Degree requirements

A minimum of ninety semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree must be earned in the Ph.D. program. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses ME 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. In addition, at least half of all course work credit exclusive of dissertation credits must be earned in the Mechanical Engineering Department. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Aca­demic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively. A list of approved courses in each of the three thrust areas can be found in the Curriculum Map of the ME Graduate Programs listed on the Department home page.

Note that ME 5700 - Fundamentals of Mechanics is a core course for all Ph.D. students majoring in the "Advanced Materials and Manufacturing" thrust area.

Requirements for all Ph.D. Students

1. Preliminary Qualifying Examination: This is a three-part written examination administered twice per year by the ME Graduate Program Committee during the third week of both September and January. All Ph.D. applicants must pass this examination within their first year after joining the Ph.D. program. Students must fill out the "PQE Registration Form" that can be downloaded from the ME website and submit it to the ME Graduate Program Director or at the ME front desk no later than one week prior to the exam date.

2. Final Qualifying Examination: This examination consists of written and oral parts covering the student's major and minor areas and other related fields. The student is expected to take this examination before registering for ME 9991.

3. An approved Plan of Work should be filed with the Office for Graduate Studies. see Ph.D. Plan of Work.

4. A Doctoral Dissertation Outline, approved by all members of the Doctoral Committee and the Departmental Graduate Program Committee should be filed by the student immediately after completing the oral part of the Final Qualifying Examination.

5. The Conflict of Interest form must  be turned in twice, once with the Prospectus and again with the pre-defense paperwork (Final Report Form).

6. The Safe Assign form must be turned in three weeks prior to the Dissertation Defense.

Year 1
Milestones: Identify Advisor & File Plan of Work

Fall / Winter / Spring
10cr/ 10cr / 2cr
Core and Elective Courses
Mandatory RCR Course
Confirm Faculty Advisor
File Plan of Work
Qualification Exams
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

 

Year 2
Milestones: Prospectus and Candidacy

Fall / Winter / Spring
10cr/ 10cr / 2cr
Core and Elective Courses
Form Dissertation Committee
Prospectus and Candidacy
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

 

Year 3
Milestones: Present at Conference and Publish in Academic Journal

Fall / Winter / Spring
10.5cr / 10.5cr / 2cr
9991/9992
Dissertation Committee Meeting
Present at Conference
Publish in Journal
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

 

Year 4
Milestone: Dissertation Defense

Fall / Winter / Spring
10.5cr / 10.5cr / 2cr
9993/9994
Register for Dissertation Defense Dissertation Defense
Submission of Dissertation
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan