Coursework for students is tailored with the advice and consent of their graduate advisor to provide background for interdisciplinary dissertation research. Course descriptions are given under each departmental listing of courses.
Students are also required to complete 6-credit hours of summer off-campus external internship at an academic institution, in a governmental or private laboratory, or with a private company. Opportunities are also available to complete this internship requirement abroad.
Students pursue interdisciplinary research under the guidance of the chair or co-chairs of their advisory committee. Graduate faculty members from at least two disciplines will be represented on each student’s advisory committee. Research must be interdisciplinary and can include a combination of engineering, atmospheric sciences, economics, physical sciences, and mathematics. Field/lab experiments, analytical research, or numerical simulations are examples of acceptable dissertation research.
Students must complete a qualifying examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The qualifying examination questions are based on a dissertation proposal, which is provided to the advisory committee by the student prior to the qualifying examination. Additionally, students shall have at least one paper based on their dissertation research published (or accepted to be published) in a peer-reviewed journal prior to graduation.
Financial support in the form of scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships is available to qualified students. See the National Wind Institute (www.depts.ttu.edu/nwi/) for more details of the degree program, the research interests of faculty affiliates, and ongoing research topics.