Applied Sciences - PhD

Graduating students with cap and gown after commencement


The PhD in Applied Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that applies modern approaches from the experimental, natural and life sciences in conjunction with theoretical and computational methods from the disciplines of engineering, mathematics and computer science to the solution of advanced problems of fundamental importance. The program emphasizes the application of research methods and procedures to advanced areas of importance in the sciences and technology. The program builds on the premise that advancing the applied sciences and technology must be based on fundamental comprehension of the various disciplines, while continually being responsive to the needs of new technologies, and the interdisciplinary nature of the modern scientific enterprise. This program will be administered by a committee which has a representation of faculty from various graduate programs in the School of Sciences and Engineering.

This program offers a PhD degree in Applied Sciences with specializations in:

  • Biotechnology

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Global Public Health

  • Nanotechnology


Upon completing the degree requirements for the PhD Program in Applied Sciences and Engineering graduating students should have the ability to:

  • Pursue a career in academia in teaching and/or research

  • Pursue a career in industrial research and development (R&D)

  • Identify well-defined science and/or engineering problems of importance to the profession or the community, as well as generate new ideas and approaches to resolve such problems

  • Apply advanced experimental, analytical and computational techniques to solve complex scientific problems

  • Convince others that their ideas are worth pursuing and explore funding opportunities for their research

  • Initiate scientific collaborations schemes that advance their research endeavors

  • Successfully communicate their results to constituencies of various technical backgrounds and fields of specialty

  • Make significant contributions to their field of specialization and profession through their own continued research, writing, teaching, and practice

  • Implement the code of ethics within the study and work environments


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