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What will I learn?

At the end of the first year of graduate study in the doctoral program, candidates are required to take a comprehensive written qualifying examination, which is designed to test the ability of the candidate to apply course work in problem solving and creative thinking. The standard is first-year graduate level. There are two four-hour examinations over a two-day period.

Candidates in the program must take an oral examination within one year of taking the qualifying examination. Within two years of taking the qualifying examination, candidates must submit a written proposal and defend it orally before a Thesis Proposal Defense Committee consisting of three members of the faculty, including the adviser. Doctoral candidates must submit a thesis to be defended before a Dissertation Defense Committee consisting of five faculty members, including two professors from outside the doctoral program.

Degree Requirements for the Doctor of Engineering Science ( Eng.Sc.D. or DES) in Materials Science and Engineering

  • Complete requirements for the M.S. with a 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • (unless a Master’s Degree from another institution has already been earned, in which case student receives 30 points of advanced standing)
  • Written Qualifying Examination
  • Specific course requirements are determined in consultation with the program adviser. Courses suggested for preparation at the level of the general and materials science parts of the written qualifying examination are listed in the qualifying examination memorandum.
  • Ethics requirement
  • Online ethics course during Fall of 1st year, attend departmental ethics seminar during Spring of 1st and 2nd years
  • Oral Exam (usually Spring of 2nd year)
  • 30 points of courses and/or research (beyond MS) taken for a letter grade with 3.0 GPA
  • Can be fulfilled with core and related courses of specialization not used for the MS degree as well as research points, but no more than 15 points of research can be applied toward this 30 point requirement
  • 12 points of MSAE E9800: Doctoral Research Instruction
  • Thesis proposal (usually Spring of 3rd year)
  • Complete Dissertation
  • Successful Defense

Which department am I in?

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours beyond MS)

Tuition fees
USD $2,104 per credit hour
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must have bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 600 on paper-and-pencil test, 100 on the internet-based test and IELTS score of 7.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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