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Graduate Program

Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Examination Guidelines

ME Ph.D. Qualifying Examination List of Topics


Ph.D. Course Requirements

“Earning a Ph.D. in engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s doctoral program will normally require several academic semesters of study beyond the student’s BS degree in engineering. The diverse and multidisciplinary nature of most engineering doctoral topics requires that considerable flexibility be allowed in tailoring the doctoral program course of study, consistent with the goals of the topic under study and the unique interests and capabilities of each student.

“Students admitted on or after Fall 2012 are encouraged to take 42 hours of course work beyond the B.S. degree to obtain a Ph.D degree. Of these 42 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included. If a student already has an M.S. degree, then up to 24 hours of course work can be transferred towards the Ph. D. degree.”


Major Steps in Ph.D. Program

► When you first arrive:

1. Read the Graduate Bulletin.
2. Visit with the Graduate Coordinator.
3. Meet with your Major Professor.
4. Obtain a copy of the Guidelines for Preparing Dissertations and Theses from the Graduate School.
5. Read the ASME Practical Guide for Authors and Presenters. 

► During your 1st semester:

1. Work with your Major Professor to plan your program of study.
2. Students who have entered the ME Ph.D. program are required to take the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination within their first 24 months of graduate course work. The Ph. D. Qualifying Examination will be administered once every year during the Spring semester. The exact timing and venue of the exam will be adjusted according to faculty and student schedules.
3. Establish a Graduate Committee with the advice of your Major Professor.
4. Work with the Chairman of the ME Department Graduate Committee to arrange for your qualifying examination.

► During your 2nd semester:

1. Register your program of study with the ME office.
2. Register your Graduate Committee with the ME office.
3. Plan how you will meet your residency requirements.

► During your last semester of course work:

1. Work with your Major Professor to verify that your program of study and Graduate Committee are current and complete. Give any changes to the ME office.
2. Be sure that the residency requirement has been met.

► After your last semester of course work:

1. Schedule your Preliminary Examination.
2. After completing your Preliminary Examination, see the ME office to submit admission to candidacy form for the Ph.D. Degree to the Graduate School.

► During your last semester:

1. Apply for your degree and register for graduation.
2. Schedule your final oral examination before the Graduate School deadline.
3. Submit a reader’s copy of your dissertation to your Graduate Committee at least two weeks prior to the date for the final examination.
4. Upon completion of the final exam, submit your dissertation to the Graduate School for final approval.