Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The MAE graduate curriculum is located in the MAE graduate handbook.

The faculty of the department strives to offer graduate courses that will challenge the students’ capabilities, inform them of cutting-edge innovations, and develop in them an appreciation of the deep beauty and history of our discipline. Toward these ends, the curriculum has three goals: 

  1. To ensure that all graduates possess a broad knowledge of the fundamentals that underlie Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  2. To ensure that all graduates have a deep knowledge within one of the department’s three primary disciplines

  3. To provide sufficient flexibility within our program for interdisciplinary students, acknowledging the great diversity within MAE and its emerging areas

The particular focus areas range in scales from macro to nano, and in scope from highly theoretical to quite applied, and utilize state-of-the-art analytical, computational, and experimental tools.

The courses in the MAE department are categorized into the following three areas: analytical math, numerical, and topical. With the approval of their advisor and the Department, graduate students must take a minimum number of classes from each area that form the graduate student’s “Core Courses.”

  • Ph.D. students must complete 36 credit hours of course work, including 15 credit hours of core courses, and 6 semesters of MAE seminar.

​This department also offers a direct Ph.D option, in which students do not earn a Masters of Science degree and proceed directly to a Ph.D. This allows for faster completion of the Ph.D program. Students can decide if this is a good option for them by discussing it with their advisor.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found here.