Graduate Program in Acoustics


Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Doctoral Student Graduate

In this photo from left to right : Vic Sparrow (Professor of Acoustics and Interim Chair), Cameron Reagor(Ph.D.) and William Mark (Professor Emeritus of Acoustics)


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is conferred in recognition of high attainment and productive scholarship. Admission to the Ph.D. program is a two-step process. First, the candidate must apply to the Admissions Committee for admission as a Ph.D. student. Admission will permit the student to begin working toward a doctor's degree. However, the student is not a doctoral candidate until he or she has passed a candidacy examination and been admitted to Candidacy.

Admission to Candidacy will be based on:

  • The academic record of the student.
  • The results of a candidacy examination.
  • The opinion of the Graduate Faculty of the Program and the Program Chair regarding his or her overall fitness for Candidacy.

Penn State's Graduate School allows eight years from successful completion of the candidacy exam for completion of a doctoral degree. The Acoustics Program anticipates a student will complete the doctoral degree in approximately five years. Time to degree completion may vary more or less by one or two semesters based on the dissertation project.