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General Degree Requirements                                                                                          

Each student admitted into the doctoral program shall be assigned a Faculty Guidance Committee composed of a Graduate Adviser (chairman of the Committee) who is a faculty of the Institute of Civil Engineering and at least two members who are faculty of the College of Engineering. Together, the Graduate Adviser and the student shall draw up the latter's program of study to be submitted to the Doctoral Program Committee for approval. The program of study should satisfy the following minimum requirements. 

1. complete the following minimum course requirements: 

            a) for MS degree holders: 

                        Courses in the Major Field                 12 units 
                        Core Courses in Civil Engineering     6 units 
                        Electives                                                 6 units 
                        Dissertation                                         12 units 
                        Total number of units                         36 units 

            b) for BS degree holders, straight Ph.D. option is also available with required minimum of 45 units of course work; 

2. maintain a cumulative weighted average grade (CWAG) of 1.75 or better at the end of each academic year until the completion of the program of study; 

3. pass the qualifying examination after completion of all course work in the program of study, and those units stipulated by the residence rules, if applicable; and, 

4. submit a doctoral dissertation and successfully defend the dissertation.                                                                                                              Back To Top


Doctoral Program Courses                                                                                                   


Courses in the doctoral program are classified according to fields of study. Other relevant courses may be courses offered by the Institute of Civil Engineering or other departments/institutes in the College of Engineering and the University and they are chosen according to the needs and relevance to the program of study of the student. With Institute approval and recommendation of the Graduate Adviser, the student may also take major/specialization courses in the master’s program. 

Core Courses
CE 301 Environmental Impact Assessment in Civil Engineering Projects 
CE 304 Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering 
CE 306 Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering I 

Geotechnical Engineering 
CE 360 Geotechnical Testing and Instrumentation 
CE 361 Advanced Soil Mechanics 

Structural Engineering 
CE 322 Advanced Topics in Concrete Technology 
CE 350 Advanced Structural Analysis 
CE 351 Random Structural Vibrations 
CE 352 Advanced Design of Metal Structures 
CE 353 Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 
CE 356 Advanced Structural Dynamics 
CE 358 Wind Engineering 

Transportation Engineering 
CE 340 Advanced Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning 
CE 341 Advanced Traffic Flow Theory and Analysis 
CE 342 Advanced Traffic Engineering and Management 

Water Resources Engineering
CE 311 River Mechanics and Sediment Transport Modeling 
CE 313 Stochastic Techniques in Water Resources 
CE 315 Mathematical Modeling of Water Resources Systems 
CE 316 Optimization and Simulation of Water Resources Systems 
CE 318 Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport 

Dissertation 
CE 400 PhD Dissertation 

Notes on Elective Courses for the Doctoral Program 

With Institute approval and recommendation of the Graduate Adviser, courses to be credited as Elective may be chosen from: 
a) the Common List of Elective Courses for the Doctoral Program shown below; 
b) among major/specialization courses from other Ph.D. Civil Engineering Fields of Study; and, 
c) among major/specialization (required and elective) and common elective courses from the M.S. Civil Engineering Program. 

The Institute may, from time to time, add or delete courses from the list of elective courses. 
List of Common Elective Courses for the Doctoral Program 
CE 307 Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering II 
CE 308 Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue 
CE 397 Special Topics in Civil Engineering 
CE 398 Special Problems in Civil Engineering                                                                                                                                                                   



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Transfer of Credits from Another University

Subject to the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee of the Institute of Civil Engineering, graduate courses taken by a student in another university may be credited towards his/her doctoral course requirements provided that: (1) these courses were taken within the last five years prior to his/her admission to the program; (2) these courses have been validated through appropriate means by the Doctoral Program Committee of the department concerned; and, (3) these courses have not been credited to an undergraduate or graduate degree previously obtained by the student, (4) the total number of graduate credits which may be transferred shall not exceed 15 units for B.S. degree holders or 9 units for M.S. degree holders. Condition (2) above does not apply if the courses were taken in a university with which UP has an institutional arrangement and if the student was already admitted in the program when he took the courses. 


Transfer of Credits from Another Program 
Subject to the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee of the Institute of Civil Engineering, graduate courses taken by the student under another program at UP may be transferred for credit to his/her doctoral course requirements provided that: (1) these courses were taken within the last five years prior to the student's admission or transfer to the Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering.


Minimum Grade Requirement                                                                                              


Each student's scholastic performance in his course work shall be evaluated at the end of each semester by the Doctoral Program Committee. To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative weighted average of 1.75 or better in all the courses in his/her program of study. Failure to maintain this scholastic standard shall mean disqualification from the program. A student who obtains a grade below 3.00 in any course included in his/her approved program of study shall be automatically disqualified from the program. In meritorious cases, a student may appeal to the Doctoral Program Committee for readmission to the program.

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Doctoral Qualifying Examination                                                                                       


After the student completes the minimum course requirement, a doctoral qualifying examination can be administered to determine whether the student has acquired adequate fundamental knowledge in his/her major field of study and to assess his/her readiness to pursue his/her dissertation. The qualifying examination will be administered by the Faculty Guidance Committee of the student. If the student fails, he/she will be allowed to take the examination again, within one semester after the first attempt. Failure at the second attempt will disqualify him/her from the program.

Dissertation Requirement                                                                                                     


After the student has passed the qualifying examination, he/she will be required to submit a written formal Doctoral Research Proposal for his/her dissertation to the Faculty Guidance Committee.. The proposed research should be directed towards making an original contribution to fundamental knowledge in the chosen field of study. Upon approval of the student's dissertation proposal, the candidate may proceed to carry out his/her dissertation research.

Final Doctoral Examination                                                                                                 


After the Faculty Guidance Committee shall have approved the dissertation, a doctoral examination panel consisting of the members of the Faculty Guidance Committee and two additional faculty with the Graduate Adviser as chairman shall conduct an oral examination on the dissertation of the student. The two additional faculty shall be appointed by the Doctoral Program Committee. 

The passing or failing of the doctoral examination will be decided by a simple majority vote of the doctoral examination panel. If the candidate passes the examination, his/her dissertation is considered approved and accepted. If the student fails, he/she will be given a second chance to defend his/her revised dissertation no earlier than three months but not later than one year after the first defense. Failure at the second examination shall disqualify the candidate from the program.