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Students must comply with the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Engineering (ITDE) program, outlined in the graduate catalogStudents work with their advisory committee to identify courses for their degree plan.

  • On the degree plan, a total of 96 hours is required beyond the bachelor’s degree;
  • For students with a master’s degree, a total of 64 hours is required;
  • These hours include a maximum of 16 credit hours for a professional internship.
  • Must complete and pass:
    • A written qualifying exam, with the option to additionally conduct an oral qualifying exam, developed and administered by the student’s committee and chair(s), within two semesters of matriculation to the D. Engr. program.
    • The option to exercise an oral exam in addition to the written exam is held by the committee. Written copies of the exam must be approved by the director of interdisciplinary engineering prior to its administration to the student.
      • To request review of the qualifying exam, submit a copy of the exam and the qualifying exam form (signed) to the Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Office.
      • The committee may, at their discretion but with approval from the Director of Interdisciplinary Engineering, choose to accept the student’s successful passing of another degree program’s qualifying exam to satisfy this requirement.
    • A preliminary exam, composed of a written internship proposal (to be filed with Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) and an oral preliminary examination, administered by the student’s committee and chair(s).
      • Deadlines for completing the preliminary exam are established by OGAPS and must be strictly followed.
    • A final exam, composed of a written report of the student’s internship (Record of Study) and an oral defense of the internship (Final Examination), administered by the student’s committee and chair(s).


Students will begin a one calendar year internship after all 80 hours of coursework are complete. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the internship. The student may consult with his or her committee chair and/or the Doctor of Engineering Program Director to define the student’s career objectives and identify possible organizations that would best meet these objectives. Once an internship has been secured, the student will submit an internship proposal for approval to the advisory committee along with a resume of the internship supervisor so that s/he may be added to the student’s advisory committee. Within the first six months of the internship, the student must submit final internship objectives to his/her committee for approval.