To earn a PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering at NYU-Poly, the following requirements must be met:
- 51 credits of graduate work (not including the PhD dissertation) in relevant major and minor areas of study beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
- Completion and successful defense of a 24-credit dissertation related to the major area of study. Dissertations must consist of original research that meaningfully advances the state-of-art in the subject area of the research and should result in the publication of at least 1 paper in a strictly peer-reviewed technical journal related to the subject. A grade of B or better must be achieved for the dissertation.
- Completion of 2 minor areas of study, each consisting of between 9 and 12 credits of graduate work. At least 1 minor area must be outside the transportation area.
- Residency requirements for the PhD in Transportation Planning and Engineering include the 24-credit dissertation, plus a minimum of 9 credits of applicable graduate course work taken at NYU-Poly.
In meeting the 51-credit course requirement, you must satisfy all requirements for the major and minor areas selected or their equivalent. In satisfying these basic PhD requirements, you must also meet 1 of 2 conditions:
- 39 credits of approved graduate coursework, not including individual guided studies (readings, projects, theses, etc.) beyond the bachelor’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
- 21 credits of related graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree, with an average grade of B or better (cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 0-4 scale).
Satisfying condition 2 requires that the department accept your MS degree in toto without regard to its specific content. This requires a recommendation from the department’s Graduate Committee and the approval of the department head.
Detials about doctoral committees, qualifying examinations, and dissertation policies and procedures can be found in the NYU-Poly catalog, beginning on page 333.