Off Campus PhD

Clarkson University’s Off Campus PhD program assists qualified, non-resident candidates to matriculate at Clarkson as doctoral degree candidates in the following disciplines.

  • Bioscience & Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


More about Clarkson’s Off Campus PhD Program:

PhD research directly aligns with research needs of the student’s employer.

Students work closely with a research advisor from Clarkson and a co-advisor from the student’s employer. This off-campus co-advisor is expected to be a member of the dissertation committee. The relationship between the students’ employing organization and Clarkson University must conform to Clarkson’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

The normal PhD requirements for the student’s department must be met. As with other PhD students, up to 30 credits with a grade of B or better can be transferred and used to meet the 90 credit hour degree requirements. There is a maximum of 9 credits of coursework offered through distance learning. It is conducted through direct contact and quality distance learning. The department will specify the period of time the student spends on campus (at the department) and the number of visits (each semester).

Students must have access to a reliable broadband connection, current operating system, headset, video player.

It is generally expected that the part-time off-campus students will pay full tuition. Any request for a tuition waiver for off-campus students must be approved by the Dean.