The doctorate requires 48 credit hours of coursework past the bachelor’s degree, a comprehensive qualifying exam and a dissertation. Students with a master’s degree will receive credit for 24 hours of course work. The dissertation will document original research that makes a significant contribution to the profession. Doctoral students must spend two consecutive semesters, possibly including a summer, in residence as full-time students engaged in coursework.


  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of approved course work that satisfy all other course requirements for the degree.  Up to 24 semester hours of course work earned for the master’s degree may be incorporated within the total Ph.D. course work requirement.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours of approved course work in mechanical engineering, of which 9 hours may be in approved closely related supporting fields.
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours in any minor technical area included in the student’s program of study.
  • Qualifying examination covering graduate course work.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours of dissertation research (ME 699) and an approved dissertation.

For additional information about mechanical engineering graduate programs, contact Dr. Steve Shepard.

Research Areas Associated with this Degree Program