• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering . Students will have the ability to pursue research and complete a dissertation of original research.


  • Research-focused degree program
  • Requires successful completion of 72 graduate credit hours
  • Must maintain at least 3.0 GPA throughout program
  • Key component is dissertation, features original research, typically 24 credit hours effort
  • Major advisor plays important role throughout
  • Nearly all PhD students receive a stipend (RA or TA), plus full tuition scholarship (see Financial Support page for details)
  • Milestones: Qualifying Exam, Preliminary Exam, Dissertation Defense
  • Full-time status: Requires nine credit hours per semester, plus RA or TA
  • Program duration: Typically three plus years from BS degree
  • Informal courses: Up to twelve credit hours are permitted

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall Admission

    • December 1: Full consideration for funding/fellowships
    • December 15: Consideration for department funding
    • April 15: Domestic applicants who are not requesting financial aid
    Spring Admission
    • September 15: Full consideration for funding/fellowships
    • December 15: Self-funded applicants
    We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      4 to 5+ Years

  • Credits
    72 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The selection of the program of courses and the student's dissertation research are under the supervision of a PhD program committee chaired by the student's advisor.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 48 credit hours of graduate course work
  • 12-24 credit hours of dissertation work, for a total of 72 credit hours

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Normally, at least three academic years of full-time graduate study, beyond the baccalaureate degree, are required to complete the PhD degree requirements.
  • Students can enter the PhD program with or without a MS degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23100 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11310 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Buffalo

  • 920 - 1560 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships
    • University at Buffalo Presidential Fellowships
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
    • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships
    • Fulbright Programs
    • Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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