The quantitative requirement for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering is 72 credit hours. Of these, 36 to 48 units must be course credit, and 24 to 36 units must be research credit, MEMS 600. Units earned toward a previous MS in Engineering may be counted toward these totals.
Full Support & Funding
Our PhD students are fully funded, including full tuition support and health insurance. As a doctoral candidate, you will also receive a generous stipend to cover living expenses. This support is guaranteed as you continue to make satisfactory progress towards your degree.
The overall grade-point average must be 3.00 or better.
Full-time doctoral students in any area are required to take MEMS 501 Seminar every semester. This is a zero-unit, pass-fail course.
Courses may be chosen from 400- and graduate-level engineering courses with the following restrictions:
A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study, MEMS 500, are allowed.
A maximum of 6 units of 400-level courses are allowed, and these must be from courses not required for the BSME degree (if counted for the MSME degree).
Each course must be approved by the candidate's thesis advisor.
The student must pass the qualifying examination, successfully present a thesis proposal, write a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it in an oral examination before a faculty committee. The committee should consist of at least five members, at least three of which are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. At least one member must be from outside of the department.
A residency requirement of two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment in doctoral studies is also required. To receive a PhD, the candidate must satisfy the applicable teaching requirements of the Graduate School.
PhD students in the McKelvey School of Engineering are fully-funded, with a competitive stipend and full tuition remission.
Olin Fellowship Program Outstanding women applying for admission are encouraged to compete for the prestigious Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Studies.
Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program was established in 1991 for the purpose of providing strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors.
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University in St. Louis incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through partnerships, they lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare Scholars to be effective leaders in a global community.
Dean's International Award The Dean’s International Award is designed for PhD applicants who are currently undergraduate or master’s degree students from any of the select universities outside of the U.S.