Ph.D. On Campus

Mechanical Engineering

University of Utah

36 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering degreeat University of Utah  is designed to give students in-depth study in a particular research emphasis. Doctorate students have more say in crafting their topics and designing their research. In the workforce, doctorate graduates earn more than graduates with only a master’s. 


The first checkpoint in a doctorate student’s career is the Qualifying Exam. Students must pass this exam in order to be officially admitted to candidacy in the Ph.D. program. The exam is directed at testing students’ understanding and application of basic concepts and mastery of technical knowledge in different areas. 

Learning outcomes

The exam is administered near the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, and should be taken early in the student’s Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering program at University of Utah.

The second checkpoint is a dissertation research proposal defense, which is given within a year of passing the qualifying examination and at least 8 months prior to the dissertation defense. The proposal defense assesses the student’s research abilities and is administrated and scored by the student’s supervisory committee. Passing the proposal defense indicates that the student’s proposed dissertation research is approved by the committee and can commence.

Programme Structure

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  • Ph.D. Post-BS Program of Study
  • Ph.D. Post-BS Robotics Track Program of Study
  • Ph.D. Post-BS Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study
  • Ph.D. Post-MS Program of Study
  • Ph.D. Post-MS Robotics Track Program of Study
  • Ph.D. Post-MS Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An applicant for admission to The Graduate School must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration;
  • Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their graduate program.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Salt Lake City

1000 - 1730 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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