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Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

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University rank #421 (QS) , IA,
The graduate programs in mechanical engineering educate students in more depth and breadth than is possible at the baccalaureate level. This prepares the graduate to use contemporary methods at advanced levels in professional careers in engineering design, development, teaching, and research.


Students may develop programs emphasizing fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fatigue and fracture mechanics, and mechanical systems. Some may pursue more general programs that combine emphases. Others may specialize in interdisciplinary areas (e.g., energy engineering, materials engineering, automatic control, chemical processes), which involve a combination of mechanical and industrial engineering departmental courses and appropriate electives from other departments in the College of Engineering and across the University. Ph.D. programs may center on any one of these areas through choice of appropriate course work and research topic.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The mechanical engineering program offers the following research and study areas:
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Thermal Sciences
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    English Language Requirements

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 3

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • An application for graduate funding
    • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
    • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
    • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      28726 USD/year
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    • National

      30513 USD/year
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    • In-State

      11572 USD/year
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    Living costs for Iowa City

    • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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