Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy

Mechanical

Engineering

EG 1374 MECH-PHD

Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering will undertake advanced research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor (P.I.), most often on a government or industry funded project as a paid research assistant.
The degree plan will involve consideration of a challenging problem utilizing analytical, experimental, and/or design techniques. The objective may be 1) to determine and explain the behavior of a simple system or 2) to bring into logical order the techniques of a field which has experienced random growth. This research – in addition to coursework, exams, journal articles, and dissertation credits – will culminate in a final dissertation.
The dissertation will contain new analytical knowledge, experimental knowledge, design knowledge, or a combination thereof. Whatever its nature, the dissertation must make an original contribution to the field. 

Mechanical Engineering

EG 1374 MECH-PHD

Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering will undertake advanced research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor (P.I.), most often on a government or industry funded project as a paid research assistant.
The degree plan will involve consideration of a challenging problem utilizing analytical, experimental, and/or design techniques. The objective may be 1) to determine and explain the behavior of a simple system or 2) to bring into logical order the techniques of a field which has experienced random growth. This research – in addition to coursework, exams, journal articles, and dissertation credits – will culminate in a final dissertation.
The dissertation will contain new analytical knowledge, experimental knowledge, design knowledge, or a combination thereof. Whatever its nature, the dissertation must make an original contribution to the field. 

Requirements

These departmental requirements are minimums and may differ from general Graduate School requirements. In some cases, additional coursework may be required by a particular program and/or student’s committee. For graduate school requirements, please refer to Section E.4.2 of the Graduate and Professional Bulletin.

With a Master of Science in Engineering

  • Completion of 72 credit hours of approved graduate coursework required
    • 42 semester credits of Ph.D. graduate work in approved course of study
    • 30 semester credits automatically applied for M.S. in Engineering from an accredited university with original transcript
    • Maximum 10 transfer credits for courses numbered 500 and above, earned after the M.S. degree, and not counted towards any other degree (with original transcript)
  • Minimum 32 credits earned at CSU
    • Minimum 21 credits in courses numbered 500 and above
    • Minimum 12 credits in regular courses numbered 500 and above (not including dissertation, independent study or supervised teaching)
    • Maximum 30 dissertation credits may be applied to the degree
    • Three courses from core course list (equivalents may be substituted)
  • Minimum one journal publication accepted in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Minimum one journal publication submitted or second paper completed
  • Minimum 24 departmental seminars attended
  • Oral Qualifying Examination (by the 3rd semester)
  • Ph.D. Preliminary Examination
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Defense (final examination)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Submission

With a Bachelor of Science in Engineering

  • Completion of 72 credit hours of graduate work in approved course of study
    • Maximum 10 transfer credits for credits earned after the bachelor’s degree not counted towards any other degree (with original transcript)
  • Minimum 62 credits earned at CSU
    • Minimum 42 credits in courses numbered 500 and above
    • Minimum 30 credits in regular courses numbered 500 and above (not including dissertation, independent study or supervised teaching)
    • Maximum 42 thesis/dissertation credits may be applied to the degree
    • Three courses from core list
  • Minimum two publications submitted to a peer-reviewed journal (or one publication submitted and second paper completed)
  • Minimum one publication accepted in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Minimum 16 departmental seminars attended
  • Oral Qualifying Examination (by the 4th semester)
  • Ph.D. Preliminary Examination
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Defense (final examination)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Submission
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Core Courses

Complete three courses from the following list with a grade of B or better.

Note: MATH 530, MECH 568, or CBE 521 must be taken by all Ph.D. students.

MATH 530: Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

MECH 568: Computational Methods for Mechanical Engineers

CBE 521: Mathematical Modeling for Chemical Engineers

CIVE 560: Advanced Mechanics of Materials

MECH 529: Advanced Mechanical Systems

MECH 532: Materials Issues in Mechanical Design

MECH 538: Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics

MECH 539: Advanced Fluid Mechanics

MECH 544: Advanced Heat Transfer

Dissertation Credits

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)
Prerequisite: None
Restriction: Must be a Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grade Mode: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory only. 
Special Course Fee: No

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