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Graduate Degrees, Programs, Licensure, and Credit

Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy/Ph.D.

Biomedical Sciences

The university's first academic doctoral program, leading to a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, began in the fall of 1979. Cooperatively offered by the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Medicine, this program is interdisciplinary, innovative, and staffed by more than 70 faculty from numerous departments across the campus.

The first year of the curriculum consists of an interdisciplinary core, laboratory rotations, and seminars, followed by a second year of advanced courses in preparation for dissertation research. Upon successful completion of the candidacy examination, students pursue dissertation research under the guidance of an advisor and supervisory committee. The program provides an integrated background in physical, chemical, and biological disciplines and an in-depth experience in research. Graduates are expected to be sufficiently flexible to participate in solving a broad range of complex biomedical problems.

Computer Science and Engineering

The graduate program of study leading to a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering is offered by the Computer Science and Engineering faculty with support from the faculty of the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, particularly the departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. The program requires a concentration of study in specific areas of computer science and engineering. Programmatic strength lies in the unique blend of faculty expertise, in the combination of theory with software and hardware design, and in the laboratory facilities available to the program. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon to allow practicing computer professionals to begin the program on a part-time basis.

A student may be admitted to the Ph.D. program in computer science and engineering with a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related areas and appropriate experience, satisfaction of the admission requirements as set forth by the School of Graduate Studies, and a record that indicates potential for a career in computer science and engineering research.

A student should come to the program with a knowledge of high-level programming languages, data structures, real-time programming, computer organization, formal languages, operating systems, and computer systems design; however, it may be possible to make up minor deficiencies after admission to the program by taking appropriate courses.


Interested in doing doctoral research in engineering that is geared specifically to solving real-world problems? If so, Wright State's College of Engineering and Computer Science has a very special Ph.D. program for you-one that crosses traditional boundaries of engineering and includes the resources of several universities and research facilities.

This interdisciplinary program is special for a couple of reasons. First, it includes a core curriculum that spans the commonality of various engineering fields including electrical, mechanical, materials, biomedical, and human factors engineering. The program also provides for specialization in a particular engineering major, and significant research in one of six focus areas where both regional demand and collaborative resources are available.

Second, the Ph.D. in engineering is special because it is a collaborative program that exploits the strengths and resources of five major regional institutions. In addition to Wright State University, classes and research can be conducted using the faculty and facilities at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), the University of Dayton (UD), the University of Cincinnati (UC), and The Ohio State University (OSU). In fact, classes taken by WSU Ph.D. in engineering students at AFIT and UD are treated seamlessly as residence courses at WSU. Classes at UC and OSU are readily transferable.

The Ph.D. in engineering incorporates (1) an interdisciplinary core curriculum that spans the commonality of the various engineering fields involved, (2) both major and breadth course specialization areas, and (3) significant research in one of six focus areas. In addition, the program provides for substantial collaboration with several graduate engineering programs at five different institutions. The educational experience afforded by the Ph.D. in engineering program provides a foundation for research and development careers in industry, government, and academia.

Environmental Sciences

As the needs of society become more complex, so do the conflicts between growth and the environment. Wright State University's Ph.D. program in environmental sciences is the only one in Ohio and one of just a few in the country that equips scientists with the multifaceted skills and knowledge to solve today's environmental problems. Offered through Wright State's Institute for Environmental Quality, the program draws on the expertise and perspectives of faculty representing a range of disciplines in biology, chemistry, and geology.

The program focuses on three key environmental areas confronting business, industry, and government today: environmental chemistry and toxicology, environmental stressors, and environmental geophysics. Scientists trained through this program will be sought after by governmental agencies, industry, consulting firms, and academia to research and address complex environmental issues such as surface and groundwater quality management, preservation of aquatic and wildlife diversity, habitat restoration, chemical and physical contamination of watersheds, food chain contamination, and exposure to hazardous materials.

Students are asked to master a series of courses, and participate in seminars and laboratory rotation(s). These serve as an interdisciplinary base for the successful completion of dissertation research. Most courses are offered late in the day or in the evening to allow working professionals to begin the program on a part-time basis. The institution awards the degree when the student satisfactorily completes the required work. For more information, call us at (937) 775-2201, or visit our Web site at www.wright.edu/academics/ieq/phd.htm.


The Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology is focused on the study of human factors and industrial/organizational psychology. It provides students with a unique background for approaching research, design, and evaluation of human systems or organizations. Human factors is primarily concerned with interfaces between machines (including computers) and people or with the design of specific tasks. Industrial/organizational psychology emphasizes social and motivational processes, and looks for ways to modify the set of people who interact in and with a system by selecting people who fit an environment, by training, or by designing organizational structures to motivate performance. Each student majors in either human factors or industrial/organizational psychology and minors in the other one. Students also get practical experience with applied problems, including design, evaluation, and field research. Students are expected to complete dissertation research that is innovative and leads to original results that are theoretically interesting and practically significant.

Learning with Disability (LWD)
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
(IGERT) Fellowships

Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) award, the Learning with Disability Ph.D. Program can offer IGERT fellowships to qualified applicants in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, or Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. programs. Each fellowship offers an annual stipend, plus payment of tuition and fees. To apply, and for more information, please visit http://www.wright.edu/lwd/application.html.

In order to be considered for an IGERT fellowship, the applicant must be admitted to one of the four Ph.D. programs listed above. When applying for admission, the student should indicate an interest in an IGERT fellowship and fill out the appropriate IGERT application forms.

Professional Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctor of Medicine/M.D.

The School of Medicine educates physicians, placing emphasis on primary care, and awards the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Within the context of preparing physicians to meet the needs of patients and society, the school conducts research, encourages the generation of new knowledge, and maintains continuing and graduate medical education programs.

Affiliated with 28 hospitals and health care facilities in the Dayton-Miami Valley region, the school features a four-year interdisciplinary curriculum with instruction in 26 departments and programs. Integrated or affiliated graduate medical education (residency) programs are conducted in the following disciplines: aerospace medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and transitional.

Doctor of Psychology/Psy.D.

The School of Professional Psychology educates professional psychologists, offering a four- or five-year postbaccalaureate program leading to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. Students may enter the program with either a bachelor's or master's degree, and provisions are available for transfer of some graduate credit.

The school was among the first doctoral programs in the country to open a practitioner model of training in which the primary emphasis in training is on application of psychology rather than on research. The program accepted its first students in 1978, and has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The primary goal of the program is to train students broadly as general practitioners to allow students to prepare for an initial focus in a number of established and emerging areas of practice. Students receive training in each of the following areas: Intervention/psychotherapy, relationship skills, psychological assessment, research/evaluation/basic science, consultation/education, and management/supervision.

The program is dedicated to recognizing and infusing diversity throughout its curriculum. The interest in diversity is reflected in the student body, about half of whom are minorities and international students. Faculty and staff respect and reflect diversity.

The school maintains two training clinics-the university's counseling service and the Ellis Institute for Human Development, which is a training, service, and research center located near downtown Dayton. Each student is assigned for at least one year of practicum training to one of these sites. In addition, the program has contracts with a large number of community human service agencies that provide off-campus practicum training.

Extensive financial aid is available to students in the form of tuition waivers and stipends. Information about the program and materials for admission can be obtained from the school's admissions office at 117 Health Sciences Building, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001, or by visiting our Web site at www.wright.edu/sopp/. The telephone number is (937) 775-3492.

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