Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The objective of the PhD program is the accomplishment of independent and original research work leading to significant advancement of knowledge in the field of mechanical engineering.

Program requirements

The PhD program requires successful completion of at least 6.0 units of courses (with a minimum of 3.0 units of course work in mechanical engineering, and a maximum of one directed studies course) beyond the master's program, a 1.5 unit seminar, and the successful defense of a 27.0 unit dissertation.

In consultation with their supervisors, graduate students set up their programs by selecting their courses and thesis projects. All programs must be approved by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.


The minimum requirement for admission to the doctoral program is a master's degree in science or engineering. In exceptional cases, a student registered for a master's degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering may be allowed to transfer to the doctoral program without completing the master's program.  

Admission to the program is subject to the sponsorship of a supervisor. Students should contact potential supervisors before applying.

Learn how to apply for admission.