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Ph.D. Curriculum & Courses

Coursework Requirements

Students enrolled after May 31, 2014 should also consult the Ph.D. Graduate Handbook Supplement.

In order to obtain the Ph.D. degree, you need to satisfy the Graduate Seminar requirements as well as the academic regulations mentioned above, and:

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) is a graduate degree requiring a minimum of three years of graduate study beyond the undergraduate degree. It is awarded to students who have completed a program of graduate courses, a final examination, and a dissertation.

The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of graduate work, exclusive of the dissertation. No more than 30 semester credit hours of an earned Master's degree from another institution may be transferred. A student will be required to take two math courses and two other courses from the courses listed below. The remaining 18 hours may consist of ME 7000 or additional graduate courses.

The balance of the graduate courses required for a degree program may be selected from mathematics, science, and engineering with the approval of the Faculty Advisor and Advisory Committee. All courses must carry graduate credit. Students should obtain the approval of the offering department when taking courses outside of Mechanical Engineering to be sure that they have the appropriate prerequisites. All students are required to submit a degree plan during their first semester. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program are required to complete two math courses and two core courses from two different groups, totaling 4 courses, listed below. However, with the approval of his/her advisory committee, core course requirements can be exempted.

  1. Course 1
  2. Course 2
  3. Course 3
  4. Course 4
  5. Course 5
  6. Course 6

Further details about the various requirements for completing the Ph. D. degree are available in the ME Graduate Student Handbook. Rules for students enrolled after May 31, 2014 are described in the Ph.D. Graduate Handbook Supplement.

Filing an Official Degree Program

All Ph.D. students must submit the degree program form to the Graduate School before the second semester of enrollment (this will be enforced by placing a hold on students records). Complete the form using Microsoft Word, print it out, sign, obtain the signature of your Ph.D. Advisor, and bring your Degree Plan to the Graduate Advisor's Office.

Once this form is approved by the student’s Faculty Advisor, the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate School, the courses listed on this form become the Official Degree Program for the student, and deviations can only be made when properly justified. Students are therefore urged to work closely with their Faculty Advisor when submitting this form. Please note that the department is not required to accept any courses taken after the initial semester of attendance unless they have been previously approved as part of the Official Degree Program.

Graduate Seminar

One hour of graduate seminar (ME 5120) is required for all students. Students register for this course in their first full−time graduate semester, but must attend seminars throughout their entire academic career, until completion of the requirement. Students must attend at total of 10 presentations scheduled during their degree program. This may include any of the Department of Mechanical Engineering seminars, as well as any external seminars approved by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Advisor.

You may find a seminar yourself and bring an abstract to the Advising Office in advance for approval. In either case, a feedback sheet must be picked up from the Advising Office before attending any external seminars and it must be turned in to the Advising Office as soon as possible afterwards.

Journal Publication Requirement

The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires, as part of its Ph.D. degree requirements, that all its Ph.D. degree candidates have at least one technical paper submitted to an archival journal relevant to the candidate's field of expertise prior to the defense of their Ph.D. thesis. The individual faculty advisors reserve the right regarding journal publication requirement beyond one paper submitted.

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