There is an ongoing effort at Tulane to develop Ph.D. programs that are structured to span two or more departments or two or more schools within the University. Recently a joint Ph.D. program in Aging Studies was established with the School of Medicine. The program illustrates how collaborative research efforts between schools can develop into formal degree programs.
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. through the School of Science and Engineering allows students to develop their own course of study, tailored to their specific interests. The course of study must meet the basic requirements of a Ph.D. in SSE and be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Note:Students who are interested in interdisciplinary topics that primarily are not in engineering or the sciences should consult the interdisciplinary graduate programs of other schools, such as the School of Liberal Arts.
The following provisions are made for the development, approval, and supervision of Special Interdisciplinary programs leading to the doctoral degree. A Special Interdisciplinary Program is a formal ad hoc interdepartmental program leading toward the Ph.D. It will consist of work taken in two or more departments, one of which has a doctoral program. Although the specific requirements for each ad hoc program will differ, the formal requirements for such a program are: one-year residence, a minimum of 48 semester hours of course work (including up to 24 semester hours transfer credit), a general (preliminary or qualifying) examination, a prospectus, a dissertation, and the final examination.
For such a program to be feasible, there must be at least one member of the Graduate Faculty who is a specialist in the interdisciplinary area of the student's interest and a sufficient number of faculty in at least two departments who are prepared to supervise work in it. To determine feasibility, an eligible student should consult with the appropriate faculty before making a formal application.
To be eligible for such a program, a student must have a B.S. degree with a major in one of the departmental disciplines which will be a major constituent of the proposed program; or have completed at least one semester of full-time graduate work in such a discipline and be in good standing either at Tulane or at another graduate institution; or have a Master of Science degree in such a discipline from another graduate institution.
Formal application to such a program depends upon the applicant's Tulane resident status such that:
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