Graduate Studies


Expectations and Responsibilities

PhD Students

This page outlines the principles governing graduate education in Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester. 

PhD Degree Requirements

The degree Doctor of Philosophy requires 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and at least one academic year of full-time study in residence. 

Goal of Graduate Education

The primary goal of graduate education at the University of Rochester is to prepare promising students for outstanding scholarly and professional achievement, by educating them in the skills of a discipline and in the intellectual and ethical foundations of research, instilling in each student the capacity for independent critical judgment, and inspiring students to use their knowledge and training for the betterment of society.

Graduate Student Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures governing graduate students at the University of Rochester can be found in the Graduate Bulletin. Additional policies for graduate students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) can be found on the AS&E Graduate Studies website. Students should discuss departmental or program-specific policies with their program Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). Students should be aware of and comply with all university, AS&E and departmental policies governing their program.

PhD Student Expectations

As with most worthwhile endeavors, success in graduate study cannot be guaranteed and often depends on the mutual efforts of faculty and student to work diligently and form a productive professional relationship. Graduate students may reasonably expect the following, related to their research, their teaching and their general program support. The exact way in which these goals may be met can vary, depending on the program and the department.

Research, Teaching, and Training

Community and Administrative

PhD Student Responsibilities

PhD students are responsible for working towards completion of their degree programs in a timely manner. In addition to gaining expertise in a particular field of study, PhD students are expected to expand the knowledge of that disciplinary field by discovering and pursuing a unique topic of scholarly research, resulting in the PhD dissertation. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure continued progress of his or her academic program and thesis research. Students have a responsibility for the following aspects of their program.

Research, Teaching, and Training

Community and Administrative