Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

MS Thesis

Requirements for Master’s Thesis Students

The student must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS) and obtain their advisor’s signature by the midterm of the first semester. Signed forms must be submitted to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing. Students will have an advising hold until their first PPS has been submitted. The request for the use of transfer credits (if any) toward the degree program must be made using the PPS.

Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, students must contact their advisor for approval of the proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes to the PPS. Submit revised PPS forms to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School; therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

A supervisory committee consisting of a minimum of two members (the advisor and at least one additional member) should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include a graduate faculty member from the minor department. The student will have an oral defense of his/her thesis in the graduating semester. A completed draft of the thesis should be submitted to the committee at least two weeks in advance of the date of the oral defense.

A total of fourteen graduate classes are offered in Transportation Engineering. These courses are broadly grouped into three streams (a) Operations and Simulation, (b) Planning and Analytics, and (c) Networks, Safety, and Design.

The following are the course work requirements:

· Total Course Credits: At least 24

· Core Courses: 9 credits. Select one course from each of the three streams.

· Transportation Electives: At least 6 credits. Select at least two courses from any of the remaining nine Transportation courses.

· Other Electives: At most 9 credits (if total course credits are 24). Students are encouraged to choose electives from other branches of civil engineering and a variety of other disciplines including but not limited to: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, and Statistics. Students must choose electives in consultation with their advisors. These are typically selected to support the student’s thesis topic. The electives may also be chosen to obtain a minor in another discipline.

· A student may pursue internship during the graduate studies (with approval from the advisor). Up to 3 credits (EGN 5949) from the internship can count towards the degree. The internship will be considered under the “other electives” category

· A student may be able to transfer up to 9 credits from a previous degree with the approval of his/her advisor and per UF guidelines. These credits will count towards the category of electives unless the student can demonstrate that these transfer courses are equivalent to one or more of the core courses.

· UF also offers a variety of courses on written and spoken English1. Students are strongly encouraged to take one or more such classes to enhance their communication skills in English. These classes will not count towards the credit requirements of the graduate degree.

· Thesis Credits: 6 (CGN 6971)

· Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or 2 credit hours (Summer) in CGN 6971 is required during the final/graduating semester.

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 GPA within the departmental courses to be eligible for

MS Non Thesis

Requirements for Master’s Non-Thesis Students:

The student must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS) and obtain their advisor’s signature by the midterm of the first semester. Signed forms must be submitted to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing. Students will have an advising hold until their first PPS has been submitted. The request for the use of transfer credits (if any) toward the degree program must be made using the PPS.

Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, students must contact their advisor for approval of the proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes to the PPS. Submit revised PPS forms to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School; therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

The supervisory committee of non-thesis students comprise only of the student’s advisor. However, when a minor is pursued, a graduate faculty member from the minor department should be included in the committee.

The following are the course work requirements:

· Total Credits: Minimum of 30

· Core Courses: 9 credits. Select one course from each of the three streams.

· Transportation Electives: At least 9 credits. Select at least three courses from any of the remaining Transportation courses.

· Other Electives: At most 12 credits. Students are encouraged to choose electives from other branches of civil engineering and a variety of other disciplines including but not limited to: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, and Statistics. Students must choose electives in consultation with their advisors. The electives may be chosen to obtain a minor in another discipline.

· A student may pursue an internship during their graduate studies (with approval from the advisor). Up to 3 credits (EGN 5949) from the internship can count towards the degree. The internship will be considered under the “other electives” category.

· A student may be able to transfer up to 9 credits from a previous degree with the approval of his/her advisor and per UF guidelines. These credits will count towards the category of electives unless the student can demonstrate that these transfer courses are equivalent to one or more of the core courses.

· UF also offers a variety of courses on written and spoken English1. Students are strongly encouraged to take one or more such classes to enhance their communication skills in English. These classes will not count towards the credit requirements of the graduate degree.

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed term project that earned a grade of B or better from any of the twelve Transportation Engineering courses listed in the coursework requirements. Projects from outside the curriculum will not be considered. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive in nature. Master of Engineering students are not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall

GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 GPA within the departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in: Transportation Engineering

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: The Ph.D. degree requires at least 90 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. A Ph.D. student does the major work in an academic unit specifically approved for offering doctoral courses and supervising dissertations. At least a B (3.00 truncated) is needed for courses included in the major (overall and major/departmental courses).

ADVISING: Students will arrange to meet with their committee chair/advisor to complete the Program Plan of Study (PPS) found on the ESSIE website under the forms area. The student will also be provided with information about the completion of the Individual Development Plan (IDP). The PPS is done one time unless changes are made. The IDP, which is found in Canvas, is done annually in conjunction with a scheduled advisement meeting with your Chair.

Program Plan of Study (PPS)

The PPS includes supervisory committee member approvals, course advisement, transfer credit requests, and optional minor and certificate request information. Your program plan is due by the mid-point of your third semester. If it is not received by that point, you will have a hold placed on your record and you will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms until the form is submitted by you to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu and processed by the ESSIE Graduate Academic Student Records staff.

