PhD Program Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to doctoral studies in mechanical engineering are as follows.

  1. A baccalaureate in engineering or a related field from a recognized institution;
  2. An average of "B" or better in the last 60 credits of work attempted;
  3. A score of 145 or higher on the verbal and 150 or higher on the quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted;
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in both written and spoken English. A student from a non-English-speaking country is required to take the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 550 (CBT-213, iBT-79), or take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of least 6.0.
  5. Three letters of reference attesting to the student's potential for graduate studies in mechanical engineering;
  6. Approval for admission by the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering. Usually, an applicant admitted will have a strong record of achievement that exceeds the minimum requirements. It is anticipated almost every applicant will already have a master's degree, but it is not an absolute requirement. Approval for admission by the department will be based on an evaluation of the student's record in terms of likelihood of success in the PhD program.