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
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.
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
CE 360 Geotechnical Testing and Instrumentation
CE 361 Advanced Soil Mechanics
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
CE 340 Advanced Transportation Systems Analysis and PlanningWater Resources Engineering
CE 341 Advanced Traffic Flow Theory and Analysis
CE 342 Advanced Traffic Engineering and Management
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
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
Transfer of Credits
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.