The PhD degree provides an opportunity for you to pursue a program of research in a specialized area and to develop a dissertation that embodies the results of original research and gives evidence of high level independent scholarship.
The purpose of the PhD degree program is to allow you to gain the knowledge and research skills to contribute to a company or university in a research setting.
Our faculty is actively engaged in research programs sponsored by industry, federal and state agencies. Moreover, they have active research programs within the department and in collaboration with colleagues in other departments at the University at Buffalo, as well as with many external collaborators.
The four cutting-edge themes of our department are:
While PhD students typically pursue degree options within one of the above technical areas, graduate study and research programs, by nature, are designed to allow for flexibility to meet your interest. As a PhD student, along with your advisor, responsible for developing the program of study that fits the your needs and career goals.