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Overview

 Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University will undertake advanced research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor (principal investigator), most often on a government or industry funded project as a paid research assistant. 

Key facts:

The degree plan will involve consideration of a challenging problem utilizing analytical, experimental, and/or design techniques. 

This research – in addition to coursework, exams, journal articles, and dissertation credits – will culminate in a final dissertation. The dissertation will contain new analytical knowledge, experimental knowledge, design knowledge, or a combination thereof. The dissertation must make an original contribution to the field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Fall Admission: Full consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted all documents by January 15. Applications received before April 1 will be considered only on a space-available basis.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Mechanical Systems
  • Materials Issues in Mechanical Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Advanced Heat Transfer

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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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).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    150

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    155

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

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    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

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or engineering-related field
  • GPA:
    • MS: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or First Class standing
    • PhD: 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or First Class standing
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Physics 1, 2 (calculus based)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1432 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    5684 USD/credit
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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