Supervisory Committee Establishment and guidelines

Membership: The supervisory committee for a doctoral candidate comprises at least four members selected from the Graduate Faculty. At least two members, including the chair, must be from the academic unit recommending the degree. At least one member serves as an external member and should be from a different educational discipline, with no ties to the home academic unit. One regular member may be from the home academic unit or another unit. A co-chair may also be appointed.

Co-chair: To substitute for the chair of the committee at any examinations, the co-chair must be in the same academic unit as the candidate.

External member:

· Represents the interests of the Graduate School and UF

· Knows Graduate Council policies

· Serves as an advocate for the student at doctoral committee activities.

· If the academic unit’s committee activity conflicts with broader University policies or practices, the external member is responsible for bringing such conflicts to the attention of the appropriate governing body. Therefore, the external member is prohibited from holding any official interest in the doctoral candidate’s major academic unit. Faculty holding joint, affiliate, courtesy, or adjunct appointments in

the degree-granting academic unit cannot be external members on a student’s committee.

Minor member: The Graduate Faculty member who represents a minor on a student’s committee may be appointed as the external member if he/she does not have a courtesy graduate appointment in the student’s major academic unit.

Retired faculty: Graduate Faculty members who retire may continue their service on supervisory committees for 1 year. With approval of the academic unit, retired faculty may continue serving on existing or new committees beyond this period.

Special appointments: People without Graduate Faculty status may be made official members of a student’s supervisory committee through the special appointment process. Appropriate candidates for special appointments include

· Individuals from outside UF with specific expertise who contribute to a graduate student’s program of study

· Tenure-track faculty not yet qualified for Graduate Faculty status

· Non-tenure-track faculty or staff at UF who do not qualify for Graduate Faculty status

Limitations for special appointments:

· They do not hold Graduate Faculty appointments

· They have a special appointment that is specific only to an individual student’s committee

· They may not serve as a supervisory committee chair, co-chair, external member, or minor representative.

The student’s supervisory committee chair requests the special appointment, briefly explaining what the special appointment contributes to the supervisory committee. A special appointment is made for a specific supervisory committee. If a student changes to a new degree or major and the committee chair wishes to include the special member on the new supervisory committee, another request must be submitted to the Graduate School for the new committee.

Transfer of Credit

No more than 30 credits of a master’s degree will be transferred to a doctoral program. If a student holds a master’s degree in a discipline different from the doctoral program, the master’s work will not be counted in the program unless the academic unit petitions the Dean of the Graduate School. All courses beyond the master’s degree taken at another university to be applied to the Ph.D. degree must be taken at an institution offering the doctoral degree and must be approved for graduate credit by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. All courses to be transferred must be graduate-level, letter-graded with a grade of B or better and must be demonstrated to relate directly to the degree being sought. (NOTE: Research hours are not included because they are not letter-graded.) All such transfer requests must be made by petition of the supervisory committee no later than the third term of Ph.D. study. The total number of credits (including 30 for a prior master’s degree) that may be transferred cannot exceed 45, and in all cases the student must complete the qualifying examination at the

University of Florida. In addition, any prior graduate credits earned at UF (e.g., a master’s degree in the same or a different discipline) may be transferred into the doctoral program at the discretion of the supervisory committee and by petition to the Graduate School. The petition must show how the prior course work is relevant to the current degree. All master’s degrees counted in the minimum 90 credit hours must be earned in the last 7 years.

Minors

Minor work must be in an academic unit other than the major. If an academic unit contributes more than one course (as specified in the curriculum inventory and/or the Graduate Catalog) to the major, the student is not eligible to earn a minor from the contributing academic unit. A 3.00 (truncated) GPA is required for minor credit. To obtain a minor in another department area, the student will need approval from that department and to check on what the requirements are for that program. If a minor is chosen, the supervisory committee includes at least one Graduate Faculty member representing the student’s minor. If the student elects more than one minor, each minor area must be represented on the supervisory committee. Therefore, committees for students with two minors must have a minimum of five members.

Certificates

A list of available certificates is located on the Graduate School website. If a student is interested in a certificate, an application for admission for the certificate must be completed and submitted. It is best to do this prior to enrolling in the first course that should be counted toward the certificate. To obtain the certificate, an application must also be submitted to graduate with the certificate. This should be done during the semester when the last course is completed or thereafter.

Coursework Requirements

A total of 14 courses in transportation engineering are offered by the faculty members in transportation engineering. These classes are organized into three streams. The PhD pre-qualifying exam (discussed further in the section on QUALIFYING EXAM) generally includes one or more questions from each of the six faculty members on the courses they teach. The PhD students should seek to take at least one class from each of the three streams and classes from at least four of the transportation faculty members within the first year of their graduate studies so that they are prepared for the pre-qualifying exams. The courses must be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor and considering past classes taken (if any) at a previous graduate-degree program (see also section on Transfer of Credits). Upon completion of the pre-qualifying exam, the faculty may recommend students to take additional transportation classes to enhance their breadth of knowledge. Once the requirements of the pre-qualifying exam are satisfied, the students can complete the remaining coursework (credit requirements) by choosing courses from any department in UF to best suit their dissertation work. This overall program of work will be developed by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor.

