Approved by Faculty: November 19, 1993
September 2006 Adoption
Updated by Faculty: August 2010, March 2011, May 2015
These guidelines complement the "Specific Degree Requirements--Doctor of Philosophy" as set forth in the Bulletin of the Mississippi State University Graduate School . Specific policies of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the various requirements of the Ph. D. program are as stated below. These requirements are discussed in chronological order.
|Fluid Mechanics||EM 3313|
|Heat Transfer||ME 3313|
|Thermodynamics||ME 3513, ME 3523|
|Dynamics - Vibrations||ME 3613, ME 4643|
|Machine Design||ME 4403|
|Solid Mechanics - Strength of Materials||EM 3213|
|Materials Engineering||ME 3403|
|Applied Mathematics||ME 3113, Calc., Lin. Alg., Diff. Eqn.|
The preliminary examination for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree consists of an oral examination that will be taken upon completion of course work and when the student's committee has approved the dissertation topic. The oral preliminary examination will also constitute the formal approval of the dissertation research proposal. A five to ten page synopsis of the research proposal must be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering faculty two weeks before the examination takes place.
The examining committee shall act as a “graduate committee of the whole” and will consist of the following persons:
At the conclusion of the oral examination, each member of the examining committee will have the opportunity to discuss the student's suitability for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. After this discussion, a vote shall be taken by a show of hands, with each member of the examining committee having a vote. To pass the preliminary examination, the student must receive a favorable vote of two-thirds or greater of the examining committee members present and voting.
The final examination will be oral. The examining committee shall be composed of the student's committee and a representative of the Graduate School.
The examination will consist of an open and closed portion. During the open portion, the dissertation research results will be presented by the student in a fifty (50) minute seminar at which attendance will be unrestricted. Questions from the audience will be in order. Upon completion of the open question period, the examining committee will go into closed session with the student for further questions and discussion.
After both the open and closed sessions are completed, a vote will be taken with each member of the examining committee having a vote. In order to pass, the student must receive no more than one dissenting vote.