Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is an advanced research-based degree. The results of the research done are summarized in a doctoral dissertation. The research completed in this degree is expected to be original and innovative. Students completing this degree are well prepared to work in a research-oriented position, such as those at national laboratories, industries, or universities. The program requires a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and normally takes 3 to 5 years to complete.
Graduate Admissions Requirements
The minimum requirements to enter any of the graduate programs in mechanical engineering are:
- An undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an ABET-accredited U.S. program, this does not include technical degrees; and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- The GRE General Exam is recommended but not required for students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. ABET-accredited program. The GRE General Exam is required for all other applicants. Minimum scores required: Verbal 151, Quantitative 153, Analytical Writing 4.0.
- The TOEFL (minimum score: internet based 79, paper based 550), or an equivalent test, is required for all students whose primary language is not English.
- All applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page Statement of Career Objectives and a 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
If you are interested in applying for graduate admission, go to the Graduate Admissions website for additional information.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and have any questions about the requirements listed above, please contact Molly Steiner by phone at 208-885-4279 or via email.
Applicants to any of the graduate programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department's graduate committee. Some applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than mechanical engineering may be required to complete certain undergraduate deficiency courses before they will be allowed to take graduate level courses.