If a student holds an assistantship, the student should be registered for 9 credit hours during the Fall and Spring and 6 credit hours during the summer to maintain the appointment. If the student registers for more than that, the student will have to pay out of pocket based on the student’s residency. Anything less than 9 credit hours is considered part-time in the Fall and Spring and anything less than 6 is considered part-time in the summer. Advanced Research (7979) is open to doctoral students not yet admitted to candidacy (classified as 7 and 8). Students enrolled in 7979 during the term they qualify for candidacy will stay in this registration unless the academic unit elects to change their enrollment to Research for Doctoral Dissertation (7980), which is reserved for doctoral students admitted to candidacy (classified as 9). During the student’s final term, the student must be registered for research hours (a minimum of 3 in the Fall and Spring and 2 in the summer). If the graduating student is on an appointment, the student must be registered full-time based on the appointment requirements.

QUALIFYING EXAMINATION: All Ph.D. students must take the qualifying examination. It may be taken during the third term of graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. The student must be registered in the term the qualifying examination is given. The examination, prepared and evaluated by the full supervisory committee or the major and minor academic units, is both written (sometimes referred to as a preliminary exam) and oral (sometimes referred to as the oral defense) and covers the major and minor subjects. In the Transportation Engineering program, the students are expected to take their written preliminary exam (also called the prequalifying exam) after completing two full semesters in the graduate program and the oral exam (also called proposal defense) much later (after making significant progress towards the dissertation).

Preliminary Exam (Pre-qualifying Exam): Pre-qualifying exams are administered every summer (typically in May, a couple of weeks after the end of the spring semester). The students are provided with one or more questions from each of the six faculty members covering the courses they teach. The students are expected to answer a total of four questions (one each from two of the streams and two from a third stream). This exam is typically open book / open notes and will be held over a period of 1 day. In addition, the student will also be required to submit a research paper on a topic provided by their advisor. The student must coordinate with the advisor to agree upon this research topic by early spring semester so that they have enough time to work on it. If a student’s performance in the written exam / paper was not satisfactory, the faculty members may choose to have an oral follow up exam. If the oral exam was not satisfactory either, the student is considered to have failed (Under exceptional circumstances the faculty members may recommend a re-exam to be taken later in summer or in early Fall). The faculty members (and advisor in particular) will discuss with the student why a PhD at UF is not the right fit for them and develop a plan of action for the student’s graduation with a master’s degree. If the student passes the exam overall, they can then proceed to start working on their dissertation. Passing the preliminary exam does not advance the student to candidacy.

Oral Exam (Proposal Defense) and Advancement to Candidacy: Once the student has made adequate progress towards his/her dissertation, the student in consultation with the advisor will schedule the oral exam (1.5 – 2 hours in duration) or the proposal defense. This exam is evaluated by the full supervisory committee or the major and minor academic units. The student should provide the entire supervisory committee a written proposal at least two weeks in advance of this exam. This document should be complete, formatted per university guidelines, and edited for spelling, grammar etc. The student will present his/her work to the committee and answer questions from the members. Except for allowed substitutions, all members of the supervisory committee must attend the oral part. The student and chair or co-chair must be in the same physical location. With approval of the entire committee, other committee members may attend remotely using modern technology. At this time the supervisory committee is responsible for deciding whether the student is qualified to continue work toward a Ph.D. degree. If the student passes, he/she advanced to candidacy. If a student fails the qualifying examination, the Graduate School should be notified. A re-examination may

be requested, but it must be recommended by the supervisory committee. At least one term of additional preparation is needed before re-examination.

*Time lapse: Between the oral part of the qualifying examination (proposal defense) and the date of the degree there must be at least 2 semester terms. The term the qualifying examination is passed is counted, if the examination occurs before the midpoint of the term.

ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY: A student is admitted to candidacy upon completion of the qualifying exam when all committee members have approved the candidacy form and approved the dissertation topic.

FINAL TERM REQUIREMENTS: A student about to graduate should check the Graduate School website for deadlines and final term requirements. This would include the Editorial Office’s guidelines as well.

o Apply for the degree/certificate (found on the Office of the University Registrar website or in ONE.UF)

o Transmittal Letter (Request from the ESSIE Graduate Records staff.) This is submitted by the student’s chair to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing.

o First Submission

o Final Exam (Packet found on the ESSIE website under the forms area.) This is submitted by the student’s chair to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing.

o Final Submission

o Degree Certification and Final Clearance

The students are strongly encouraged to schedule a defense date early in the graduating semester. The student should provide the committee with a draft of the dissertation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled defense date. This document should be complete, formatted per university guidelines, and edited for spelling, grammar etc.