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PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Overview

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).

Innovative Curriculum

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.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research, including cooperative education and internships, to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Students also have the option to participate in an internship or the university’s Experiential PhD program.

Academic Advising

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.

Recent News

MIE PhD Candidate Criss Zhang co-hosted the 2020 AtC-AtG International Magnetics Conference

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.

Faust Received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Research

Mechanical Engineering student Jessica Faust, PhD’20, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Research.

Jin Wins Best Paper Award at MSEC 2019

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.

COE PhD Research Expo Winners

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.