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Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Ph.D.

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Dearborn, MI, United States
The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan - Dearborn educates and trains talented students who will conduct original and innovative research in the engineering field, educate future generations, and play leading roles in developing cutting-edge technologies while working in industry, academia, and government.
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The doctoral program has a strong orientation toward the interfaces between the science of mechanical engineering and other areas. In addition to the core mechanical engineering subfields, such as mechanical and thermo-fluid sciences, the program’s areas of research training include the emerging fields in which mechanical engineering intersects with the materials sciences, bioengineering, automotive engineering, optical engineering, and advanced energy technologies. 

The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan - Dearborn is highly selective and offers admission to exceptional students who have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering, applied math, computer science, or physical science.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the foundational principles of mechanical sciences and engineering and the chosen specialization. (Tag: Theory & Tools)
  • Students will be able to conduct high-quality original research in the broad field of mechanical sciences and engineering. (Tag: Research & Innovation/Problem Solving)
  • Students will be able to communicate and disseminate their knowledge to a broader audience. (Tag: Scholarship)
  • Students will be able to demonstrate preparedness for varied responsibilities and opportunities for careers in industrial research and academia. (Tag: Research & Scholarship)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • Study or Research in Selected Mechanical Engineering Topics
  • Experimental Research in Mechanical Engineering
  • Guided Study in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master’s Thesis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 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. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    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

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field with a minimum GPA (grade point average) at or equivalent to 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates with other engineering degrees or degrees from non-engineering fields are considered with the understanding that they have to complete remediation coursework upon admission.
  • Submission of recent GRE scores and, for non-native English speakers, recent scores of an advanced English proficiency exam, such as TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Submission of a full application package, which, in addition to the above, includes: 
    • at least three letters of recommendation (must be on letterhead and indicate the student's research potential),
    • a curriculum vitae (CV) or a resume,
    • an academic statement of purpose indicating the intended field or fields of research, and
    • a personal statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    445 USD/semester
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  • National

    445 USD/semester
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Living costs for Dearborn

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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