Ph.D. On Campus

Mechanical Engineering

Northern Arizona University

24 months
25708 USD/year
25708 USD/year
10480 USD/year
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The Mechanical Engineering program of the Northern Arizona University provides advanced training in research through advanced topics coursework and research experience, using an integrative and comprehensive disciplinary approach.


Students develop expertise in engineering modeling, experimentation and analysis at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development, national laboratories, or academia. The knowledge gained during the Mechanical Engineering program of the Northern Arizona University, will prepare you to provide solutions to complex engineering problems.

Purpose Statement

The program focuses on training students on the application of analytical, computational and experimental tools to solve engineering problems, in one or more areas. The scope of the program is to provide students with technical agility in the research areas indicated above, as well as the ability to cross disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to solve increasingly interdisciplinary and complex engineering problems.

Students will also be trained to critically evaluate problems and identify the best tools, methods, approaches to be deployed for identifying optimal solutions for them. Training will occur through a combination of traditional lectures, research, and personalized mentoring by faculty advisors. Opportunities for employment of Mechanical Engineering Ph.D.’s are common in a broad range of industries, including but not limited to aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, biomedical, etc., as well as in national laboratories and academia. ME Ph.D.’s can take on positions in training, marketing, sales, software development, and technical support.


Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Research and development careers in industry, e.g., automotive, aerospace, and energy
  • Engineering and/or research careers in National Laboratories.
  • Academic positions

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Thermal Analysis
  • Wind Energy Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall Priority: February 1


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency
  • A minimum of a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field
  • GRE scores
  • Three references (submitted via a web interface)
  • A personal statement describing their professional goals and research interests
  • A resume or curriculum vitae

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25708 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25708 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10480 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Flagstaff

1010 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


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