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Program at a Glance

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical & Aerospace Engr
U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools Mechanical Engineering Badge

The Mechanical Engineering PhD program prepares students with an in-depth study and emphasis on research in Mechanical Systems or Thermofluids.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering is intended for students with a master's or a bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering, or a closely related discipline. The doctoral program is intended to allow students to study in-depth, with an emphasis on research in Mechanical Systems or Thermofluids.

The Mechanical Engineering PhD program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree. This program requires 15 dissertation credit hours minimum and may include up to a total of 12 credit hours combined of directed (XXX 6918) or doctoral research (XXX 7919) and/or of independent study (6908) with an approved Program of Study. At least 39 hours of the program of study must consist of formal coursework, exclusive of directed research (XXX 6918), doctoral research (XXX 7919) and independent study (XXX 6908). The rest of the hours can be chosen by the student in consultation with the adviser and the dissertation committee and with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Details about this program are located in the Mechanical Engineering PhD Handbook.

Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree 42 Credit hours minimum beyond the master's degree.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please view the licensure disclosure for the Mechanical Engineering PhD program.

Application Deadlines

December 1
July 1
July 1
January 15

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