Ph.D. On Campus

Mechanical Engineering

The University of Iowa

24 months
30853 USD/year
30853 USD/year
11906 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The MS and the PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Iowa are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Engineering. 


The Mechanical Engineering graduate program in the College of Engineering from The University of Iowa emphasizes in-depth learning and research. 

In collaboration with faculty across campus, the faculty are currently researching a diverse range of topics within the field. For more information, see the Department of Mechanical Engineering website.

Career Advancement

  • Engineering Career Services develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students in the College of Engineering. 
  • Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and provide opportunities for students to network with employers, including an engineering career fair each semester and other programming related to career development.

Programme Structure

  • The Doctor of Philosophy program in mechanical engineering requires 72 s.h. of graduate credit, including a minimum of 42 s.h. in mechanical engineering courses (prefix ME) with at least 12 s.h. selected from courses numbered ME:6000 or above. 
  • Students also must complete a minimum of 12 s.h. in thesis research in ME:7299 Research: Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Dissertation. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation.  A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students.  You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30853 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30853 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30853 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11906 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11906 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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