60 months
870 USD/credit 6264 USD/year
870 USD/credit 6264 USD/year
870 USD/credit 6264 USD/year
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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.


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)

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

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

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  • International

    6264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 USD per credit during 60 months.
  • National

    6264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 USD per credit during 60 months.
  • In-State

    6264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 USD per credit during 60 months.

Living costs for Dearborn

1000 - 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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