Program Overview

The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn educates and trains talented students who will conduct original and innovative research in the engineering field, educate future generations, and play leading roles in developing cutting edge technologies while working in industry, academia, and government. The doctoral program has a strong orientation toward the interfaces between the science of mechanical engineering and other areas. In addition to the core mechanical engineering subfields, such as mechanical and thermo-fluid sciences, the program’s areas of research training include the emerging fields in which mechanical engineering intersects with the materials sciences, bioengineering, automotive engineering, optical engineering, and advanced energy technologies.   

The Ph.D. program is highly selective and offers admission to exceptional students who have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering, applied math, computer science, or physical science.

Student financial support:

The department offers a competitive financial aid package in the form of an appointment as a graduate student instructor (GSI) or research assistant (GSRA) to all admitted students without external funding or employment. 

All admitted students are required to register every fall and winter term until graduation or have an approved leave of absence. Students are also required to follow the timeline for completing the program milestones, requirements, and expectations to remain in good standing in the program.

Currently employed student are encouraged to apply with evidence of employer support.

All admissions are for the Fall term only.

If you have additional questions, please contact the program chair: Dr. Oleg Zikanov.

The specific learning goals of the program is that the graduates will have:

  • A strong foundation in engineering science and deep knowledge of the chosen field
  • The ability to conduct high-quality original research in the broad field of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • The ability to communicate and disseminate their knowledge to a broader audience
  • Preparedness for varied responsibilities and opportunities of careers in industrial research and academia.