Admitted Graduate Student Procedures

All newly admitted graduate students must meet with their graduate program director associated with their major prior to the enrollment in their first class in their first semester. Enrolled students must choose an advisor during their first semester in the program. Continued contact (at least once per semester) with the advisor is required to review progress and select courses for each succeeding semester. (Source: Graduate Catalog for the college). See the section below for a full list of graduate program directors for each department or school.

If you are a non-Ph.D. student or a Master’s student with a non-thesis track, please reach out to your graduate program director to discuss your study plan.

To remain in good academic standing, graduate students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0. (Source: Policy on Graduate Academic Standing). All graduate students must take a minimum of one (l) credit hour per term to maintain active status in the program. For full-time status, the University requires nine (9) credit hours of graduate enrollment for Fall and Spring and six (6) credit hours for Summer. Once a doctoral student has advanced to candidacy, three (3) dissertation credits is considered full-time enrollment, except for the purposes of graduate assistantships. Similarly, Master’s students who have completed their coursework and have an approved proposal may be considered full-time with enrollment in one (1) thesis credit (Source: Policy on Active and Full Time Status).

Graduate Program Directors

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Jorge Riera Diaz
Biomedical Engineering (MS and PhD)
EC 2678
Tel: 305-348-4948
Fax: 305-348-6954

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kingsley Lau
Civil Engineering (MS and PhD)
Environmental Engineering (MS)
Information Technology in Civil Engineering (CERT)
EC 3607
Tel: 305-348-2824
Fax. 305-348-2802

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nezih Pala
Electrical & Computer Engineering (PhD only)
EC 3975
Tel: 305-348-3016
Fax 305-348-3707

Kang Yen
Electrical Engineering (MS only)
Computer Engineering (MS only)
Electric Power Engineering and Management (CERT)
EC 3982
Tel: 305-348-3707
Fax 305-348-3707

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Bilal El-Zahab, GPD
Materials Science and Engineering (MS and PhD)
Mechanical Engineering (MS, PhD and CERT)
EC 3446
Tel: 305-348-3558
Fax: 305-348-1932

Zhe Cheng, Co-GPD
Materials Science and Engineering (MS and PhD)
Mechanical Engineering (MS, PhD and CERT)
EC 3441
Tel: 305-348-1973
Fax: 305-348-1932

Enterprise and Logistics Engineering

Chin-Sheng Chen
Engineering Management (MS and CERT)
Logistics Engineering (MS) Enterprise Systems (CERT)
EC 3123
Tel: 305-348-3753
Fax: 305-348-3721

Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability

Nipesh Pradhananga
Construction Management (MS)
Construction Engineering and Management (CERT)
EC 2983
Tel: 305-348-0224
Fax: 305-348-6255

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Jason Liu
Computer Science (MS and PhD)
Cybersecurity (MS)
Data Science (MS)
Information Technology (MS)
Telecommunications and Networking (MS)
CASE 363
Tel: 305-348-1625
Fax: 305-348-3549


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