Requirements for the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering
In the Ph.D. program, you work closely with a thesis advisor to determine your course of study and dissertation topic. Near the end of your first year of coursework, you must pass a qualifying examination to demonstrate mastery of a wide range of topics in mechanical engineering.
Next, you establish a dissertation committee to aid your progress. You are required to take a comprehensive examination, during which you are examined on both your completed work and your proposed work towards completing your dissertation. Finally, during the Ph.D. defense, after all other requirements are met, you are examined on the dissertation itself and possibly on related topics. In addition to the dissertation, the degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits, comprising 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research.