Texas Tech University

Doctor of Philosophy Program

doctor of philosophy program

Welcome to the Ph.D. program webpage of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. The program overview, admissions information, and general rules guiding our Ph.D. program are provided in the sections below. You will find the required ME forms, contact information, and detailed policies in the Graduate Program Resource sections displayed on the right. To browse our faculty profiles and read about the projects, use the Research tab on the left hand side.

NOTE: The graduate handbook is now up to date and has answers to all program questions 

Program Overview

The TTU Ph.D. Program in Mechanical Engineering addresses the growing demand for highly skilled professionals capable of solving important technological problems and eagerness to take leadership roles in academia, industry, and governmental agencies. Our Ph.D. students acquire fundamental skills through well-devised coursework, and under the mentorship of their Ph.D. advisors, perform innovative investigations on metallic glasses, soft matter, smart materials, renewable energy, unmanned autonomous systems, microfluidic biosensors, healthcare-related problems, and others. Through their multidisciplinary research students develop expertise in mechanical engineering sciences and learn how to combine it with the necessary scholarship in other areas such as physics, biology, chemical engineering, and materials science. This immersion in the cutting-edge science helps students meet the requirements of the current economic environment and become successful mechanical engineering professionals in the fast-changing 21st century marketplace.


Students should apply through the Texas Tech Graduate School Admissions portal (see the Graduate School Application Page under Admissions Tab on the right). We especially encourage students interested in interdisciplinary research (follow the research link on the left), to apply. We will consider applicants with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering as well as in other fields of engineering and science, including chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics. Admitted applicants that already have a master's degree typically have their coursework load reduced since some of their courses can be transferred to the ME Ph.D. Program at TTU.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires from prospective students GRE scores and three letters of recommendation, in addition to satisfying the Graduate School requirements. More information about the admission process can be found by following links provided in the Research section.

Department of Mechanical Engineering