Graduate Policies & Procedures

Interdepartmental programs

Occasionally a graduate student may desire a program whose boundaries overlap two or more departments. If a group of faculty representing the departments concerned agree the interdepartmental degree proposal is adequate in scope and depth to meet degree standards, the Dean for Graduate Education will entertain a recommendation approved by the student’s department of registration to appoint an ad hoc interdepartmental committee to administer this program.

The initiative for arranging such an interdepartmental program lies with the student. The student should consult with the departmental graduate registration officer or the chair of the departmental graduate committee, in order to identify those members of the faculty most appropriate for membership on this proposed interdepartmental committee. A proposal should be drafted including educational background, relevant work experience, details of the proposed program, and educational objectives. The proposal should be reviewed, revised, and approved by the professors proposed for this committee (preferably three to five in number), then submitted to the departmental graduate officer for approval and transmittal to the Dean for Graduate Education. The Dean will formally approve the program and appoint the interdepartmental committee. Thereafter, the student’s interdepartmental committee is responsible for supervising the entire degree program.

INTERDEPARTMENTAL DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAM

Information regarding permission and supervision of an interdepartmental doctoral degree

INTERDEPARTMENTAL ENGINEER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

Information regarding the interdisciplinary engineer’s degree program

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

Information regarding the interdepartmental master’s degree program