PhD Programs

MechSE's graduate program is consistently ranked among the best in the world and is currently ranked 7th among Graduate ME programs by US News & World Report.

98% of our incoming PhD track students for Fall 2019 are funded through fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships and are receiving full tuition waivers. 93% are fully funded, and another 5% hold half-time research assistantships.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


ANNOUNCEMENT: Between September 16, 2019, and January 15, 2020, The Grainger College of Engineering is offering an application fee waiver to domestic applicants who apply to a Grainger Engineering PhD program and who hold a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree. Qualified applicants must select the option “Are you applying for the 3.5 GPA or higher app fee waiver?” from the dropdown box in the “Fee Section” of the online admission application. Applicants must meet the admission requirements to enter the department’s PhD program in order to receive the application fee waiver. Please note that the deadline to apply to the MS and PhD programs at MechSE for Fall 2020 remains December 10, 2019.