Jun 29, 2022
Dr. Pierre Larochelle
Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Civil Mechanical Building Room #129
Dr. Karim Muci
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Civil Mechanical Building Room #171
Program Assistant I
Civil Mechanical Building Room #129
(605) 394 - 2401
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering doctoral program is to provide students with advanced learning in the classroom and mentoring to conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical systems, or manufacturing/controls. The primary goal of the program is to develop technical experts that become world-class scholars and leaders in either academia or industry.
Distribution of credits
Core requirements: 3 credits
Research requirements: 20-36 credits
Elective requirements: 33-49 credits
Total credits: 72
At least 36 of the required 72 credits must be taken at the 600 level or above.
Students may apply 24 coursework credits and 6 research credits from a previous MS degree toward the PhD requirements, subject to approval by the student’s committee.
The completion of a doctoral dissertation, approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Education, is required for this degree. All the research credits taken by the PhD student must be ME 898D Dissertation with the exception of 6 research credits which may be transferred from the MS degree with the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee. The 6 MS research credits transferred must be ME 798 or equivalent research credits.
- A minimum of 21 credits selected from the ME electives list below
- An additional 12-28 elective credits (no more than 18 credits may have a prefix other than ME)
- All electives must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee
ME electives list
Substitution of equivalent courses is allowed with the approval of the student’s graduate advisory committee.
In addition to the successful completion of the curriculum, the program of study requires passing a qualifying exam, submitting a research topic proposal, passing a comprehensive exam, and successfully defending the dissertation.
The Qualifying exam tests the student’s background knowledge and ability to pursue advanced courses and dissertation research. All students coming into the PhD program are required to take the qualifying exam within the first 12 months of residency. The qualifying exam shall be a written exam, administered by the department’s graduate committee, once each semester. All students meeting the time standards for the qualifying exam will take the test at the same time.
Comprehensive examination and admission to candidacy
All students coming into the PhD program with an MS degree are required to complete the comprehensive exam within their first academic year (fall, spring, summer semesters). Students coming into the program with a BS degree must complete the comprehensive exam after their coursework is substantially completed.
The comprehensive exam shall include 1) an oral and written coursework exam; and 2) a proposal defense in which students will be required to write and orally defend their research proposal to their selected advisory committee. Review of the examinations will be accomplished as soon as possible by all members of the committee. Upon completion of the comprehensive examination, the major professor and department head will recommend to the dean of graduate education that the student be admitted to PhD candidacy. The comprehensive examination, and subsequent admission to candidacy, must be completed at least 12 months before the dissertation is defended.
A successful dissertation defense and a final oral examination are required for this degree.