Graduate Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. is a research degree and the highest degree offered by the University. All departments and schools offer admission to a program leading to the Ph.D. In several cases, interdepartmental programs award the Ph.D. through a participating department.


Master's Degrees

The University awards the following as final professional degrees: Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master in Finance (M.Fin.), Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.), Master of Science in Chemistry (M.S.), Master in Public Affairs (M.P.A.) and Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.). Dual degree programs also are offered in partnership with certain cooperating professional schools.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) is available as a final degree only in Near Eastern studies. In all other fields of study, the Master of Arts (or, in the Composition section of the Department of Music, the Master of Fine Arts) is awarded as an incidental degree for Ph.D. candidates. Each department sets its own requirements for the award of the M.A.

Silhavey Lab

Graduate students in Professor Thomas Silhavy's research group recently helped identify genes that control the growth of protective membranes in certain bacteria. They hope the findings will lead to stronger antibiotic drugs.