PhD Mechanical Engineering
University of Connecticut College of Engineering Graduate Programs
4 - 5 years
Earliest start date
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers degree programs leading Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
To determine the appropriate course requirements the student must first choose one of the two areas of concentration in the Mechanical Engineering Department
Scholarships and Funding
In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:
- Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
- Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
- Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
- Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GMAT (when available).
The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.
- The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
- The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).
For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.
- Four Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. core courses in the student’s area of. If the M.S. degree was obtained from the University of Connecticut and the student has already taken the four core classes, they may be replaced with four Mechanical Engineering elective courses.
- One advanced graduate course in mathematics, computational or engineering analysis, or statistics.
- Two elective courses. Elective courses outside of engineering, science or mathematics must be approved by the student’s advisor and advisory committee in advance. Courses that are specific for the Master of Engineering M.Eng. program, including ENGR 5311, 5312, and 5314, may not be used towards the Ph.D. degree.
- ME 6340 Graduate Seminar for at least five semesters enrolled in the Ph.D. program as a full-time student (part-time students must have attended and passed the ME 6340 course for a minimum of two semesters during their one-year residency period). A student is required to attend at least five ME seminars during the semester to pass ME 6340.
- Fifteen GRAD 6340 course credits, as described in the Graduate Catalog.
If a student has completed equivalent courses in a well-established graduate program, they can apply for a waiver by petitioning the ME Department Head by the end of the first semester. If a waiver is granted, the student may substitute an equal or greater number of elective graduate course credits for the waived course credits. However, at least two of the required ME core courses must be taken at the University of Connecticut.
At most two independent study courses can be applied towards course work requirements and only one independent study course can be taken with the student’s major advisor as instructor.