The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and research competence in the fields of mechanical engineering. To earn a PhD, a student must complete an approved, rigorous program of advanced course work and submit and defend an original dissertation of independent research. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) expects all successful doctoral candidates to show depth of knowledge and research innovation in their chosen field of specialization.
The MIE department admits applicants to the PhD program either directly after earning a suitable bachelor’s degree (i.e., direct entry) or after earning a suitable master’s degree (i.e., advanced entry).
All course work must have the approval of the academic advisor. All PhD students must first pass the Doctoral Qualifying Examinations before being admitted to Doctoral Candidacy.
The PhD programs’ student learning outcomes are:
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
- Ability to formulate a research plan.
- Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
- Ability to conduct independent research.
The Academic Advisors in the Graduate Student Services office can help answer many of your questions and assist with various concerns regarding your program and student record. Use the link below to also determine which questions can be answered by your Faculty Program Advisors and OGS Advisors.
Admissions & Aid
Ready to take the next step? Review degree requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to fund your education. Finally, review admissions information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.
MIE PhD Candidate Criss (Xiaoyu) Zhang served on the Program Committee and helped run the 2020 Around-the-Clock Around-the-Globe (AtC-AtG) Magnetics Conference, a brand-new virtual international conference powered by the IEEE Magnetics Society.
Mechanical Engineering student Jessica Faust, PhD’20, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Research.
MIE Assistant Professor Xiaoning “Sarah” Jin and PhD student Anqi He’21 received the Best Paper Award (1st Place) at the ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) 2019.
Congratulations to Miead Tehrani-Moayyed, Souroush Kamrava, and Chi Qiao for winning the COE PhD Research Expo poster competition held during this year’s National Engineers Week.