Philosophy Doctor in Civil Engineering

The program requires a minimum of 60 credits after their bachelor education. The student must complete successfully an exam that include written and oral components in the specialization area in Civil Engineering, and approve the final exam application when completed the credits number, excluding the corresponding theses, including a written and oral component.
  • The credits approved previous to the admission to doctoral program may be accredited by recommendation of the Graduate Committee Departmental, but the students must always need to fulfill the requirements of residence (see inciso G.7.b). The thesis credits or inform of project to Master’s levels cannot be accredited.


  • Approve the comprehensive exam (preliminary), which addresses topics covered in the courses taken during the doctoral program. The comprehensive exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written part is about the topic approved in the doctoral programs. The oral part is a defense of the doctoral proposal. The comprehensive exam will be offered after the student approves all courses required for the doctorate.


  • Approve a qualifying exam offered according to the standards established by the department. In case of failures, the exam can be repeated once more.


  • Conduct an independent investigation that represents a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of specialization and prepare a dissertation.


  • Having a dissertation proposal approved.


  • Approve the oral exam of the dissertation defense.


  • Give a copy of the thesis to the Office of Graduate Studies. After defending the thesis and making corrections, bring the thesis in electronic format, pdf.  The complete thesis is not required in paper, but two originals of the first page are required signed and the summaries in English and Spanish.


  • Approve the minimum of credits specified by the Doctoral Program. These are summarized as follows:
    • Up to nine credits of advanced undergraduate level.
    • Up to eighteen credits of thesis.
    • A minimum of nine credits outside of specialization, but in related areas.