The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering is ideal for students looking to pursue advanced-level careers in industry, research, or academia. Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering undertake advanced research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor (Principal Investigator), most often on a government or industry funded project as a paid research assistant. The degree plan involves consideration of a challenging problem utilizing analytical, experimental, and/or design techniques. This research – in addition to coursework, exams, journal articles, and dissertation credits – culminates in a final dissertation. The dissertation contains new analytical knowledge, experimental knowledge, design knowledge, or a combination thereof. The dissertation must make an original contribution to the field.

Effective Fall 2023

Select one course from the following:3
Mathematical Modeling for Chemical Engineers
Numerical Methods in Science and Engineering
Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
Computational Methods for Mechanical Eng.
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Advanced Mechanical Systems
Materials Issues in Mechanical Design
Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Heat Transfer
Electives 13-32
Master Degree Credit
Master Degree Credit 230
Dissertation: Bioengineering
Dissertation: Energy Conversion
Dissertation: Environmental Engineering
Dissertation: Heat and Mass Transfer
Dissertation: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dissertation: Mechanics and Design
Dissertation: Computer-Assisted Engineering
Dissertation: Robotics
Dissertation: Solar Engineering
Dissertation: Computational Fluids
Dissertation: Materials
Dissertation: Plasma
Dissertation: Motorsport Engineering
Program Total Credits:72

 A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program. Of the 72 minimum credits required for this program, at least 21 credits must be at the 500-level or above and earned at CSU. Minimum of 15 credits with the MECH subject code. Minimum 12 credits in regular courses numbered 500 and above (not including dissertation, independent study, or supervised teaching).


 Select courses with approval of advisor and graduate committee.


 A maximum of 30 credits may be accepted from an engineering master's degree.