before you are eligible to apply to the Joint PhD in CEE and EPP.

Current students in the PhD program in EPP will need to submit an application for the PhD program in CEE and must begin the Joint PhD program at least one year prior to their expected graduation date. Current students in the PhD program in CEE should contact the Engineering and Public Policy department for additional information.

Students in the CEE/EPP Joint PhD degree program will complete the comprehensive exam in both departments.  One defense committee is formed which must satisfy the requirements of each department, however, only one proposal exam, final defense and dissertation will be required for the joint degree. 

Students in the CEE/EPP Joint PhD degree program must satisfy the teaching requirements of both departments.